Famous OKCers: Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle is one of the favorite hometown heroes of Oklahoma City, having grown up here, and going on to play a fairly long professional career with one of the most famous Baseball teams ever, the New York Yankees. Mickey was born in Spavinaw, OK and lived most of his childhood life in Commerce, OK. He also briefly attended the University of Oklahoma in nearby Norman until he began playing baseball professionally.
There are many different memorials to Mickey, including the main street in the Bricktown District, and a statue of him outside the Bricktown Ballpark.
St Paul's Rebirth
A full third of the sanctuary was literally ripped away in the 1995 bombing. Images of the damage and reconstruction are on display in the church offices a little rightward of the main southern entrance. Today, after federal funding and determined reconstruction, the altar and the stained glass have been repaired or replaced, and once more the large wooden beams support the ceiling of the sanctuary.
I did not eat here as I had only popped in for a beverage or two. I regret this, only because if I had known more about the place, I would have spent my time here rather than at Hooters. The 'visuals' may not be as good, but I have a feeling I miised out by not giving the Brewery more time.
A renovated warehouse, they is plenty of wood panelling & wooden booths or tables for seating.
I did examine the menu and it's standard brewhouse fare although they did offer a range of barbeque foods.
I understand that they offer live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. They also have billiard tables, big screen TVs and video games.
Overall, I give my visit a 'Satisfied' but I think I would have marked it higher if I had visited longer or in the evening.
It's on my 'Must Go Back' list Of the beers on offer, I tried the 'Land Run' lager which was excellent
Oklahoma History Center
The Oklahoma History Center is a definite must for anyone curious about the Sooner state. The Smithsonian Institute affiliated museum opened in November 2005 in a striking new 215,000 square-foot building across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol. In fact, a three-story high curved glass wall in the building’s grand entry hall provides a truly astounding view of the Capitol building.
Arranged in several major galleries across two floors, the museum encompasses more than 50 topics, with over 2,000 artifacts. Topics include Native American cultures, exploration, the development of transportation and important industries, the unique ways in which the state was settled, growth and societal changes in rural and urban areas, entertainment, broadcasting, and sports, and many others.
The quality of the artifacts and the methods of display are first-rate. Particularly notable are the walk through replicas of a 1950's kitchen and a Depression-era farmhouse (with FDR on the radio and dust-bowl dirt on the windowsills); Indian moccasins displayed "underfoot" in a recreated Oklahoma landscape; and a 1920's African-American barber shop and a 1960's Woolworth's lunch counter - with "Whites Only" and separate "Colored" drinking fountains nearby. Be sure to watch the video on tornados in the Noble Foundation gallery. Several interesting items are also outside on the museum grounds.
The Center is open 9:00-5:00, Monday - Saturday, and 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Closed New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $5.00/adults, $4.00/seniors, $3.00/students and Smithsonian Institute members. Children under 5 are free.
A Place for Reflection
The reflecting pool divides the two Gates of Time, which "frame the moment of destruction" of 9:02 a.m. The east gate reads "9:01," signifying the last moment of innocence as we pursued our regular lives. The west gate is marked "9:03," when our lives changed forever. In the background (also reflected in the pool) is the Regency Tower.