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Oklahoma, Friday, October 12th is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 6th General Election. Get more information on how to register at ok.gov/elections
Black Mesa - Some more fun with Google Earth.
This is Black Mesa the highest point in Oklahoma near Kenton in the far northwest corner of the panhandle. The green arrow on the right is the location of the dinosaur tracks. The green arrow on the left is the location of the Black Mesa highest point monument. The grey line on the lower far left is the New Mexico / Oklahoma border.
At the top of the white ridge in the first picture you’ll see the shadow of the dinosaur bone statue at the quarry. In the second picture below the geo-tag are the dinosaur tracks fossil (look for the dots in a line).
I found it very easy to upload .mobi books from Archive.org on to my Kindle Fire.
Reference: A 1916 Look At Oklahoma History http://blogoklahoma.us/blog.asp?id=595
Book Club On Hiatus
Due to lack of activity, we’ll be putting the book club portion of the GoodReads book group on hiatus. We’re not going to end the book group completely. Look for new books to be added to the group’s bookshelf from time to time. If things pick back up we’ll relaunch the book club part of the group.
A very big thank you to everyone who participated.
Remember you can always get to this GoodReads Book Group by using the shortcut http://blogoklahoma.us/goodreads.
* Picture of Mark of Heritage by Muriel H. Wright
Old City Jail
1908 - 1910
This is a nice place to visit, but you don’t want to stay here (especially in the winter, its cold).
This jail was used to house local miscreants, usually drunk and disorderly. Many time it held multiple guests. It usually had one chair, one bed, and some blankets.
Construction is of old style cinder blocks, plastered over with cement. The foundation extends several feet below ground to discourage premature release.
It is not believed any of the famous outlaws stayed here, although a few were known to be in the area, Bonnie and Clyde, among others.
We’re working on making this a great little museum. Donations of knowledge of this area, artifacts, etc. will be appreciated. In the meantime, cowboy hats only $7 across the street.
Initial point is the name given to a 54 inch stone monument that marks the spot where all land in Oklahoma, except for the panhandle, Kansas, and Nebraska were surveyed to open lands to white settlement. This point made it possible to number townships east and west of the Indian Meridian, and to number ranges north and south from the Base Line. This point is still used, either directly or indirectly, to describe real estate transactions in the state. Listed in the national register 10/6/1970
Image Credit: The Oklahoma Society of Land Surveyors.
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer just before dawn on November 27, 1868. The controversial strike was hailed at the time by the military and many civilians as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements. Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer’s attack a massacre. Black Kettle is still honored as a prominent leader who never ceased striving for peace even though it cost him his life.
Located 2 miles west of Cheyenne, Oklahoma on SH-47A. Follow the National Historic Site signs to site.
Cavanal Hill, Poteau, Oklahoma
DSC03709 by okroads on Flickr
Cavanal “World’s Highest Hill” monument at the top of the hill. It is called the world’s highest hill because technically, a mountain has an elevation of 2,000 feet and higher, and Cavanal is 1,999 feet tall.
Cavanal Hill (officially Cavanal Mountain according to the US Geological Survey) located at Poteau, Oklahoma is billed as the tallest hill in the world at 1,999 feet (609 meters), based on the idea that it would be classified as a mountain if it were 2,000 feet or higher.
Located West on Witteville Dr., Poteau, Oklahoma
Source: Flickr / okroads
A powerful winter storm produced rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow over parts of western and Kingfisher Oklahoma on January 29-31, 2002. The NWS office in Norman has received reports of tree damage, downed power lines and telephone lines, and power outages in some towns and cities. At one point after the storm, approximately 250,000 customers were left without power. throughout the state.
Ben Kiehn Memorial
Erected by the Oklahoma state bankers association as an expression of their regard for their fellow member as a man of honor and integrity. On Jan 24, 1928 he gave his life to the cause of law and order, in defending that which was intrusted to his care against armed bandits.
Just for the fun of seeing what there is to see in the great state of Oklahoma, and to possibly learn a little something along the way.
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