The colorful, working world of the Stockyards provides a view of history unique to the present day activities. Begun in 1910, the stockyards and meat packing plants were Oklahoma City's first major industrial installations and represented the heaviest concentration of labor in the capitol city. When the number of saleable cattle soared to 919,280 head in 1973, the stockyards took the nation's lead. Today the stockyards remains the world's largest stocker and feeder cattle market.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs and ground-breaking scholarly research to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of our American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.
Lunch: At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumAfternoon: Depart for Will Rogers Museum in Claremore
Opened in 1938 the 16,652-square-foot, eight-gallery museum was built of fossilized limestone quarried nearby. The museum frames the family tomb in the sunken garden. Spread across the southern horizon is the Tiawah Valley. The twenty-acre museum grounds, purchased by Will Rogers in 1911 for $500 an acre, was his planned retirement home site. Following his untimely death, his widow and children donated the land, along with great parts of the collection. The 2,400-square-foot library serves as offices for the staff of the Will Rogers Memorial. Included in the library are more than 2,000 volumes by, about or referencing Will Rogers, in addition to texts on Indians, vaudeville, early motion pictures and the 1879-1935 era.
The Choteau town motto is ”Where cultures come together”. Chouteau consists of two different cultures coming together with one purpose, to make a better community.Evening: Depart for Poteau
On arrival, check into the Kerr Conference Center
Lodging: Kerr Conference CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spiro Mounds is one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the United States. Located in Eastern Oklahoma near the modern town of Spiro, it is under the protection of the Oklahoma Historical Society and open to the public. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Spiro is the western-most known outpost of the Mississippian culture that arose and spread along the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries between the 800s and 1500s.Dinner: At the Kerr CenterEvening: Native American Music with Carol Smith - gain an understanding of the history, instruments, and meanings of music in native America. Learn how the pow-wow's of today have developed since wwII. There will be a local flute player.Lodging: Kerr Conference CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guthrie was the territorial and later the first state capital for Oklahoma. Guthrie is nationally significant because of its outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century commercial architecture. The Guthrie Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Victorian architecture provides a unique backdrop for Wild West and territorial-style entertainment, carriage tours, replica trolley cars, specialty shops, and art galleries.Dinner: Dinner and show at the Pollard Theater in GuthrieEvening: Check into Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma CityLodging: Biltmore HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner