Even Buck Atom is wearing a mask these days

Landmark Route 66 gift shop mascot becomes virus compliant

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Artist Adam Carnes (black shirt) and Gary Coulson place a bandana as a face mask as Buck Atom becomes Covid 19 compliant in Tulsa | Tulsa World photos by Mike Simons

Even Buck Atom is wearing a mask these days.

If you’ve traveled historic Route 66 through Tulsa, Oklahoma, you likely remember Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios, a Mother Road landmark with its tall missile-toting cowboy. 

According to a report in the Tulsa World, store owner Mary Beth Babcock commissioned artist Adam Carnes so Buck could meet the mandate of a local ordinance that requires folks in Tulsa to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Store owner Mary Beth Babcock photographs the action as Buck Atom gets his Covid-19 mask

For those who haven’t been on that section of Route 66, Buck Atom is the “Space Cowboy” on a mission to celebrate the magic of the Mother Road and to encourage its future. If Buck looks familiar, it’s because he was a former Muffler Man mascot redone as a rodeo cowboy who somehow found himself in the Space Age.

By the way, during the pandemic, Bucks is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The shop allows only 4 customers at a time and sanitizes between visitors. 

For more information, visit Buck’s website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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