(Jan) Parking at the Midwest City Elks next to Tinker Air Force Base was an awesome experience. Each afternoon and evening the fighter jets, KC135 tanker planes and E-3 AWACS roared overhead. Being in the direct flight path of these amazing giants made for lively entertainment. Added to that, we were just down the street from the fire and ambulance station!
Monday we started our exploration of Oklahoma City at the State Capital building. Oklahoma is the only state that has an oil well on it’s grounds! The capitol is a lovely place and we were able to tour the Supreme Court, Senate and House Chambers as well as viewing the rotunda with the story of Oklahoma’s settlement told in it’s murals and art work.
Our next stop was the Oklahoma History Center. Housed in this huge building were exhibits on everything from Oklahoma’s days as Indian Territory and the American Indian tribes to the Oklahoma Land Run to Dust Bowl days in the 1930’s. Plus much, much more including military & space exhibits, famous cartoonist, athletes, singers, actor & movies, natural recourse, farming & ranching and a 1930’s House. Displayed on the grounds were wooden & steel oil well drilling towers and equipment used in the early days of the oil industry. We very much enjoyed this museum and would recommend visiting here.
Sixteen years before our visit to The Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum, the Alfred P Murrah Building stood on NW 5th Street between Harvey & Robinson Avenues. At 9:03 April 19th the building lay victim to a car bomb and 169 lives were senselessly lost. NW5th Street is now a reflecting pool and part of the touching memorial grounds. The large and small chairs with lighted bases symbolize the adults and children that lost their lives that day. The chairs are placed in nine rows representing the nine floors of the Murrah building. The statue entitled ‘Jesus Wept’ faces away from the bombing site, across the street on the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church grounds. Personal memorials continue to be left on part of the remaining fence that surrounded the building. It’s a touching, peaceful place. I’m glad we went.