OKC’s Automobile Alley

Automobile Alley

Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City is the area along Broadway from about 4th to 13th. It first hit my radar as a district and not just a street downtown about three years ago. That’s when I participated in an architectural scavenger hunt that the American Institute of Architects was hosting. 

After the tour, I wanted to know more about the area so I worked the Google and learned that Broadway Avenue was the first main road in Oklahoma City. As a matter of fact, so that a stagecoach with a team of horses could turn around completely it was the made the widest street in town

By the 1920’s Broadway was our state’s hub for auto sales, hence the monicker, Automobile Alley. At one time, there were over 50 dealerships like Buick and Packard Oklahoma Motor Company along that stretch. An incredible 95% of the entire state’s car sales were made on that street.

Sure, you can still buy a car on Broadway in Oklahoma City. Jaguar, Volvo and Mercedes Benz all have dealerships there but the Oklahoma City district offers so much more than new car smell. You can shop locally owned businesses like Plenty Mercantile for lovely gifts and unique accessories for the home or Schlegel Bicycle for the finest bikes in town.  Reserve a table at Red Prime Steakhouse or grab a bite at my favorite, S&B Burger Joint. 

Or, plan to see it all on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 during the Automobile Alley Shop Hop. That’s when businesses extend their hours and offer specials. Live music is played and there are activities for the entire family. Yet another reason to head downtown!

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