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Today, 90% of all Oklahomans live within 25 miles of a
jet-capable runway of 5,000 feet or more.
- A gallon of fuel will carry 1 ton of cargo 576 miles by river barge,
413 miles by railcar &
155 miles by semi-truck. ~ OKDOT.
Over 40 countries have traded commerce on the McKlellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System near Tulsa
On March 18, 1923, Senate Bill 26 made it illegal
to drive faster than 35 miles per hour in Oklahoma.
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by Lin Stone
Norman became the third largest
city in Oklahoma in 1994. In 2005 it was estimated that over 100,000
people lived here.
It is a fascinating university city with
more students arriving
from all over the world every year. It is a living melting
pot. You have all these cultures that have put the past behind
them and are striving for the future. When you look at
everything one piece at a time it looks funny, different, maybe even
hodge-podge. Distinctively different cultures are living
side by side in harmony. And it works beautifully.
It's no wonder Money Magazine recently ranked Norman as the 40th best place to live in the United States. That ranking is higher than any other city in Oklahoma. It has gotten even better since then. Streets are wide, architecture is unique.
ART is the rage here. Statues, carvings, murals, and museums are scattered throughout. Much of the focus is Native American, with a second look at cowboy life but from that point on there is an explosion of culture from anywhere and everywhere in the world. Greek food may be served right next to Thai. Outdoor dining competes with Chinese cuisine served amidst jade fountains. The Medieval Fair is one of the funnest events in the whole state. Below are some links you should visit first.
Twenty Nine Minutes from anywhere in the Oklahoma City metro area you’ll find huge savings... of money AND time! The Miracle Mile in Norman has nine major car dealerships with seventeen different automotive lines competing for your business in one convenient location. That means instead of driving all over the city looking for your new or used vehicle, you can spend more of your valuable time shopping for a perfect deal!
If you're coming from Dallas Texas it is only natural to be tired by the time you reach Norman on I-35. Pull over and rest for the night in this friendly little town. While you're staying in Norman you can enjoy the rich heritage of Native American culture, the wonders of Oklahoma's natural history, fantastic arts events and exhibits, and even bump into a Sooner all in the same day! Great culture, a solid community and a down-home pioneer spirit wrapped up in a charming, contemporary university town located just minutes from Oklahoma City. Whether you've been here before or you're new to our fine city we're confident you'll find something fresh and unique.
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a wonderful experience. Plan to spend at least half a day here. Tickets are good for all day, in case you want to go out for lunch and come back. Everything inside is bright, clean, and dynamically arranged for YOU to see everything in its most favorable light. There are lots of places to just sit and ponder. An elevator can take you to the second story and it is easily accessed. The exhibits are fascinating. Cameras are allowed but professional photographers are asked to review their work with the museum before publication.
House confused me. I went there expecting a Native Art Center
featuring "The Kiowa Five", maybe one block square and three stories
high. Don't ask me where I got that concept! Instead it
is a small house turned into a small museum. Inside I am confused again because I expected
to see Kiowa art from the nineteenth century. Again, don't ask
me why I expected this. Then the first paintings I notice
throw me for a real loop and I hunted out the curator. "This
painting has Navajo symbols in it. It is so good it could hang in the finest galleries in
Gallup. Here's another Navajo painting, and that one is Hopi.
Was there that much interaction between the Kiowa and these western tribes?"
The work of other artists
is also featured here. You must also understand that Oscar Jacobson
was born in Sweden, and this is HIS home that is being honored,
because of the things that happened here and the almost constant
flow of visitors through here.
If you have a desire to learn the modern potential of Native
American Artists you really should schedule this visit in.
Bring some money with you because there are also numerous prints that you
can buy at extremely low prices. Then there are some original
works for sale, and beautiful handicrafts too, not to mention Swedish jams and
jellies. On top of all that, virtually everywhere you
look there is a stack of something for free; free calendars, free
pamphlets, free posters - oh how beautiful were the posters - and
free information. The Jacobson House may be small but inside beats a
The Western History Collections repository inside the
University of Oklahoma is one of the largest and most complete
libraries on the American West. Here you will find 65,000 books and
thousands of additional items such as manuscripts, periodicals,
microfilm, photographs, maps, oral histories and artifacts. There
are also some artifacts to look at, like two real branding irons.
