Land of the Red Man

Trip Start Mar 13, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2013

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The Coleman Theatre Beautiful, Miami, OK
Ed Galloway's Totem Pole
Jasper County Courthouse

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

I got up early this morning and went walking, the back way into Carthage. Without knowing it I had headed for the Route, so walked old 66 over three 1928 bridges into town. Past trailers, old houses, as the sun rose in the sky. Past the historic Boots Hotel and on to the town Square and the Jasper County Courthouse. My rash is easing, I'm doing one of my favourite things......yep I'm feelin' the Love! Just after getting a txt from Shell I spy her and Rich, marveling at the courthouse building as was I. 
The three of us then headed for the Civil War Museum - which I found interesting, if sad. Within, depicted by a series of boards with text, pictographs, letters and memorabilia, was the story of the Battle of Carthage which was fought right at the beginning of the Civil War.

After a quick drive to the border of Missouri and Kansas we stopped on the side of the road to photograph ourselves on the State line. From a little house nearby a woman shouted at us:
  "Welcome to Kansas!" and for the ten or so miles we were there we packed a lot in - many photo ops lined the old road, beginning with the old original '66' sign on the road, then the sunflower shaped 66 road signs in Galena - the only ones of their kind.

In Miami (Mi-am-uh), Oklahomah we spent an hour and a half with Caroline at The Coleman Theatre Beautiful, a grand old 1929 theatre that has been lovingly restored by the efforts of the Miami community. She was the first to sign Shell and Rich's book.

The next long stop was at Ed Galloway's Largest Totem Pole Park in Rogers. The pole is 90 feet tall and he started in 1938; finished in '47 I think. It's base is a massive turtle. He also hand carved 300 violins from wood from all over the world; some sent to him from friends he'd made. They are all on show in the round room he built close to the Pole. The site is on the Historic Register so there's no chance of anything being pulled down or sold off, as with some other roadside relics along the Route. The lovely Cella Wolf chatted with us and told us all about Ed, his family and the violins. 

Also, that Oklahoma means Land of The Red Man. I bought some Indian cookbooks from her.

In Catoosa we stopped to see the famous Blue Whale, but as with many other attractions this early in spring it was closed. Still, we saw it.

All the stopping today meant that we only made it as far as Tulsa.....think it took only 24 hours....oh yeah! there was lots of singing! We ate at the 5 and Diner, an honest to goodness diner where we downed burgers, hot dogs and fried pickles, as you do. With root beer.

Nearby was a range of hotels; we chose the Tulsa Square Hotel which was more than satisfactory and only $56 for the three of us! Who knows where we'll get our kicks tomorrow? Westwards, that's for sure.
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