Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fort Supply Visit

16 September 2019

Last week I contacted the Museum requesting a tour since the Fort is not always open and Robin agreed to meet us at 11AM for a tour. Since the fort sits on the grounds of a Correctional Prison, you have to be escorted. After Fort Supply, the site became a home for a Mental Hospital and later a prison. The fort has 5 remaining buildings plus a rebuilt stockade.


Fort Supply 1894 
Photos of 5 Remaining Buildings

Archive Photos

Archive Photos

Time Line


Fort Supply was established in 1868 as "Camp Supply" for the military campaign against the Southern Plains Tribes. In 1868 Custer rode south from the Camp to the Washita River and destroyed Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle's village. In 1869 and 1870, the post was the site of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian Agency. In 1874-1875 it served as the major supply area for the Red River War.  In 1879 it was renamed Fort Supply. It was at this time the post was important in transportation and communication that included SW Kansas,Texas Panhandle and NW Indian Territory. Troops built the roads, telegraph lines linking the forts, settlements and reservations. During the "Run of 1893" the lands were opened to non Indian settlement and in 1894, the fort was abandoned became the property of Dept of Interior.

Stockade Plaque

Stockade

Stockade

Stockade

We were able to get photos of the 4 of the 5 remaining buildings.

Guardhouse



Guard Room

Commanding Officer's Quarters


Officer's Quarters



Teamster's Cabin or Ordnance Sergeant's Quarters

Thank you Robin for giving us a great tour.

Stopped for late lunch at Braum's our first visit. Good food.



Turner Falls-Davis OK

15 September 2019

A short 70 mile drive via IH35 to exit 51 and Hwy 77 west to Turner Falls Recreation area and home to Oklahoma's largest waterfall 77 feet.The park is operated by the city of Davis.




 The park is in the Arbuckle Mountains in Davis,OK offering family adventure, hiking, swimming, zipline and much more including camping sites. Pets are not allowed inside the park except for support animals.There are several food Kiosks in the park. It is the oldest park in Oklahoma

 After our picnic lunch we took the short walk to the Falls passing by the remains of a stone castle built in 1930 . From the waterfalls you can view several caves accessible from the top via road.

Castle


View of Caves





 When you exit the park, take a rt on Hwy 77 and drive to the viewpoint and zipline.



 Tomorrow we are driving to Fort Supply..160 miles NW.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Visit with Granddaughter Kendyl at OSU in Stillwater

14 September 2019

Today we drove up to Stillwater OK to visit granddaughter Kendyl at Oklahoma State University. She is a sophmore. The campus is very beautiful with the buildings in the Modified Georgian brick architecture.Wish I had taken some photos as we were driving around the campus.



The University offers over 300 majors and minors in everything from accounting to zoology and more than 200 master's and PHD options. It is a nationally ranked research university in the classroom and on the field.

After seeing Kendyl's dorm room, she suggested  we go to lunch at Golden Dragon near the campus on  Perkins. A very good choice, pleasant atmosphere and many menu selections. We each selected a different entree and at Kendyl's suggestion I chose the Coconut Chicken with a sweet creamy sauce..very delicious.

Did not  realize Kendyl was so artistic and talented. Some of her artwork was displayed in her room. The one of the dog is Bailey the family dog.




Kendyl had studying to do so John decided to drive up to Bartlesville to get photos for his website of an old AF station that closed in the 60's. A few buildings remain is disrepair. On the drive up realized I had forgotten to give Kendyl some money so we stopped back by.

Glad we were able to have this visit. We are proud of her and Eric says she has maintained an A average. She  is on a partial scholarship. Has not decided on her major.

Tinker AFB Air Park Display

12 September 2019

After going to the Commissary, we decided to walk around the Air Park Display just outside the Tinker Gate and adjacent to the Commissary. They have a very nice display with signage. Below are some of the displays including a  POW memorial and memorial to Maj Charles B Hall, a Tuskegee Airman. The Airpark is named in his honor.

POW Memorial


Maj Charles B Hall  Plaque

Statue of Maj Hall
B-1 Lancer Signage

B-1 Lancer
B-29 Superfortress

B-29 Superfortress

B-52 Stratofortress
B-52 Stratofortress
F-40 Phantom II

F-40 Phantom II
B-47 Stratojet

B-47 Stratojet

C-47 Skytrain
C-47 Skytrain

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Drive to Fort Towson SHS

10 September 2019

Today we drove to Fort Towson SHS about 225 miles ow via IH40 east and south on Indian Nations Turnpike to Hwy 70 east.Tolls are collected along the way amounting to $7.50.

Upon arrival we visited the museum and gift shop. The museum has a very nice display including the paddlewheel (refurbished} from the Heroine Paddlewheel that sunk in the Red River 2 miles from the fort in 1838 bringing supplies. In 1840 the Red River changed course during a flood and buried the wreck under a pasture near Swink. In 1999 the wreck was uncovered after a recent  flood and excavation began. Most of the cargo had been salvaged after the wreck as well as all the crew saved.

Museum & Visitor Center

Signage

Transportation Crossroads Marker

Outline of Fort

Model of Heroine

Refurbished Paddle Wheel

Signage

Signage on Discovery

Signage on the Sinking


Fort Towson was established in 1824 as a frontier outpost. In 1829 it was abandoned and burned and reestablished in 1831 with the relocation of the Choctaw tribe. The fort was decomissioned in 1854 and served as a Confederate command post during the Civil War. North of the fort is Doaksville where General Stand Watie, the last Confederate General surrendered June 23 1865. We did not have time to visit this site which consists of Archaeological  remains.

Dorothy Jane Orton was the first Oklahoma woman to enlist in the WAC achieving the rank of Captain and serving 12 years.She was the prime mover in the restoration and preservation of Fort Towson..

Monument to Dorothy Orton


Located on the site is the reconstructed Sutler's store, cannon, signage and remains of the barracks and other buildings.

Sutler Signage

Reconstructed Sutler Store

Site of Fort Towson with Remains

Barracks Remains

1857 Cannon


On the route home we decided to take Hwy 70 west to IH 35, stopping in Ardmore for a quick dinner at Freddy's. Got back around 700PM. Weather is still hot and humid in high 90's. Looking forward  to cooler weather.