Built on a Homesteading Blitz
Oklahoma City stems directly from the claims of some 50,000 homesteaders who, on a gunshot signal at noon, April 22, 1889, flew helter-skelter over the plains to stake a claim in the newly-opened Indian Territory. Directly below Leadership Square on the median opposite, a statue commemorates this historic fact. The plaque reads:
Strong Men and Women Came Upon a Raw Land
They Spanned Rivers and Prairies and Mountains
They Created Schools - Churches - Farms - Factories
They Lifted Great Buildings to the Skies
They Drilled Deep Wells into the Rich Earth
With Thankfulness to their God
They are Still Pioneering - Still Achieving
And Still Exploring Future Frontiers
Passerby – Look About and Ask This Question
Where Else Within a Single Life Span
Has Man Built So Mightily?
First Presbyterian Church
Just a block east of Wesley United Methodist is another of our grandest church exteriors, in the graystone Gothic First Presbyterian Church. Likewise builts in the late 1920s, this church and its red-brick contemporary once dominated the local view until this area developed its prestigious clientele. Today it is probably the most distinguished church design throughout the metropolitan area, with the Himalayan exception of the McFarlin Methodist in Norman. The long nave, the Gothic fleche, and the high pointed stained-glass windows are among the most attractive in town.
Ethiopian Cuisine in Oklahoma?
Who would have ever thought you would find a really good Ethiopian restaurant in Oklahoma City! Well there is one. The Queen of Sheba is in a nondescript little shopping center on Macarthur Blvd just off NW 23rd street. It doesn’t impress from the outside but is a warm and attractive place inside with wonderful food , a cordial staff and an unusual selection of beverages. Our waitress offered us samples of their red wine and a honey wine. My wife opted for the honey which was a little sweet but smooth and nice. My wife and friends had different selections but I opted for a combination plate which included a salad, a very spicy rice, potatoes and carrots, mild lamb and beef dishes and a chicken dish called doro wot which was extremely spicy. It was served with a red sauce and included a boiled egg. While it was a bit hot for my taste, the chicken was very tender and succulent. The meal also included a small green salad, some nicely cooked greens and split chickpeas which were mild but very tasty. As is their tradition the meal is served without utensils but on a huge round of bread, Injera, which is made from the tiny Ethiopian grain, Teff and is said to be very nutritious and dates back to about 4000 BC. The menu listed a black beer which we decided to try and found it was an Ethiopian stout, less dark and strong than Guiness but very tasty and smooth.
Movie Night-Harkins Cine Capri At Bricktown Cinema
We had a free night in Oklahoma City so we decided to go to dinner and a movie. The Bricktown area is wonderful!! You can see my Bricktown Plaza tip. The movie theatre was very nice. There were lots of choices (16 theatres). They announced if you were paying by credit/debit there were machines inside to use. I was and so I waited in NO line whatsoever.
One of the main reasons I don't go to big theatres is because of the noise that interrupts the movies. This day and age cell phones come out, children cry, etc during your movies but I had a great time here with no interruptions.
One of the many historic districts in Oklahoma City, the Paseo District, has long been the seat of budding artists, but the area has since fallen on hard times. Once the limit of urban growth from downtown, the Paseo still keeps its share of eclectic restaurants, odd galleries and interesting residential architecture, but also old throwbacks to the 1930s and 1940s. The Tower Theater (pictured) is no longer a cinema, and some of the antique shops along these rows have since folded, but the lanes of the Paseo have lately shown signs of resurgent life.