Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Modern day Route 66 embraces its vintage roots. On the Mother Road you’ll find so many examples of restored and fondly remembered roadside attractions, service stations, motels, and more. But you’ll also find a new breed of Route 66 attraction. Ones that pay homage to the past with a definite modern twist. You’ll find just that at one of Route 66’s newest attractions: Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66 and the Buck Atom Space Cowboy muffler man.

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66 was opened by Mary Beth Babcock in 2018. The quirky shop is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a repurposed classic 1950’s PEMCO gas station. Stop in for souvenirs, home decor, apparel, and memorabilia that celebrate Route 66, Tulsa, and even Bigfoot.

But that’s not all to see here. Outside of the gift shop you’ll also find a space cowboy muffler man, a big neon sign, a Route 66 robot, a fiberglass chef pig named Piggy Stardust, a BBQ food truck, a Route 66 mural, and even a themed AirBNB.

Here’s everything to look out for when you visit Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66

Tulsa Route 66 Souvenir Shop

Visit the Route 66 souvenir shop to take home a memento of your trip. Find here t-shirts, mugs, magnets, original artwork, and plushies and bobbleheads modeled after the shop’s muffler man.

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man

One of the star attractions at Buck Atom’s is the 21-foot tall space cowboy muffler man. Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road. But this one isn’t an original. This one was a brand new, custom-made, space cowboy that bridges the vintage charm of an original with a modern twist.

Nicknamed “Buck Atom” the roadside attraction was created by fiberglass artist Mark Cline. He used a mold made from a 1960s cowboy muffler man that had previously been seen in Calgary, Alberta. Buck stands tall, wearing red, blue, and silver along with a yellow cowboy hat. In his hands he holds a silver rocketship, designed by local artist Chris Wollard. Dedicated on May 11, 2019, Buck quickly became a must-see Route 66 roadside attraction.

Buck isn’t always dressed up in a monster mask as seen here, but if you visit in October look for him dressed up for Halloween!

Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Neon Sign

Neon signs are synonymous with Route 66 businesses, so it was only fitting for Bucks to install one shortly after opening. The light-up sign is topped with a 6-foot shield, was built by Encinos Signs, designed by Todd Danders of Roadhouse Relics and dedicated on April 29, 2020.

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Piggy Stardust fiberglass chef pig

“Piggy Stardust,” a big, pink, fiberglass pig in a chef’s hat, came to Buck Atom’s in 2021. It previously lived atMagic Forest, a storybook amusement park located in Lake George, New York that opened in 1963 but is now closed.

Piggy stardust fiberglass chef pig at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Piggy stardust fiberglass chef pig at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Piggy stardust fiberglass chef pig at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Piggy stardust fiberglass chef pig at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Lilliput Robots on 66

Robots on 66 is a new initiative aimed at adding fun robot statues to popular Oklahoma Route 66 attractions as a leadup to the Route 66 centennial in 2026. Liliput was the first Route 66 robot created. The yellow and orange creation was fabricated by Sawyer Manufacturing & Fabrication. Find another robot in Oklahoma City.

Lilliput Robots on 66 at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lilliput Robots on 66 at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lilliput Robots on 66 at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lilliput Robots on 66 at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Route 66 Murals

On the surrounding fences and building look for some fun Route 66 murals created by Clean Hands Army.

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lilliput Robots on 66 at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Buck’s Cosmic Crash Pad on Route 66

If you love visiting Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios and checking out the space cowboy muffler man, book a stay in the adjoining AirBnb! Opened in 2020,this unique Tulsa AirBNB features quirky decor, a convenient location, and Bucks/Tulsa/Route 66 knickknacks and artwork that’s available for sale.

Buck’s Cosmic Crash Pad on Route 66 - Route 66 AirBNB in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Take a time machine and blast between the past and present here at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66. And be sure to say hello to Buck while you’re here.

Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

While visiting this top Oklahoma Route 66 attraction, be sure to cross the street to find the Meadow Gold Sign, and drive down the road for a meal at the Mother Road Market.


Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66

Address: 1347 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm; Sunday 10am-4pm; Closed Monday
Cost: Free to see, souvenir costs vary


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Modern day Route 66 embraces its vintage roots. On the Mother Road you’ll find many examples of restored and fondly remembered roadside attractions, service stations, motels, and more. But you’ll also find a new breed of Route 66 attraction. Ones that pay homage to the past with a definite modern twist. You’ll find just that at one of Route 66’s newest attractions: Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 and the Buck Atom Space Cowboy muffler man.  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #OklahomaRoadsideAttractions
Modern day Route 66 embraces its vintage roots. On the Mother Road you’ll find many examples of restored and fondly remembered roadside attractions, service stations, motels, and more. But you’ll also find a new breed of Route 66 attraction. Ones that pay homage to the past with a definite modern twist. You’ll find just that at one of Route 66’s newest attractions: Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 and the Buck Atom Space Cowboy muffler man.  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #OklahomaRoadsideAttractions

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!