Day 8 – Oklahoma City OK to Sayre OK – Tomorrow Texas!

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Already seen a few things this morning. Waiting for my next attraction here which opens at noon. Hitting the road and seeing Route 66 related sights is my goal on this trip.

Ok, another giant. I know, how many can there be?

The Oklahoma State Capitol. Undergoing renovation so difficult to get close.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

American Tragedy  –  American Terrorist

Very impactful memorial. Tells the story of the bombing of the Murrah federal building in 1995. The first picture is 168 empty chairs to honor the 168 people who died here. The chairs are on the site of the Murrah building.  There were 163 in the Murrah building and 5 from outside the building. There were 19 children in the on site day care who died that day. There is a special display outside for the children. 

This is the medical examiners count of victim recovery and identification. The blast was so devastating it took nearly 6 weeks to recover the last of the victims. 

Today, 23 years after the bombing, people continue to leave remembrances for those who died. 

There were 5 people outside the building who died as well. More than 680 people were injured. Over 300 building sustained some damage and nearly 100 cars were damaged or destroyed. 

I’ve been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC and the mood here is much like it is there. Very respectful, quiet. In one room are pictures of all the dead. A speaker repeats a loop reading the names of all the victims. Very well done memorial.

 

Transition…

Cool bridge on Route 66 further west. There are 23 pairs of the supports (called Ponies) which gives the image that they are going on into infinity. Good thing there was no traffic, I was standing in the middle of the road.

Lucille’s Historic Roadhouse

Great museum in the small town of Clinton OK. Very well done. Supported by the community, tickets and donations.

The ubiquitous Route 66 logo.

One of the many scenes inside the museum. Again, more pictures for the Road Trip Book. Too many to place here.

The next town beyond is trying to get in on the “giant” thing. It’s a giant Route 66 sign! *sigh*

Definitely getting much farther between attractions. I’m seeing more than I’m blogging about as you don’t need to see too many restored gas stations. In person, they all have their charm but lose something when shown in pictures. I believe there are a few more “giants” so please bear with me!

Maybe a song for today (related to Oklahoma City bombing)? “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton?

The Driveby Tourist needs to start watching his schedule. Started out without a schedule but that’s hard for someone like me who has been driven by a schedule my whole life. …but still trying to keep it calm.

 

 

“Shameless Plugs”

 

 

 

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  1. Mary

    Thank you for sharing your experience of the Murrah buildout memorial. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see it but it sounds wonderful and respectful of the tragedy.

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