Finding a place to sit here is not a problem. There are rows
of library style tables to sit at and study from. Other chairs
are profuse. Three young women were there at the visitors desk
when I arrived. Three other "executive types) were busy in
The number of resources here is overwhelming. Any writer of western material, any artist seeking inspiration, any western fan will be able to spend months in here and never touch the surface of what's available.
That's the good news. The bad news starts with the lighting. It is DARK in here, not gloomy, just dark. Another bad point, this is on the third floor and while there is an elevator somewhere you have to climb the stairs to find it. I can guarantee you, Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not visit the Western History Collection in person. If I hadn't had two strong young men to carry my wheelchair while I struggled up the stairs I never would have made it.
Tribes 131 Fine Art & Gift Gallery has over 20 years brokering art with the Nations most noted Native American Artists.
|Probably the biggest
attraction of all here are the OU home games. Side streets for
miles around are packed so solidly with parked cars that natives
can hardly get home or out.
People get out and walk to the stadium. Three miles away the streets are still packed with throngs of OU fans heading for the game.
Parking spots four miles from the stadium are renting for $10 each.
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The Fred Jones Jr.
Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus is
billed as one of the nation's finest university art museums
with 34,000 square feet of space. ACCESSIBLE is the
word to best describe this experience. Once you know
where the door in IS found you can get in and you can get
close to all the paintings, busts, statues and artifacts
there. Strolling guards ensure that you don't take out
anything dangerous, like an ink pen, but they are also grateful
for any excuse to stop and talk. A sense of reverence
pervades the entire museum. Everyone there whispered,
everyone there SLOWLY worked their way from one painting to
the next, one exhibit to the next, as if wanting to treasure
or at least try to understand why others were treasuring,
There are so many good places to dine in Norman that mentioning only one should be a sin. You have your choice of cuisines here, and many are combinations. Somehow even Mexican and Chinese run together here without raising suspicions too high. Still, the one place I go to celebrate good fortune is a run down old barn called Saltgrass Steak House. Quite often you have to call ahead to get a seat at all, so I know others agree with me. Saltgrass is derived from the Beaumont Texas region where seafood and steak go together and those are the specialty of this house too. The menu tells you that the steak comes from Black Angus. The staff is delighted to tell you exactly where your slice of steak will come from. Now, I'm pretty stingy with my tips left behind, but here a meal for two almost demands a $10 tip from me. Yes, the service is that good, and the food -- delicious. There is so much food brought out that taking some home is a foregone conclusion. The address is 650 N. Interstate Drive and the phone number is 405-292-5600. I only have two complaints, the music is too loud.
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The last time I needed plumbing work done I called on Leon's plumbing, out of Norman. This is a good, fast, prompt, Christian operation. Darren came right out and did terrific work for me.
Norman is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been in. All around the sides, dozens of paths through the middle, and the whole town is clean. Voting citizens vote it that way and they are willing to pay for it. There are collection containers scattered throughout the city and there is a huge recycling area where citizens can turn in their refuse for reuse when there is a known facility.
Then there is a huge public compost facility that takes yard clippings and other such products and turns it into compost that any resident citizen of Norman can pick up for free. And STILL, the city still collects 500,000 TONS of assorted garbage per DAY. Even when it is all squeezed together and compacted, there are 22 tractor-trailer loads of garbage hauled out of Norman every day.
The Crucible, Foundry and Museum: 405 297 3995
Lake Thunderbird: 405 360 3572
Little River Zoo: 405 366 7229
The University of Oklahoma: 405 325 1188 OR 1 800 234 6868
From April through October
The Norman Farmers Market is open
at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
There you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, barbecued salts.
Barbecued salts? Yeah, fascinating stuff. He barbecues salt with mesquite
smoke, oak smoke, and other assorted smokes. The smell and the flavor
is terrific. Home base is tucked away between Highway 9 and Lindsey
Phone 405 310 2295 for more information.
Then, a wonderful part of Norman
is a place called Lake Thunderbird.
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