"Small Town America"
I have lived in the city for so long that going to small towns is a bit of a culture shock at first. But once I was used to it, it was an interesting change of pace.
Weatherford has the most antique malls and stores that I have ever seen in one town. And they are not full of junk - some very good buys to be had.
The town is home to Southwestern OK State University.
The Chisolm Trail was one of the first cattle drives. Cattle were herded north from Texas on thier way to Chicago slaughterhouses. The grazing the plains afforded assured that the cattle arrived in good condition. Markers around the area show many of the places the trail crosses current roadways.
Many of the American Indians that survived thru the 19th century were moved to reservations in Indian territory. The forced relocation is referred to as the Trail of tears.
That all changed at noon on April 22, which was the Date of the Opening. This would allow the territory to be settled under the homestead act. Wagons by the hundred lined the border filled with pioneers ready to make a mad dash for the best land they could find. The term Sooner, once derogatory, referred to the folks who 'cheated' and crossed into the territory early. By then end of the day, Oklahoma had thousands of residents. Oklahoma City became a city of 10,000 overnight.
Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907.
The Cherokee Trading Post has a live Webcam in the restaurant.
And you can buy a stuffed armadilla.