13. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
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Trip End Aug 04, 2012


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to the prairies, although not as flat as the Dakotas, and not nearly as green. The drought looks pretty severe in Oklahoma. We got to OKC and went straight to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was really very interesting, including Western paintings and sculpture, as well as exhibits on cowboy life and a replica of a little town. There was a room dedicated to barbed wire, which I (alone) found pretty fascinating.

Next stop, the State Capitol. Very impressive building, and there are a bunch of pumpjacks around it and nearby buildings. They looked like they had tanks, so, I'm assuming they were active wells. I'm told the city is above a huge field, so that makes sense. OKC grew up when thousands of lots around the train station were sold overnight. Today, it's the home to two of the largest independent oil companies, Devon and Chesapeake, in addition to many others. The city seems to be under a total overhaul, so business must be good!

We went to the Oklahoma City Memorial, which was very sobering and sad. After a mini history lecture, we went to the Stockyards (they are still active), and had dinner at Cattleman's where I taught the kids the difference between sauntering and walking in the 100 degree heat.

Off to Fort Worth and Big D next by way of Fayetteville.  Really! Why, you mas ask.  How else would we get to Arkansas!
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