Several elements we forgot to include in our Oklahoma City update must be added here.
Bricktown is a lovely refurbished area of the city that contains restaurants, shops, a canal water taxi with guides, lovely renovated warehouse buildings, new and varied housing opportunities plus cool minor league baseball park, but…there are two monuments/ memorials with sculptures that are show stoppers!
Great Oklahoma Land Rush Memorial
More than life sized – the detail and art in sculptures is enticing and memorable. The figures represent courageous settlers who took advantage of the opening of new territories to settlement in the mid 1850s. Stretched out across canal and riding off to the west – the rush to re-settle in new land is off!
Detail of one statue – giant horse carrying eager new settler.
Chickasaw Nation Plaza
This large Native American nation, once a part of the Choctaw, flourished after relocation from east of Mississippi River to land in new territory that became Oklahoma & Kansas. Today the nation, operates 18 casinos and hotels, several fuels stops on major highways, a large cultural and education center, schools and their own healthcare company – an annual income of over $14 million allows the nation to advance their agenda and support their members. They also participate in all facets of Oklahoma civic life. The nation has a history of democracy predating European arrival. This monument celebrates their history, contributions and leaders.
Tishomingo – one of many distinguished leaders.