Oklahoma City Journals

Finding Cowboys In Oklahoma City

An August 2004 trip to Oklahoma City by hersplash

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center Photo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma More Photos
Quote: I heard there were cowboys in Oklahoma City, but it took a while to find them. Some were real, and some were just in paintings. Nontheless, you can get a good education about the lifestyle of the cowboy while visiting this city.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

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Attraction | "Oklahoma National Stockyards"

Oklahoma City National Memorial Photo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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This is a fascinating and educational experience. It is the home of the largest cattle auction in the world. I attended on a Monday, the day the auction starts each week. Cattle is sold continuously until all cattle is sold and goes on through the night, usually lasting through Tuesday. Throughout the stockyards, there is a cat walk which allows you to walk above the cattle to the stadium where the actual product is sold. Below you are thousands of cattle in pens, and you can watch as the workers sort the cattle by type. Further on down, you can watch as the cattle is identified and weighed for the actual auction. While I was there, they were selling 7,500 cattle. I was told that in the s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2004

Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 North Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101
(405) 235-3313

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center

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Attraction | "National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum"

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center Photo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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To begin with, I was amazed at the size of this museum at 220,000 sq feet. It houses more than 28,000 Western art works and artifacts that celebrate the Western Pioneers. There are numerous galleries and exhibits that give you a glimpse into and appreciation for the Western lifestyle. Some of these galleries include: Native American--featuring clothing and tools and explaining different tribes' motifs. American Cowboy--a tribute to the working cowboy and ranching life showing saddles, an extensive barbed wire selection, and other equipment. There is a Rodeo Gallery, Western Performers Gallery, American Firearms and other Art Galleries. Besides the prized permanent art collection o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2004

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
1700 Northeast 63rd St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
(405) 478 2250