Notice: This post is being written during the COVID-19 pandemic and at this time, the Oklahoma City National Memorial is closed to visitors. Please stay safe and follow your state or country’s guidelines for travel in your region. More information on the museum’s current status can be found here.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
On that fateful morning, the clock stopped. It was 9:02 AM and people were just starting their day. In that instant, lives would forever be changed and for 168 men, women, and children, their lives ended. Across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Building, a meeting of the water commission was just getting underway. The moderator started a recorder to document the events of the meeting and began the opening statements. Continue reading
Do you like all things Route 66 but don’t have time to travel the entire Mother Road? There is but one place to go, then. OK County 66, just out of Oklahoma City near the little town of Arcadia, Oklahoma. John Hargrave apparently needed something to do after he retired, so he bought some land adjacent to Route 66 and built a roadside attraction. Continue reading
After last week’s Travel Tuesday visit to a site honoring those lost in one of our nation’s tragedies, it’s time to take a ride on one of our nation’s good time highways. Route 66 winds from Chicago to L.A. (is there a song here somewhere?) Leaving the Oklahoma City Memorial, our hosts Jacques and Dorothy suggested a trip down a section of the Mother Road that still exists between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Continue reading
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
I am sitting here in the wake of another national tragedy reflecting on the lives of 58 gone in an instant and over six hundred wounded at a concert in Las Vegas. However, this post is a remembrance of April 19, 1995. It started out as a normal day in the lives of a typical American citizenry. At 9:01 AM, the day was just getting started. Workers at the Alfred P. Murrah Building were just settling into their morning’s work. Continue reading
A few Sundays ago, I posted a single cell photo of a composite sculpture called “Cattle Drive”. Located at the junction of highways U.S. 69 and U.S. 270, a small herd of cattle, two cowhands on horseback and a blue heeler appear to be moving along the hillside, assumedly going to market. The sculpture was created by Pendleton, Oregon’s Michael Booth, commissioned by Gary and Ruyana Fugitt of McAlester in honor of Ruyana’s father who spent his life ranching. Continue reading
At the junction of highways U.S. 69 and U.S. 270, there are a handful of cattle, two cowhands and a blue heeler on the hillside. How do I know they are still there? They are parts of an elaborate dyed concrete sculpture on the property of the McAlester campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Continue reading