This cemetery is apparently internationally famous for its 'Showman's Rest' section. In this section of the cemetery are graves and monuments to the men and women who spent their lives entertaining the American public as Circus performers.
Open daily dawn to dusk, free parking.
In 1987 the Kiamichi Railroad began its operations. It took over the former Burlington Northern Railroad Company's track in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas which consisted of over 230 miles. This distance had once been part of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company (Frisco) before its merger with the Burlington Northern.
The Kiamichi has two lines. One extends from Madill, Oklahoma to Hope, Arkansas, and the other from Antlers, Oklahoma to Paris, Texas. Both lines cross at its headquarters in.
In the main part of the cemetery lies Lane Frost. He was a young PRCA Champion Bull-Rider for who the movie '8 Seconds' was made. He die after being gored by a bull during a rodeo performance. He is buried next to his friend Bull Riding legend 'Freckles Brown' as per his request.
The Harvey House Restaurant is located in the Frisco Depot. The local rail depot was the centre of attention with the daily traffic of trains and the restaurant grew in popularity because of it all. There were dance halls girls, hustlers and gunfighters. Fred Harvey operated a chain of restaurants and hotels, mostly for the Santa Fe Railway. He offered elegant dining at its best for travellers.
There are some very unusual headstones and monuments in this part of the cemetery... Because these are all mainly circus performers buried here, the theme of the headstone usually represents what role they played in the circus.
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The Frisco Depot was built in 1914 on the main line from St Louis to Dallas. Today it is a museum which houses America Indian artifacts, antiques,a bootleggers copper whiskey still, a miniature train exhibit a miniature circus exhibit, a steam-powered popcorn machine, rodeo memorabilia and historical photos.
Museum open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm; admission free.
You can take an excursions aboard 2 refurbished 1940 railway coaches which depart from the depot to various nearby towns. Reservations required for train excursions.