After church, we came back to the trailer to change and get ready to go check out downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown. The Bricktown District is old. The buildings have been there since the early 1890's when it was the location of a US Army detachment that was stationed there to provide law and order for the newly settled city. They eventually sold the land to private parties. In the early 1990's, the district became the focus of extensive renovation and development. There is a mile-long canal that winds through with a nice river-walk feel to it.
We strolled along the canal and then up several blocks to check out the Oklahoma City National Memorial. They've really done a beautiful job of constructing the monument and it contains several aspects that are very beautiful. The kids didn't know anything about what had happened there so it was very educational too.
|A corner of what's left of the Alfred P. Murrah building|
|The wall surrounding the elm tree says, "The spirit of this city|
and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith
We continued our walk through the downtown area, heading back towards the Bricktown District, enjoying looking at some of the artwork and beginning to think about food for lunch.
|Modern sculpture in front of a building with the company|
|There was no info that Brynna could find about this|
sculpture so we weren't sure what the raven and the
apple represented, but it looked cool.
|This boy was a little tired of walking here.|
|Happy Mother's Day, Mama Duck!|
|Sky was most excited about the gars in the tank.|
|I am so blessed!|
There was one more thing I wanted to see before we left the downtown area which is a set of sculptures commemorating the Land Run that occurred here in 1889. I'd read that it was in the Bricktown area, but we hadn't seen it and were getting ready to leave. Right as we were getting ready to head for the car, Brock spotted a large piece and so we drove over for a closer look.
The sign read:
The Land Run of 1889
The Unassigned Lands were opened through a Land Run with more than 50,000 Americans vying for 160 acres or a town lot. At noon on April 22, 1889, competitors rushed in on wagons, horses, foot and trains. Towns were formed and homesteads were staked. The march to statehood had begun.
|Evidentally, the cannon started the race for land|
|Loved the guy's hat blowing off.|
|You can see the immense size of the statues. Really impressive. The installment is|
a work in progress, not scheduled for completion until 2015, I think.
With a full belly, I laid down and actually got a nice nap this afternoon. Thank you, Family!
When I woke up, I did a little bookkeeping work and then it was pretty much bedtime for the kids.
We got to talk to both our Moms on the phone which was very nice. We are so thankful to have these amazing ladies in our lives. We love you, Moms!