Tea on the Terrace
Another of Oklahoma City's posh neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Districts is Lincoln Terrace south of the state capitol. Including architectural styles found in Heritage Hills or Mesta Park (particularly the Spanish/Mission style), there are others not found elsewhere in the city except in scattered estates. Bounded roughly by Lincoln Boulevard and Kelley Avenue, and resting between 13th and 23rd Streets, the mansions of Lincoln Terrace typically beautify the grand southern approach to the State Capitol Building. Before Oklahoma City expanded to its present enormity in square mileage, the downtown neighborhoods were rural enough to distinguish them for country living, but close enough to the cultural and economic heart of the city to feel the pulse of its industry and expansion.
State Capitol Building - Hall of Governors
Though the capitol corridors are fairly plain in appearance, almost harsh and cold in their Vermont and Alabama marble, there is a chamber where the busts of every Oklahoma governor since statehood in 1907 are available to listen to your petitions, or to willingly withstand your photographic flash.
Don't laugh, we likd to eat at...
Don't laugh, we likd to eat at the Waffle House in Oklahoma City. The reason is we usually leave Kansas very early in the morning. We usually get to Oklahoma City too early for lunch so we like to eat at the Waffle House for a late breakfast. The food is good there even if it is not fancy and the service is fast.
Cover your ears when that big waitress gets ready to yell out your order from beside your table to the cook in the back. Pancakes with ham and a side of grits.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Originally founded in 1955 as the "National Cowboy Hall of Fame", the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has grown into an impressive collection of art and artifacts related to the American west. Located on top of Persimmon Hill in the north part of the city, a 1994 renovation expanded the museum to encompass over 200,000 sq.ft.
Included in the museum's collection are works by many famous artist of the American west, including Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, as well as numerous award-winning contemporary western artists. Perhaps the most famous piece in the collection is James Earle Fraser's 18-foot tall sculpture "The End of the Trail" which portrays an exhausted, wind-swept Indian brave on horse-back. It is very impressive to view in person.
In addition to the artwork, the museum also portrays the life and culture of the American west through various themed galleries. Among them are "Prosperity Junction," a full-size recreaton of a circa 1900 Western cattle town main street, and collections of firearms, saddles, and items related to western entertainers and rodeos. There is also an interactive childrens area called "Cowboy Corral."
The museum is open 9 am - 5 pm daily. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is $8.50/adults, $7.00/seniors (62+), $4.00/children 6-12, children under 6 are free.
For those who pass the historic Skirvin Hotel without batting an eyelash, at least notice what stands on the median at the foot of this grand hotel. On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was capsized by a Japanese torpedo while moored on battleship row at Pearl Harbor, killing outright or drowning 458 American sailors and servicemen. This is the original anchor, our monument to those lives lost in service to their country. Its motto reads "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty," as true today as it was in 1941.