See the Wild West in Oklahoma City
On April 22, 1889, the Oklahoma land rush began. At noon, almost 2 million acres of land became available to settlers who raced to claim their stakes. In just that one day, Oklahoma City was born and immediately had a population of 10,000. You'll understand what drew settlers to this beautiful southern city when you visit these attractions:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Founded in 1955, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves, collects and exhibits a dynamic collection of Western artifacts and art. Over 10 million people have visited the museum to get a glimpse into the history of the American West.
Drive your Oklahoma City rental car to 1700 North East 63rd Street between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see the incredible historical collection at this facility. The museum started out as a hall of fame for the American cowboy world but has evolved into an:
- Archival collection encompassing the people
- Culture of the West
Visit and you'll see embellished leather chaps and boots worn by real cow wrangling Westerners, firearms and ammunition used during the Wild West, wagons and items used during everyday life and more.
Museum of Osteology
On Sunnylane Road in Oklahoma City exists the only skeleton museum in the country. At this 7,000-square-foot location, you'll see over 300 skeletons, from invertebrates to primates, dinosaurs and even people.
Learn about comparative anatomy, adaptation, locomotion and evolution in the exciting exhibits on display here. Be sure to check out the forensic pathology area where you can learn how scientists discover what caused the death of the specimen in the collection.
The museum was created by Jay Villemarette. He became interested in skulls at age 7 and eventually created a business called Skulls Unlimited, where he and his wife sell high-quality skulls. The store is still in operation and can be found right next to the museum.
If you love visiting the museum and want to take a piece of it home, just head next door where you can find:
- Full skeletons
This is a favorite for wannabe archeologists and paleontologists.
Boone Pickens Stadium
The Oklahoma State Cowboys football team calls this stadium home. If you drive your Oklahoma City rental car to see the facility you may notice how small the sidelines are. This stadium has the tightest sidelines in college football, which the team considers a home field advantage because the fans are as close to the field as they can get.
There are 60,000 seats for roaring fans decked out in orange, silver and black. Boone Pickens was an OSU student and he donated $70 million to the school for athletic and other advancements. It was the biggest gift in school history as of 2003, and the stadium was renamed in honor of him.
Keep your eyes on the tunnel at the northwest corner of the stadium. OSU players storm the field from the tunnel, an exciting Oklahoma tradition. Grab your hat and boots and head to this modern stadium to cheer for the OSU Cowboys.