Cowboys and a Canal

After a good night’s sleep and relaxing morning, we struck out for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The idea for this museum came from a businessman, Chester A. Reynolds in 1953.  He was impressed with the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, OK, and wanted to build a hall of fame to honor cowboys and cattlemen.

Nancy at Cowboy Museum

Nancy at Cowboy Museum

It is an incredible collection of paintings, sculptures, western performer memorabilia, Native American artifacts, rodeo collections, and much more.  We especially enjoyed the western performers gallery, where we relived our childhood days at the Dixie Theater in Metter.  There is a wall of fame that recognizes a performer each year that has classically depicted western life.  We found a couple of cowboys, but they were made of bronze.  Below are several photos from the museum.

Canyon Princess

Squash Blossom Necklace

John Wayne

Children's Cowboy clothes

Children’s Cowboy clothes

Cowboy Turned President

Memories of Roy and Dale

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Next we headed toward the Oklahoma City Memorial, but found the museum had already closed.  Check my next post for details of the late afternoon here.

After a day of exploring, we headed toward Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s entertainment district that was formerly a major warehouse district.  It has a unique attraction in the water taxi that cruises around the commercial area.  We found a true Mexican restaurant, Abuelo’s to continue our margarita tradition.  Ending with a lime pie dessert, we headed back to our hotel for the evening.

Water Taxi in Bricktown

Lime Pie

 October 2, 2012

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