Just a little over a century ago, the site of Oklahoma City was a grass-and-timbered land of gently rolling hills flattening out into prairie in the west. Today, Oklahoma City sprawls across 625 square miles of America’s heartland. It’s metro population numbers more than a million – a third of the entire state’s population.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma City have a fascinating history that stretches back past the oil boom, the Great Land Run of 1889, the great cattle drives, the Civil War, the Five Civilized Tribes and the Plains Indians, back before Coronado crossed the land looking for his City of Gold – back to when thundering herds of dinosaurs roamed the windy prairies.
Some sites to see in Oklahoma City:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum – 1700 NE 63rd; (405)478-2250; Admission: $8.50 Adults;, $7.00 Senior Citizens; $4.00 Children 6-12; Children under 6 are free.
Hours: June- August 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, September – May 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Open July 4, 1999 are three new historical galleries, the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, and Prosperity Junction, a re-created authentic western town. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.
Oklahoma Firefighters Museum – 2716 NE 50th; (405)424-3440; Admission: $3.00 Adults, $1.50 Children, $2.00 Senior Citizens. Hours: Seven days a week, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma’s first fire station is displayed along with the finest specimens of firefighting equipment anywhere. Visit their new website
Oklahoma Opry – 404 W. Commerce, OKC, OK 73109 (405)632-8322
The Oklahoma Opry is in it’s 21st year, but, we are still Oklahoma’s best kept secret! Governor Keating and the Dept. of Tourism have helped by naming us “Oklahoma’s Country Music Show.” Regular Saturday night performances at 8:00 p.m.
Read Ranch – Route 1, West of Chandler on Route 66, 405-258-2999
Read Ranch is a working guest ranch with wooded trail rides, chuckwagon suppers, breakfast rides, petting zoo, Longhorn cattle and buffalo. Great for groups! In the beautiful rolling hills of central Oklahoma, just 35 minutes from Oklahoma City. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is priced by activity.
The Great American Trucking Show