The assigned essay for:
What I did on my Christmas Vacation.
We had that assignment, right?
Well, I spent one morning of mine at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
For a historical western novelist, it’s so, pure fun. Well, it’s gotta be fun for everyone, but I loved it.
I’ve got two or three posts in me about this, but for now, I’m going to tell you about:
A 1900 Western settlement in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
All decorated for Christmas
The sign at the main entrance. I can read it…mostly…on the picture I took.
The jail is an actual cage. A cube with bars all around and overhead. Hard to escape.
A lawman’s tools. A Winchester 73, the gun that won the west.
Leg shackles, handcuffs, six-shooter, badges and on the right, that little rectangle???? A tidy printed invitation to a hanging.
This stage was very ornate. If I could have changed anything about the Cowboy Hall of Fame it would have been signs. I want more signs, more details. So here they’ve got this gorgeous stage coach, elaborately painte and preserved, looking unlike any stagecoach I’ve ever seen on a movie and I loved it, but I want to know more. Where’d it come from? What year?
Prosperity Junction has a dozen or more stores and buildings. This is the church. I wonder how many churches really had these beautiful organs. It seems like they’d have more likely had a fiddle or guitar or harmonica to accompany music, just for the cost, not to mention the difficultly of moving it, shipping it from the east or where ever. I needed a piano in a book I wrote and found out you could order one from the Wards Catalogue. It would be shipped out on the train.
Here is a close-up of the organ. Very ornate and beautiful. Foot pedals.
Here’s the church from standing behind the pulpit. Note how SMALL it is. Seating for…maybe 18 if they’re close friends. 🙂
Stained glass window, too.
Here is the bank. Decorated for Christmas. Love all the old, heavy wood and beautiful details.
This is a row of files or drawers in the bank.
I took this picture just because it said American Express. Has American Express…like the credit card, been around this long? I thought that was interesting.
Buggy with Christmas presents
A slate. We always hear about school children having slates, here one was.
A bit larger than I’d have expected. Maybe (estimating) 12″ by 18″.
Here is the school house. I love the layout of this.
See the slates laying on each desk?
I went to a one-room country school house and, though we had different shaped desks, these really old fashioned ones were in the back room. I makes me feel closer to the past.
Here is a copy of the classic McGuffey Reader. This is fourth grade.
They had a full set, one for every grade.
This was only ONE EXHIBIT. I was particularly interested in the artists, Fredrick Remington’s classic sculptures, Charles Russell’s realistic and often humourous sketches, Albert Bierstadt’s glowing, romanticized paintings. I’ll write more about them later.
Coming in February, the final installment of the Lassoed in Texas series
HOW I SPENT MY CHRISTMAS VACATION.