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Sep 30, 2013 - It's the Smell of Money

People in this area of southeast Oklahoma say that it has the smell of money. I say it’s the smell of cattle ranches and chicken farms. Most ranchers and farmer say they are barely making it. It takes a lot of borrowed money to own and operate these places. I’ve been told that most of them owe more than what the place is worth. We lived here for 3 years before we moved to Virginia 28 years ago. Sunday my brother invited old acquaintance for a BBQ chicken and beer get together. I think the only person that changed over the years was me. It...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Coming Back

In 1963, my parents bought a 320 acre cattle ranch in Southeast Oklahoma. I was just 10 years old. It was what they were looking for, it was affordable (less than $200 per acre), it was close to town (7 miles) and it had a school close by (a three classroom building and no running water). From where we came from, it was like going back in time 30 years. This part of Oklahoma was forgotten. It was a place that did not exist in the modern times. We had multi-party phones, one ring was you, two rings was your neighbor down the road, three...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Oklahoma Trip (June 22-23, 2012)

Day 1: Chance and I left around midnight and got to El Dorado, Arkansas, around 6 a.m. We had planned on staying there, but we found out you have to be 21 in AR to rent a room. We hung out in the park for a little while, then had breakfast in the Town House restaurant. The waitress counted our change wrong and gave us way too much back, so we got the hell out of there. Our next stop was Texarkana. We got there right around lunch time. It didn't offer much, so we soon left for Idabel, Oklahoma. We got there early in the afternoon and rented...

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Apr 30, 2010 - Museum of the Red River and Muscle Cars

On our way to church in Idabel on Sunday, we noticed The Museum of the Red River and decided we needed to come back for a visit. It was well worth the trip. Gary and JoElla went with us and we had an enjoyable day. This museum had several exhibits - Indian artifacts, Birds in Art, and a dinosaur. The volunteers were very helpful. We could take photographs in all areas except the Birds in Art display. It is an extremely well-laid out museum, with attractive displays and very spacious. Most of the Indian artifacts were displayed behind...

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Nov 10, 2007 - Idabel, Oklahoma

We left Hot Springs, Arkansas along with our friends, Bill & Judye Teetz (from Virginia) and headed to Idabel, Oklahoma. Bill & Judye are headed to Livingston, Texas so we all did a one nighter at Idabel, complete with dinner at their house. Bill & Judy had continued on to Idabel to check out the Green Acres RV park while we stopped at Broken Bow to check out the Broken Bow Motel and RV park. While we were both in our respective parks we called each other and compared notes. Bill said Idabel was a dump. I told him Broken bow was next to a...

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