I just got back from Fort Sill in Lawton OK to see my daughter's graduation from Army Basic Training. In a previous post I asked if there was anything to see or do near Ft Sill, and someone posted "yes, about 500 miles from Ft Sill". I thought that was pretty funny but I soon realized exactly how true that was after I explored a little. But I was able to visit Mt Scott, a plains history museum, some swords and guns from famous generals of the Indian wars, photos of famous Indian leaders and warriors, many moving memorials for many soldiers going way back, and some Army artillery and missile technologies going almost back to the Great War.
One thing that was very refreshing though, was that everyone, and I mean everyone without a single exception, were very polite and helpful. Drivers on the road were nice to a fault, hotel clerks were nice, store clerks were nice, restaurant waiters were nice, poor and not so poor people of all kinds were friendly and kind without exception. I got pulled by a city police officer and he was exceptionally friendly and helpful (I was driving at night without lights - rental car). It was very refreshing.
So I just wanted to say God bless to the people of the great state of Oklahoma. It reminded me about the best qualities of the good people of the US of A.
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Lived in FS/Lawton from 64 to 76. Dad was a cannon cocker. Have climbed Mount Scott twice. You didn’t mention Geronimo’s grave as a stop on your trip. He’s buried on the east range. I use to spend many winter mornings jumping ponds on the east range for ducks. I was a GS3 for several years as a lifeguard at the base’s pools as a college job during the summer. Lots of memories there. I hunted for elk on the Wildlife Refugee north of FS two years ago and drew a blank. It was an unfortunate result compared to my 1996 refugee hunt when I took a nice cow. Between the two hunts, it turned into a once in a lifetime hunt.
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Posts: 1729 | Location: Chandler, AZ | Registered: June 30, 2010
I talked to a lawyer in the state who gave us a seminar about the legal atmosphere in Oklahoma. He said that much of the US thinks Oklahoma is occupied mainly by military, rednecks and Indians. He said if you break down on the road, it won't be 10 minutes before one of those rednecks stops to offer help.
Posts: 2543 | Location: Southeast Virginia | Registered: January 03, 2010
Born in Ardmore and grew up in OkCity & Tulsa. Folks in OK are what we used to call "normal" back then. Never knew how exceptional they were until I moved away after college. My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to move back. Im able to visit from time to time: they think I'm a Texan and they're still nice to me!
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Posts: 1325 | Location: RR12 | Registered: February 17, 2008
They ARE good people. Growing up, Nebraska and Oklahoma had a fierce rivalry. Lots of back-and—forth, especially during the Barry Switzer/Tom Osborne days. Maybe the idea of it being an always respectful rivalry is all in my head, but I know that now fans of both teams look back fondly (and respectfully) on those years. The two teams have a home-and-home beginning in 2020. Something to really look forward to.