Located in an unpretentious storefront on the town square is the studio of Jim Franklin, a friendly and very talented sculptor whose works are spread across this country. As my wife and I were strolling along the sidewalk one evening, he gave a wave of his arm and beconded us to come on in. He then showed us the projects he was working on and we...more
Perry's town square is larger than most. Not only does it have the county courthouse, it also has the library, a bandshell, and there is still room for green space and flowers. very nice.The courthouse had a brush with history; The Oklahoma City bomber was stopped on a highway near Perry and brought to this courthouse while the investigation was...more
By far the most prominent building in Perry (after the courthouse) is the St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, a tremendous red-brick building whose tall spire can be seen all the way from the distant lanes of I-35. Situated amid a very modest neighborhood, this elegant and detailed structure with its stained-glass windows is the only church featured...more
This Perry page of mine is fast beginning a cookie-cutter commonplace for Oklahoma towns. As a matter of fact, the town website features most of the photos contained on this page! The national bank, the courthouse and the Carnegie library have since been checked off, so now we must turn to the old depot, the first and last artery for communication...more
Many of Oklahoma's towns were beneficiaries of the Carnegie Foundation, which built free libraries in the poorer communities. Many of these rose in the 1920s and 1930s, and are listed on historic registers, national, state and county. The example in Noble County (from 1909) is no different from the architectural style of such libraries throughout...more
Listed as many are on the National Register of Historic Places, the Noble County courthouse brings a large and stately edifice in 20th-Century Revival to a large and almost forested town square. If such architecture is not to your liking, there are several trees on the grounds offering private walks, and a prominent statue in bronze of a...more
Built in 1902 and now housing the Perry Chamber of Commerce, the First National Bank (formerly the Noble County Bank) was designed by prominent territorial architect Joseph Foucart, a Belgian-born builder responsible for many of the buildings in Guthrie, Oklahoma. While the bank stood in its fiduciary capacity for fifty years, lawyers' and doctors'...more
3002 West Fir Street, Perry, Oklahoma, 73077, United States
Good for: Solo
WE ALMOST ALWAYS STAY AT SUPER 8 MOTELS, AND SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THE...more
2903 Highway 77 West, 77 and Interstate 35, PO Box 529, Perry, Oklahoma, 73077, United States
A very interesting local cafe, on the town square. Walls lined with memorabilia, mostly photos of people (the famous and near-famous) who have eaten there. Nice waitresses, friendly people. We ate there twice on a recent trip and both times someone local came up and visited with us and wished us safe travel. I don't mean the same person did this twice, I mean two different people.
Favorite Dish: I had a chicken with noodles dish that was outstanding. On my second visit I had a short order of spareribs, also delicious. But the best is, a long list of homemade pies, all for $1.89/slice! (2007 prices)
CLICK THE PHOTO FOR A LOOK INSIDE.
It's fun to go out at night in the one road city and see how long it takes for you to mess your pants out of the overwhelming fear that some inbreed brother of Jeb is watching you through a hole in a fence. If you run across any of the town folk they might ask if you like to be part of a private show where they act out the 'Zed' scene in Pulp Fiction and you get to be the star.
Dress Code: Tight pants with a good zipper!
THE POLICE ARE ON DUTY and so watch your driving.
Just a few feet from where this photo was taken, the mass murderer Timothy McVeigh was brought to the courthouse after being arrested.
Luggage and bags:
Something solid so it can double as a wepon.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good Running Shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: KY just in case they catch up to you.
Photo Equipment: Anything with a LCD screen so you can tell the locals you now have thier souls, and can control them.
Miscellaneous: Anything to distract them with, like a piece of foil, or one of those dogs you wind up and it does flips.
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...more
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...more
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...more