Favorite thing: Many of Perry's numerous Victorian-era red-brick buildings bear the date of construction on their facades (a feature common with the original buildings of most Oklahoma towns). The newest of these generally stem from the 1920s, and since the town sprang up after the 1893 Cherokee Strip land run, some facades bear dates from the decade following. It is not unusual to find throughout this town of 5,000 souls a Victorian-era or pre-Depression era building on every block, though most are concentrated around the town square.
Favorite thing: Visitors to my other Oklahoma pages have already seen that there is scarcely an absence of town clocks on those pages. This is a feature of rural or frontier America, but also to a different degree a fixture of urban areas. In many Oklahoma towns (though not in Perry), a Victorian-style clock stands prominent on the public square by the courthouse and the veteran's memorial, but in Perry the clock stands off the main square yet still conspicuous on a street corner. Once again, just as with the old depot and the Carnegie Library, some manufacturer of standing Victorian clocks derived much of their business from budding county seats in the new Oklahoma.
Favorite thing: In a town like Perry, the original buildings are only kept alive by the willingness and energy of modern businesses to move onto the premises, preserve the original appearance as much as possible and welcome all clients and customers as their former occupants once did. The fact that most of the original structures run side by side helps promote foot traffic past the doors of each, and in a small community such as Perry, pedestrians need only glimpse from the sidewalk through the window to face their merchants as well as neighbors directly. Such intimacy is what many feel gives rural living its special charm.