Past and present fuse in Oklahoma City, where you’ll find the legacies of Native Americans, cowboys and cattle. Things to do include visiting the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Museum of Art and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/around-the-region/oklahoma-city-trip-guide
Passages below Okla. city were filled with a rarely-seen Chinese community. Anti-Chinese sentiments drove the culture underground across the country, including Oklahoma City. During a flu epidemic during the 1920s, health inspectors stumbled across the Chinese underground. After their inspection, the inspectors were quoted as saying the nearly 200 residents were “in good health and surroundings and sanitary as all get out.” An entire network of tunnels downtown that link various buildings t
the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum remembers those killed in the 1995 Murrah Federal Building bombing. The outdoor monument includes a field filled with 168 empty chairs to represent those who lost their life in the bombing. The indoor museum gives a glimpse of what that morning was like. In one room, an audio recording from a courtroom near the Murrah Building replays the chaos and confusion of those first few minutes. Do visit, but bring the tissues.