|This is a town of leisurely sophistication with focus on arts, stockyards, baseball, oil, and financials. The early land settlers made a living raising cattle which today remains a big industry. Even in its formative years, oil flowed freely under ground, even under the state capitol building. Again, we are amazed at the number of oil wells, collection sites, and refineries between Oklahoma and Texas. Successful evidence is witnessed by the more prosperous towns around the refineries.
Bricktown is a restored factory/warehouse district. Walking around gave us just the necessary exercise needed after a day on the road. As we were coming up from the river walk area, an extremely nice gentleman stopped us to ask if we were enjoying ourselves, finding everything we needed, explained areas of interest, etc. Now that was mighty friendly! I have to mention his clothing as dress casual including a stunning pair of boots. Once you view the photos, lunch will be self explanatory. Incidentally, the food was delicious.
And then...we visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The inside exhibit is an interactive, self guided learning experience. Chronologically you are taken through the story of April 19, 1995-the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The outdoor symbolic memorial is a place of quiet reflection. In combination these memorials allowed us to remember those who were killed, those who survived, and those whose lives were changed forever. Once you have visited, you will KNOW the impact of violence.