Friday, May 13, 2016

Kingfisher, OK

The day after our Guthrie tour we headed north on the bike through the land of oil wells and wheat fields.

Our goal was the town of Kingfisher, home of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.

We came here to see the Chisolm Trail Museum 

and to stand on part of the old Chisolm Trail.  (The museum is in the middle of a very quiet residential area.)

The museum is divided into several parts.  This is the east wing, with household and personal items.

Nice hand carved cane collection

Cane detail

Next to the east wing is a room with pictures and personal items of Kingfisher residents who served in the military.  This buggy is a new acquisition, given by the man pictured with it.  He said it belonged to a relative who bought it new, had it 2 days, then was drafted into the army.  he pulled off the wheels, fastened them underneath the carriage, and hung it up in the barn.  He said that no one was going to ridde in it until he returned.  He shipped out to Europe, caught pneumonia and died.  The carriage hung there for years until  the owners died and the property sold.   

West wing--farm and ranch tools 

No info was available about this Ford.

Gas pump

The main part of the museum was between the wings.  Jesse Chisolm was actually an explorer, trail maker and ambassador between Indians and the Federal Government.  

Wonderful bead work

The first resident of the town of Kingfisher.

Another famous son

Behind the museum is this little village, made up of buildings and furnishings from the land rush era.

Next to the blacksmith are three frame buildings of similar build.



with a nice library,

and a bank.

Across from the church is the jail.  I am sad because I'm in here for posting bad jokes.

Next to the jail.  We assume that the four bad children were the Dalton Gang.

This is one room, actually a house since it has a wood floor.

This is a two room cabin

Notice the dirt floor

Across the street is the Seay Mansion.  Abraham Seay was the second Territorial Governor, serving from 1892-1893.   Notice the turret corners.

First floor entry and front doors with beautiful parquet floor.

The governors office and 

the dining room with turret rooms.

Upstairs hall.  Governor Seay was a bachelor.  His widowed sister lived with him and served as his hostess.  Her room was on the left.  Next to it was another bedroom and then

this room.  Decorated as a bedroom, it was originally the landing to the third floor ballroom.  It was damaged and the staircase removed.  There are eventual plans to open it again.

1 comment:

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Now this is an area I know Paul would even enjoy visiting. Great photos. And yes, you do belong in jail because of bad joke telling. Did you get life? lol