Saturday:) So, Why Did the Bison Cross the Road?

31 Dec

“So, why did the bison cross the road? Because they are big beautiful beasts, and they can do as they please.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This afternoon, we visited the Woolaroc Museum in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma. Our first encounter with the wildlife sanctuary was a lengthy delay, waiting for the bison to cross the road. Why did they cross the road? Because they are big and beautiful and can do as they please.

Woolaroc is a museum and wildlife preserve located in the Osage Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma on Oklahoma State Highway 123 about 12 mi (19 km) southwest of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and 45 mi (72 km) north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woolaroc was established in 1925 as the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips. The ranch is a 1500 hectare (3700 acre) wildlife preserve, home to over 30 different species of native and exotic wildlife, such as buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle. Woolaroc is also a museum with a collection of western art and artifacts, American Indian material, and one of the largest collections of Colt firearms in the world. Also on display is Woolaroc, the aircraft that won the ill-fated Dole Air Race in 1927. Woolaroc features a nature trail and a living history area inviting visitors to experience the natural environment of Woolaroc, the life in a pre-Civil War 1840’s

mountain man camp.

Once we got past the furry roadblock, we drove past longhorn cattle, ostrich, feet, elk, water buffalo, and other animals out grazing along the road and in the fields.

Once inside the museum, the walls and rooms were filled with an eclectic mixture of paintings, sculptures, Indian artifacts, and an actual airplane.

I have to say, my favorites were the amazing bronze sculptures. Not only the artwork, but the reflective shadows dancing against the walls behind them.

The Woolaroc Museum is a hidden treasure nestled in the wonderful wildlife preserve. You are never too old to learn new things or see new wonders.

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