Do you know how Oklahoma came to have a panhandle, or that Washington Irving once visited, or what the state rock is? Or do you know the history of the Cross Timbers region?
This book, Stories of Old-Time Oklahoma, by David Dary, has those answers and more. Engaging stories explore Oklahoma’s history and geography, reveal the origins of its trails, rails, and waterways, recount tales of buried treasure. This book also introduces the people of Oklahoma whose names are legends in history – Indian leaders Quanah Parker and Satanta, lawmen Bass Reeves and Bill Tilghman, and performing artists Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers and Gene Autry.
Dary tells of forts and stagecoaches, cattle ranching and oil, outlaws and lawmen, inventors, politicians and salutes Oklahoma’s intellectual and artistic heroes, like historian Angie Debo and Oscar Jacobson, who called world attention to Indian art. The book contains illustrations, names of Oklahoma rivers, and names of towns and how to pronounce them.
David Dary is Professor Emeritus and former head of what is now the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Buffalo Book: The Full Saga of the American Animal; Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries; and editor of A Texas Cowboy’s Journal: Up the Trail To Kansas in 1868 by Jack Bailey (also available in our online gift shop).
The cover artwork is an Oklahoma-inspired watercolor by Sue Dary.
University of Oklahoma Press: Norman; softcover, 271 pages. Copyright 2011.