Sometimes when I go out for a drive, I have a destination. Other times I just go driving and stop whenever I see something interesting. A few months ago I got in the car and took off to the southwest. No particular place in mind, but when I came upon Anadarko I drove around and found their historic Rock Island Train Depot and the Anadarko Heritage Museum located within.
This museum has a mix of Native American artifacts along with photos and items from local residents. One room on the east end of the building holds all of the Native American items- moccasins, costumes, headdresses, and lots of items with intricate beadwork. The rest of the building has various other items such as cameras, boots, hats, clothing, tools, and lots of photos from around the area.
The most interesting part of the museum is the building it’s housed in, the Rock Island Depot. Built in 1911 as a passenger station for the CRI&P (Chicago Rock Island & Pacific) railway, it sits just off Main Street between two rail lines- one ran alongside the building to the north and the other still runs along the east side curving to the south. The station was used for passengers for many years until it closed in 1974. The museum was opened in 1979 by the Philomathic Club of Anadarko. This group has been in existence since 1899 and they founded a town museum in 1936. The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018.
We also stopped at the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians. This is really a nice place to visit if it’s a nice day. The majority of the hall of fame is outside, a nice walk with statues and busts of famous Native Americans. There are descriptions along with each statue to tell of the persons achievements. Inside is a small visitor center with some artwork by different Native artists.
These two locations are a great way to learn more about the history of Anadarko and the Native Americans who live in and around the town.
Address- National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians- 901 E. Central Blvd., Anadarko; Anadarko Heritage Museum- 311 E. Main St., Anadarko
With Halloween coming and many fall festivals around, I thought I would make a list of some activities going on the next 2 weeks. Now it is best to check on the status of each activity around the state by going to their website, I found all of these with a simple Google search. There you can find hours and locations for all along with any admission or ticket information. Have fun and Happy Hauntings!!!
Events for October 2021:
Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City- Daily until October 24th.
Frontier City Fright Fest, Oklahoma City – Daily until October 31st.
Tulsa Oktoberfest, Tulsa – October 22- 24th.
Norman Swap Meet, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman – October 22- 23rd.
McFarlin Pumpkin Patch, McFarlin United Methodist, Norman – Daily until October 31st.
Fall Festival at Orr Family Farm, Oklahoma City – Daily except for Tuesdays until October 31st.
Pumpkin Festival at Shepard’s Cross, Claremore – Daily except for Sunday until October 31st.
Corn Maze, P Bar Farms, Hydro- Daily except for Monday until Oct 31st.
NW Oklahoma City Pumpkin Patch, Gate Church, Oklahoma City- Daily until Oct 31st.
Wicked Forest of Terror, Oklahoma City – Oct 22- 24th and 28- 31st.
Tulsa Hex House, Tulsa – Oct 22- 24th and 28- 31st.
Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park, Lawton- Oct 22- 23rd and 28- 31st.
Nightmare Warehouse, Enid – Oct 22- 23rd and 28- 31st.
Mummy and Son Dance, Moore – October 22nd.
The Asylum, Nowata- October 22- 24th and October 29- 31st.
Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds, Guthrie – Oct 22- 23 and Oct 29- 31st.
Noble Scaregrounds, Noble – Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 31st.
Halloween Festival, The Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.
Newcastle Nightmare, Newcastle- Oct 22- 23rd and 29-30th.
Nightmare in the Country Scream Park, Woodward- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.
Haunted Sale Barn, Tonkawa- Oct 22-23rd and 29- 31st.
Price Tower Haunted Hotel, Bartlesville- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 31st.
Alice in Wonderland, OKC Ballet, Oklahoma- Oct 22- 24th.
Trail of Terror, El Reno- Oct 22- 23rd and 29- 30th.
Haunt the River with Oklahoma River Cruises, Oklahoma City – October 22, 23, 29, and 30th.
Nightfall Haunted Territory, Lost Lakes, Oklahoma City – October 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31st.
October Forensic Nights, Skeletons Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City – October 22 and 29th.
Ghosts of Grove, Grove – October 22 & 23rd.
HallowZOOeen, Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa – October 22- 24th and 29- 31st.
Affair of the Heart, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City,– October 22- 24th.
US National Arabian Championship Horse Show, Tulsa- Oct 22- 30th.
Henryetta Cruise Knight, Henryetta- Oct 23rd.
Main Street Stroll and Festival, Cherokee- October 23rd.
Restoration Car Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 23rd.
BooFest, Sooner Park, Barltesville- Oct 23rd.
Bark in the Park, Duncan- Oct 23rd.
Main Street Hometown Harvest, Hobart- Oct 23rd.
Bark Walk, Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City- Oct 23rd.
Fall Festival and Car Show, Stigler – Oct 23rd.
Scooby Halloween Event, Edmond – October 23rd.
Heritage Hills Historic Homes Tour, Oklahoma City – October 23 & 24th.
Wewoka Sorghum Festival, Wewoka – October 23rd.
Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo – October 23- 24th and 30- 31st.
Caddo County Kids, Kites and Frights, Anadarko – October 23rd
Edmond Pride, Hafer park, Edmond – October 23rd.
Storybook Forest, Edmond – Daily October 23rd until October 30th.
Steam at the Throttle, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City – October 24th.
Fall Festival, Nichols Hills United Methodist, Nichols Hills, October 24th.
Oak Tree Fall Festival, Edmond – October 24th.
Howl-O-Ween on the Corner, Campus Corner, Norman – October 24th.
Coonhound Carnival, Tulsa – October 24th.
Fall Symphonic Band Concert, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond – October 24th.
Mummy and Son Masquerade, Yukon, October 25th.
Hallowmarine, Oklahoma Aquarium, Jenks- October 25- 31st.
Boo on Bell, Shawnee- Oct 28- 30th.
2nd Annual Community Night, Edmond Railyard, Edmond – October 28th.
Fall Chamber Orchestra Concert, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond – October 28th.
Hallow Alley Drive Through Trick or Treat, Downtown, Edmond – October 28th.
Edmond Historical Ghost Tours, Edmond – October 29th and 30th.
Route 66 Pecan and Music Festival, The Nut House, Claremore – October 29- 30th.
Fallfest, Pauls Valley- Oct 29th.
Ghost Stories Candlelight Tour, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Pawnee- Oct 29- 30th.
Friends of the Norman Library Fall Book Sale, Norman- Oct 29- 31st.
Halloween at the Museum, Edmond – October 30th.
Trunk or Treat, Mitch Park, Edmond – October 30th.
Scissortail Park Treat Trail, Oklahoma City- Oct 30th.
Fall Fest Carnival, Duncan- Oct 30th.
Sweets & Treats on Spooky Street, Gathering Place, Tulsa- Oct 30- 31st.
Halloween Train, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City- Oct 30- 31st.
Oklahoma Mineral & Gem Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 30- 31st.
Adele Wolf’s Burlesque Variety Show, Oklahoma City- Oct 30th.
Trunk or Treat, Hobart- Oct 31st.
Festival de Vida y Muerte, Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City – Oct 31st.