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Snapshots from Oklahoma City to Tulsa
As we travel through America along the path of old Route 66, theres a lot we see that we dont have time to write about. We thought we could at least share some of what stands out, impresses or amuses us on our journey, so readers can see more than just the blogs we write at the end of each days traveling. Here’s a small selection of shots from our trip from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.
Clockwise from upper left, Bricktown is a revitalized neighborhood of restaurants and bars in downtown Oklahoma City; Hastan Blackshear, 62, has worked at a parking lot in Bricktown for 11 years and witnessed the neighborhoods transformation; the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is run by the National Park Service and David Albert, a 27-year-old from Rhode Island, is one of the employees; Cains Ballroom is a venerable and storied musical venue in Tulsa. First opened in 1924, it has had everyone from Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys to Asleep at the Wheel to the Sex Pistols appear on its stage. Brad Harris, the ballrooms production manager, gave us a late night tour of the place; mementos attached to a fence outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, located on the former site Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The April 19, 1995 bomb attack on the building, which killed 168 people, including 19 children, remains one of the worst attacks on U.S. soil; A Tulsa home that our hosts in the city, Phil and Miranda, told us had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Second half, clockwise from left: Joel and Alfredo enjoying a break outside the Bricktown restaurant where they work; Betsy McLaughlin and Michael Moser were our lunch servers at the Bricktown Brewery. The place is proud of its ribs, but Betsy and Michael steered us toward the chicken pot pie and the chicken fried steak. We werent disappointed. James had the brewerys red brick ale with his meal; A shot of one end of the outdoor memorial, a haunting tribute to the victims that draws 300,000 visitors a year, according to the National Park service; A public art project in downtown Oklahoma City that celebrates the buffalo, which once roamed wild here; Tulsa is considered one of Oklahoma’s more progressive and liberal places. But its still in the Bible Belt.