Last week, I started sharing with you our weekend trip to Woolaroc; the rustic retreat that became a beautiful lodge/museum and game preserve built by Frank Phillips, co-founder of Phillips Petroleum. Today's post is about our drive through the preserve with most photos being taken from the comfort of our pickup truck as the rules stated we must stay in our vehicles while traveling through the preserve. I must admit that there are alot of photos and this post is rather long, but there's just so much I wanted to share with you. Think of it as a little vacation without having to leave the comforts of your home! So, are you ready? Come on, let's get started!
Looking far over the right, we spotted this lovely little waterfall around the bend.
We didn't have time to tour the museum on the day of our visit, but this excerpt from the website says it all:"The Woolaroc Museum presents one of America's most unique displays of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms. It is one of the most outstanding western art collections in the world that also represents the culture and lifestyles of the people and peoples of America and the American West." ~ woolaroc.org
Mr. Phillips was enamored by the Indian culture and had the entry into the museum decorated with Indian inspired drawings that came from an ancient tribe known as the Spiro people. There was a strong mutual respect and bond between Mr. Phillips and the Indian people. It was on their land that he found oil but he always dealt honestly with them and gave them the deference they so well deserved. As a result, the Osage Indians officially adopted Mr. Phillips into the tribe giving him the name of "Hulah-Kihe-Kah"; the name of the chief's deceased son. He was the only white man to ever have this honor of adoption.
Woolaroc website. This is the main living room. The walls of the lodge are covered with mounted heads taken from the Woolaroc ranch. None are hunting trophies but rather from the Ranch animals as they died of natural causes, There are 97 heads and 107 sets of horns.
A lot of the information I shared with you came from the book, Frank's Fancy: Frank Phillips' Woolaroc. It is interesting to read of the wheelings and dealings, the ups and downs, successes and failures that took place during the building of Wooalroc. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful place, you can find it on their website: woolaroc.org.
If you're ever in or near Oklahoma, you must stop by for a visit! You'll be glad you did. So...what interesting places have you visited lately?
Note: Neither Woolaroc or the Phillips' Foundation know me from Adam. I am not being compensated in any way. I shared this with you because I find it so interesting and hope that you enjoy it as much as we have.