Oklahoma has some great places to visit, but did you know we have our share of weirdness also? “Weird” isn’t necessarily a negative word…it can be interesting, unusual, quirky, or weirdly cool. If you’re looking for something different to see or do, visit these 14 “weird” places in Oklahoma for a little slice of unusual.
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1. Spider Bug: Lexington
Apparently someone elected to take a VW bug and attach spider legs to it making it a spider bug. This attraction is located on the west side of Highway 77, south of Moffatt Road in Lexington.
2. Space Capsule: Winganon
Around 1959, a cement mixer wrecked on its way to build the bridge over Oologah Lake. The truck was hauled off, but the mixer was left. Over the years people have turned it into art. Painting and repainting it with different themes. Right now it is a recreation of a NASA space capsule. (Location: on a lonely stretch of highway between Talala and Winganon)
3. Full Size Transformers (G&M Body Shop): Stillwater
G&M Body Shop in Stillwater has installed 2 transformers, one at each of its locations. The yellow Bumblebee Transformer was installed in September 2015 and stands at 20 ft. tall. The first one was installed in August 2015 and stands at 22 ft. tall. Both were built in Thailand and then upgraded by the Stillwater body shop, which felt that the originals weren't up to American standards of Transformer excellence. These Transformers have been attracting tourists from Oklahoma and many other states by the droves.
4. Oldest Burning Lightbulb: Mangum
One of the oldest burning light bulbs in the world (4th oldest in world) has been illuminating a room in the Mangum Fire Department for 87 years. The original installer of the bulb in 1927, is as much a mystery today as why it continues to burn almost a century later. Mangum’s small claim to fame has attracted interested tourists from across Oklahoma, neighboring states, and the globe to come and gaze at the octogenarian light.
5. The Womb: Oklahoma City
A psychedelic arts center founded by the frontman of the Flaming Lips, it is saturated with vibrant murals of robots and unusual geometric shapes. The Womb stands out from anything else in downtown Oklahoma City.
6. World War II Bombing Memorial Site: Boise City
Located in the Oklahoma panhandle, Boise City is the only town in the continental United States that was bombed during World War II. Visit the Boise City Bomb Memorial to view a replica of one of the six bombs mistakenly dropped on the city during testing on July 6, 1943. The bomb was dropped by pilots in a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber when they mistakenly took lights around the town's square to be their target. Luckily, only practice bombs were used and the town square was deserted when the bomb was dropped just after midnight, though many buildings were damaged or destroyed. The Boise City Bomb Memorial is located just in front of the Red Chamber Caboose.
7. Ames Astrobleme Museum: Ames
Way back in time, a meteor struck north-central Oklahoma, creating an impact crater – an astrobleme – more than eight miles wide. The Ames is buried by about 9,000 feet of sediment, making it barely visible on the surface. The hidden crater remained unrecognized until 1991, when a prolific oilfield was discovered. The Ames crater impact site is one of only six oil-producing craters in the United States. It is among the largest producing craters, producing 17.4 million barrels of oil and 79.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
8. Gravity Hill: Bartlesville
Located south of Bartlesville on Gap Road at the Matoaka Switch, Gravity Hill has been a source of local lore and mystique for decades now. According to the locals, the hill in question is unique because it defies the laws of gravity. If you park your car facing downhill and put it in neutral, you’ll be surprised as your car starts rolling backward, which is uphill.
9. Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard Art: Nowata
Carol Barbee liked roses. Wanting to decorate her rose bed, Chris Barbee brought Carol some gazing balls. But these gazing balls were quite durable and could withstand an Oklahoma storm, because they were actually old bowling balls. After Carol's death in 1997, Chris wanted to keep her memory alive and decided to make something with the bowling balls that she liked. This started Chris' first project; the bowling ball fence along the road. Then came the alphabet. The whole thing took on a life of its own; Chris became known as the 'Bowling Ball Man.' You can tour the yard for Free at: E021 Rd, Nowata, OK (NE of Nowata, Country Road 21, one mile east of Highway 169.)
10. Upended 18-Wheel Truck: Tonkawa
This company got creative for a billboard and stuck an 18-wheeler straight up in the air. It can be seen in front of Wilkins Oklahoma Truck Supply in Tonkawa, OK.
11. The American Pigeon Museum: Oklahoma City
The museum's purpose is to preserve the heritage and history of the domestic pigeon and its relationship with humankind.
12. World's Largest Totem Pole: Foyil
A retired art teacher built the approximately 60-foot-tall monument over an 11-year period from 1937 to 1948. Even though other totem poles made from wood surpass the Foyil totem in height, it’s still the tallest constructed from cement.
13. No Mans's Land Historical Society (Two-Headed Calf): Goodwell
The open range of the Oklahoma Panhandle was called "No Man's Land" while the U.S. government tried to keep settlers off of it. The government gave up in 1890, and the No Man's Land Historical Museum tries to preserve its legacy. The weirdest exhibit at the museum is the two-headed calf. The calf was born on a farm 12 miles north of town in 1932. It lived for a few weeks, died, then was stuffed by students at a local college. It's been in a glass case at the museum for decades, possibly since it opened in 1934.
14. Longest Straight Road in the U.S.: Boise City-Guymon
The longest straight road in the United States isn't the famous Route 46 in North Dakota (the longest straight section of which runs for just over 27 miles). There are two separate sections of the same highway in the Oklahoma Panhandle which surpass Route 46's length by a substantial margin. From Boise City to just west of Guymon, Highway 412 runs razor's-edge straight for 47.7 miles. And as if that wasn't enough, when Highway 412 resumes its straight and narrow ways 24 miles to the east, it proceeds to run perfectly straight through the farmlands of western Oklahoma from Hardesty to just east of Slapout for another 65.5 miles.