This book is a Heritage Center staff favorite!
Inventor and movie studio pioneer Thomas Edison captured western magic on film in 1904. He sent his crew to Oklahoma’s 101 Ranch near Ponca City to achieve this dream. The story on Edison is one of many in “Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema” revealing Oklahoma to be a landmark for cinematic history.
Complete with images and illustrations, this book captures Oklahoma’s role in the movie industry. It has served as a magnificent backdrop for cinema productions. Written by John Wooley, “Shot in Oklahoma” delves into the movie making history embedded in Oklahoma the “Sooner State.”
Shot in Oklahoma is the only book to closely capture the cinematic history of this state. Backstories provide more insight and intrigue. We particularly like the references to President Theodore Roosevelt and Jack Abernathy and The Wolf Hunt and The Bank Robbery. Abernathy is part of our history and educational teachings here at the Heritage Center. Plus, The Wolf Hunt was shot in the nearby Wichita Mountains.
We consider this book to be a great movie-trivia lovers “must have.” We found a reference to Duncan, OK, as a connection to movie executive Ron Howard. We also discovered the one movie not mentioned in this book, is the one exclusive to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center “The Chisholm Trail Experience.” – you’ll have to visit us if you want to see and experience this short classic.
It was named Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History for 2011 by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
University of Oklahoma Press 309 pages. Softcover.