Whether you’ve grown up in Oklahoma or you’re new to the state, there are certain iconic landmarks that you have undoubtedly become familiar with. From barns to museums to natural wonders, these places have become instantly recognizable to Oklahomans. Here are 12 images people from the Sooner State will immediately recognize as familiar:
1.The End of the Trail
"The End of the Trail" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has endured to become one of the most recognizable images in the United States.
2. The Arcadia Round Barn
The Arcadia Round Barn is a landmark and tourist attraction on historic U.S. Route 66 in Arcadia. It is America's only truly round (as opposed to hexagonal or octagonal) barn.
3. SkyDance Bridge
Oklahoma City’s landmark bridge, Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197- foot-tall sculpture that spans Interstate 40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown.
4. The Golden Driller
The Golden Driller is a 76-foot-tall, 43,500-pound statue of an oil worker in Tulsa. It is the fifth-tallest statue in the United States.
5. Turner Falls
As the largest waterfall in the state, Turner Falls boasts a 77 ft. drop and breathtaking scenery.
6. Oklahoma City National Memorial
As one of Oklahoma's most sacred of institutions, the Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995...a day we will never forget.
7. ORU Praying Hands
On the campus of Oral Robert's University sits these mighty hands standing 60 feet high and weighing 30 tons. They are the largest bronze sculpture in the world.
8. Pops Soda Bottle
Pops is a gas station/convenience store/restaurant, conveniently located off Route 66 in Arcadia, OK. It is home to Bubbles, the World's Largest Bottle of Pop.
9. Oklahoma State Capitol
Hopefully every Oklahoman recognizes the building that houses the Oklahoma Legislature and executive branch offices. The dome on top of the building was completed in 2002.
10. Yukon's Best Flour Mill
The iconic “Yukon’s Best Flour” sign on top of the flour mill on Route 66 in Yukon is a recognizable landmark to Oklahomans. Historically, Yukon served as an urban center for area farmers and the site of a large milling operation.
11. Totem Pole Park
The Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park is a Route 66 icon and home of "The World's Largest Concrete Totem Pole." As one of Oklahoma's landmarks, it has been featured in several important articles and books on environmental folk art and Route 66 lore.
12. Oklahoma City Skyline
Our capital city is recognizable with the Devon Tower - a 50-story corporate skyscraper in downtown OKC. The tower is tied as the 44th tallest building in the United States.
Did you recognize all of these places? What are some of your favorite recognizable places in Oklahoma?