Thieves target historic Route 66 gas station

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LUTHER, Okla. (KFOR) – Authorities in Luther say thieves recently targeted a historic site in the city.

The historic gas station in Threatt was known to accommodate African American travelers along Route 66 in the early 1900s.

The station was built in 1915 and still stands at the intersection of Route 66 and Pottawatomi Rd. near Luther.

National Parks Service officials say the station was one of the few places along Route 66 where people of color were welcome during segregation.

In 1995 he made the National Register of Historic Places.

Now authorities at the Luther Police Department say they are investigating after thieves targeted the gas station.

Police say thieves broke into the Threatt gas station and stole power tools and a trailer. They also dragged a metal fence for nearly 3/4 mile on County Line Rd. at NE 178th.

“Due to the fact that this is a federally recognized historic building, our agency has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigations,” the Luther Police Department said on Facebook.

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