Well...clearly from the title, I am a little late in posting :)
Better late than never, though, right?
Each year the Choctaw Nation host the Labor Day Festival. The festival lasts several days and they have musical guests scheduled to perform each night. There is a carnival and many information booths. It is all free...the rides, the concert, etc. There is a charge for concessions. Many people bring their RV's and stay on the grounds for the entire festival. I have always wanted to go but for years I was always on call for my job over Labor Day weekend. Plus, it is quite a long drive from our home. However, we made arrangements this past year to go. We had a great time. We chose to go on the night that Ricky Skaggs was the musical guest. It was an outdoor concert. He was with Martina McBride as well, but since we had at least a 3 hour drive ahead of us to get home, we left as soon as Ricky Skaggs was over. We might need to get a hotel this year when we go!
Stopped to photograph this monument today. I've actually driven by it several times but decided to stop and take a look at it today. Very interesting story. You can read more about the history of this crossing here. It reminds me of a book I read a while back. The book was called "Women Who Pioneered Oklahoma" and it recounts several stories of what life was like before and after statehood in Oklahoma. I remember reading that the Canadian river was full of "quicksand" and it would become very hard to cross at times. It could also fill up quickly after a rain and you might get stranded on one side for days until it became passable again. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a good pic of the river from the turn off of the highway. Maybe have to explore another day.
Last summer, my husband and I took a detour through the tiny town of Bridgeport, Oklahoma. We were on our way to Red Rock Canyon and Bridgeport isn't that far out of the way. I wanted to drive through because my Great Great Granparents had lived in Caddo County (White Bread Township) and my Great Grandmother was a teacher in Bridgeport in the early 1920s. I have never visited or even driven through. These are a few of the pictures I took. It was quite a sight, honestly. It was hard to imagine what it had once looked like. There were many yards that were grown up with trees and grass. There were a few well taken care of homes. Here is a brief history of Bridgeport here. I've even read some websites that call Bridgeport a "Ghost Town". You can read that here. They have much more detailed photos of what was INSIDE of some of those homes we saw. (Honestly, the junk loving, treasure hunting "picker" inside of me would have loved to dig through some of those old homes on the Abandoned site...I just KNOW there are treasures to be found in there :)
Here are the pics...
U.S. Post Office
I imagine that this house was once beautiful...look at the detail in those shingles!
The road leading into Bridgeport
Yep. That's a stray horse roaming the neighborhood.
We stopped at the Binger cemetery after our trip to Bridgeport...this was a wild fire. They were very common last summer....it was one of the hottest on record EVER in Oklahoma.