Park Hill Inn and Suites
Travel Blogs from Oklahoma City
Just a short drive today of 190 miles from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On the way, the Native American landscape was evident with reservations all around us. Many tribes now own casinos around the country and we saw many of these advertised in the roadside billboards. We also passed "Lotawatah Road" and, yes, it was by a large …
We started today by heading to downtown Oklahoma City for the OKC National Memorial and Museum on the 1995 bombing. This was a very somber and moving experience. The memorial includes vacant chairs for each of the 168 victims. They use small chairs to depict the 19 children in the day care center who were killed. The museum was an excellent depiction of the day, from a recorded water commission hearing across the street on which the blast is heard, to ...
... The ranger collected oral histories about the baths. She interviewed one man who used to attend Al Capone in the baths. He was a very big tipper. Al Capone (and other gamblers and gangsters) enjoyed Hot Springs, but the story was that Capone could not actually go on the federal side of the street for fear of being arrested. He stayed on the casino side of the street.
After the tour, we hiked all over ...
... the Riverwind Resort and Casino, where, you guessed it, the Tufie is working the machines.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that we went to the Holy City, where apparently some pastor held an Easter morning service in 1929, and it grew from there with a reenactment of the crucifixion and all the biblical stories in between, costumes, and everything. Hard to believe that people would come out to this place in the absolute Boonies for a religious reenactment, but ...
Literally... today we drove from Springfield to Oklahama City, through Kansas. Kansas owns only13 miles of the route 66 road, so it was a quick trip through this state. We did however pass a restored gas station which features an old Tow Mater - the inspiration for Mater from CARS. (well, thats according to our not alway so accurate guide/map book). Next stop: ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed