We started our day in Elk City, about 65 miles to the south of us. The National Route 66 Museum is there, as well as a number of other museums on one site.
The Route 66 museum was alot of fun and featured period vehicles, interactive exhibits like the wonderful Pink Cadillac, and some fabulous old bikes.
Including this old 'Indian' motorcycle, which reminded us of the wonderful movie starring Anthony Hopkins, 'The World's Fastest Indian'. The boys also got to play on an original 'Popeye' Pinball machine and I got to admire many period costumes.
The exhibits included a Colonial home featuring a very interesting rodeo room, a Railway exhibit, a Ranch museum, Blacksmiths museum and Pioneer town.It was all very well done, we loved the stautuary and were really surprised by how much was on the site. This gave our visitors an excellent feel for the history of the area.
We ended up grabbing a quick lunch due to time constraints and then headed to Cheyenne, scene of the historic Battle of the Washita.
This commemorates a black day in American history, when General George Custer attacked a Cheyenne tribal winter camp and many women and children were massacred. He mistakenly thought he was attacking a warrior camp, but they were away hunting.
It happened in a beautiful and very peaceful area beside the Washita River, and this just adds to the whole ambience of the wonderful westen influenced new museum opened this year. The exhibit included a 30 minute documentary and lots of personal accounts. There were many Native Americans visiting at the same time and I am amazed at the wonderfully strong facial features many still retain.
We are surrounded by the history of the Wild West, especially as we live slap-bang in the middle of the area all the Native American tribes were forced to move into as treaties were signed. It is also the area of the Land Runs and so offers alot of historical interest.
Today we are heading into Texas, for the town of Canadian's 'Fall Foliage Festival', which features historic home tours, a craft fair, foliage tours and historical stuff. We will end the day back in our hometown for a Weiner & Marshmallow Roast over wood fires on the creek, with many of our friends.