Daily photos from Oklahoma City and the surrounding
Monday, February 2, 2009
A bird's eye view
This shot was taken from the 34th floor of the Chase building in downtown. The edge of Bricktown is just off to the very bottom left. There are still remnants of the sleet storm on the ground and tops of the buildings.
Oklahoma is called the Sooner State, because when the state was opened up land was given away not by lottery but by land run, in a "shotgun start" style. At a certain time, all the settlers lined up at the starting line took off at a dead run and ran as fast as their buggies, coaches, buckboards, horses and legs could take them until they could find land that no one had claimed, 160 acres at a time. Unfortunately, not everyone waited for the starting shot and took off Sooner than they were supposed to: hence, the Sooner State. This bronze statue, actually a series of statues depicting the land run, is found along the canal in Bricktown, in downtown Oklahoma City (OKC) and when finished will be the largest bronze statuary in the world.