Beyond that, I loved how they had different, fun galleries - Native American: representing American Indian life in western North America; American Rodeo: a lifelike 1950s era rodeo arena that showcased rodeo history, including champions, clothing and various memorabilia; Western Performers: a really fun gallery that was a tribute to the shaping of the movie cowboy, including Western stars such as John Wayne; and Prosperity Junction: a replica frontier town complete with the sights and sounds of the settlement at dusk.
|The End of the Trail (c1894) by James Earle Fraser|
|James Arness & Roy Rogers in the Western Performers Gallery|
|Jim Shoulders, Bucking Broncs in the American Rodeo Gallery|
Once fortified, we headed over to the Oklahoma History Center for some more insight into this interesting state. They too took great pride in the stars and people in the film industry that have come from Oklahoma, such as Joan Crawford & Brad Pitt (who still comes to visit his grandmother here), and movies that have been filmed here, like "Grapes of Wrath" and "Twister". But one of the most unusual things inside the museum, I thought, was The Century Chest. It was a chest that had been sealed into the basement of The First English Lutheran Church back on April 22, 1913, then opened a century later by that same church. Inside were documents, a quilt, photos, newspapers, paintings, clothing, recordings, books, poetry, and messages from individuals and organizations in 1913 to the people of 2013. The project had been embraced by the entire state as citizens, tribes, businesses, community organizations and legislators all participated. All was on display and very cool. So many times we see things go into one of these chests, but this is the first time I've ever seen anything that has come out of one!
Outside was another cool display, it was Devon Oil & Gas Exploration Park, of all the really early oil rigs and various equipment.
We ended the day with a last stop at the beautiful Centennial Land Run Monument. What a magnificent multi-piece sculpture. Bigger than life, but so realistic you feel caught up in it, part of it. The energy is incredible, hard to describe. It's placed among Prairie Grass, as it would have been then, in a park along a creek, that takes up at least a block. Truly something to spend time at.
Later that night we came back to the famous Cattlemen's Steakhouse for dinner. I had to try their signature steak, the 20oz T Bone! Of course I took half of it home, but boy was it great, and what a wonderful way to end our stay in this terrific city!
...on the road to Texas! Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/