Cyrus Stevens Avery

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Cyrus Stevens Avery was born in Stevensville, Pennsylvania back in 1871 to Alexander and Ruie.  In 1890, the family moved to Noel Missouri (not far from me).  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  After graduation he moved to Oklahoma City to work as an insurance agent.

In 1904, he moved to Vinita, Oklahoma where he was involved in real estate loans, he also invested in the oil industry.  In 1913, he was elected chairman of the Tulsa County Commission serving until 1916.  In 1925, he was appointed to the Joint Board of Interstate Highways.  He died in 1962 in Los Angeles, California, he was 91.

What you may not know about Cyrus is that he founded Avery Oil & Gas Company.  Not bad, not bad at all, but what he is most noted for is he is considered the “Father of Route 66”.  He also served as president of the Albert Pike Highway Association from 1917-1927. 

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Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I have been a frequent visitor along Route 66.  The next time, I will try to remember Cyrus.  

Nov 25, 2020 04:08 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have driven Route 66 and know of Albert Pike through the Masons but not of Mr. Avery.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 25, 2020 04:12 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

The Road 66 will be remembered for almost everyone.

Nov 25, 2020 04:30 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - some day I want to trace that Route 66 what is left of it.

Nov 25, 2020 04:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... who doesn't know of Route 66. Until this morning it never occurred to me to ask from where it came.

Nov 25, 2020 04:42 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. My friends just took the trip on Route 66 for their 66th birthday. They told me about Cyrus! Enjoy your day!

Nov 25, 2020 05:17 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems like he did quite a lot during his life!  I feel like oil and gas is becoming a thing of the past though.

Nov 25, 2020 05:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had never heard of him or of Avery Oil James Dray but as Nina Hollander said who has not heard of Route 66?

Nov 25, 2020 05:37 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Grandson of Cyrus "Father of Route 66" Avery dies at 85 - Route 66 News

Nov 25, 2020 05:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like Michael Jacobs I have driven Route 66, and I had no idea who Cyrus was.  Always learning! A

Nov 25, 2020 06:50 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

One of my grandsons is called Cyrus and if he is half as productive as the gentleman feautred today he will have lived a good life. 

Nov 25, 2020 07:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting for the great Route 66 that everyone call about and even a TV show I think.


Nov 25, 2020 08:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Nov 25, 2020 09:01 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Please forgive the "drive by" comment. I'm afraid that while I am away, my time is limited.
I wanted to say thank you for your posts. I am grateful meeting people like you here on AR. God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Nov 25, 2020 05:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH WOW! Who knew, James! The father of Route 66 - now that is a legacy!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Nov 26, 2020 03:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well I knew nothing about this gentleman but have spent some time on Route 66. And of course there's the song - "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"!


Nov 27, 2020 09:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Route 66 used to be my favorite TV show. I could imagine myself driving off looking for adventure in my Corvette.

Mar 09, 2021 07:16 AM

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