Other Exhibits
History's Forgotten Treasures PDF Print E-mail
History buffs collectors and anyone interested in rare and unusual historical artifacts will be amazed, entertained and informed by the wing of the museum that is devoted to histories forgotten treasures. The exhibits in Histories Forgotten Treasures are a historical potpourri of one-of-a-kind, large and small artifacts and collections that include a wide range of time periods and cultures, reflecting the diversity of Oklahoma, the United States, and international cultures -- a sampling of history through artifacts. The exhibits in Histories Forgotten Treasures have brief captions that tell about the artifact. Collectively the wing has the goal of creating a general interest in history. A sampling of exhibits include a thirty-seven pound meteorite, a fulgurite created by lightening, a six-gauge double barrel percussion shotgun, an 1832 Eli Terry mantel clock with wooden works, an 1864 Abraham Lincoln campaign poster, qaupaw pottery teapots, 101 Ranch artifacts, an original and proposed constitution for the proposed state of Sequoya and an extensive collection of religious artifacts some of which are among the earliest Christian artifacts. Also included is a hand-made stars and bars Civil War Confederate flag with bullet holes, a collection of Oklahoma A&M artifacts that includes a hand-made flag that flew over Old Central before statehood. One of the largest collections of What'sits in the southwest, a perfectly persevered Imperial Mammoth tooth, and an elaborately hand-made cloth poster promoting single Oklahoma statehood and a two-headed calf skull cite only a few of the exhibits. The Washington Irving Trail Museum and Histories Forgotten Treasures are off-the-beaten path destination tourism attractions unique to Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States.
 
David L. Payne and the Boomers PDF Print E-mail
David L. Payne was the charismatic leader of the Boomer movement, which led to the settlement of Oklahoma's Unassigned Lands and later the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Often called the Father of Oklahoma, Payne was remembered by the settlers as the champion of their cause. Payne County was named for David L. Payne, and he is buried at a memorial site near Boomer Lake, in northern Stillwater.
 
The Battle of Round Mountains PDF Print E-mail

The site of the first battle of the Civil War in Indian Territory was on Washington Irving’s route. Although the evidence is strong for placing the battle near Twin Mounds, a more than fifty-year controversy concerning the location of the battle has clouded the history of this significant and tragic event. The story of the battle and the heroic struggle of the Creek Indians in their fight to Kansas is one of the least-known epics of the Civil War.

 
Cross Timbers PDF Print E-mail
In its day the Cross Timbers was as much a deterant to through transporation as the Rocky Mountains. There was no trails through the ancient scrub oak forests that Irving described as "Forests of Cast Iron." The scrub oak trees grow very close together, resulting in the lower limbs dying and forming an umbrella-like canopy that reaches to the ground; making it impossible to walk or ride a horse through.