Visiting Small Town America ~ Barnsdall, Oklahoma

New Year’s Day was a gloomy one in our little part of Oklahoma. No sunshine. Cold. But hubby and I forced each other out of the house and went for our first little road trip of the year. There was no destination in mind as we drove out of town, but we ended up in Barnsdall, Oklahoma. Here’s a little of what we saw along the way. The snow began to fall a bit into our journey, and for a little while, the sun was not missed.
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We never saw a soul while we were in Barnsdall. But it still felt like a warm and friendly Oklahoma town.Β  We stopped and snapped this pic as we were leaving.Β  Maybe we will return?barnsdall sign

p.s. Thinking of my hubby’s brother today. Eldon Clark, yes, named after Clark Gable! Today is his birthday. We think about him and miss him everyday. Here’s what he would say to you, I’m pretty sure…”Life is Short, Peace is Sweet.” Indeed. β™₯

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42 Responses to Visiting Small Town America ~ Barnsdall, Oklahoma

  1. That’s amazing you didn’t see anyone in the town! The WordPress snow coming down added to the cold winter of your pictures. Glad your first little outing of the year was a success. I think picture number two is my favorite, but there is something about the rusty Christmas decoration that draws my eye, too.

  2. The rusty old lantern grabbed my eye too, Maddie. I love old towns…..might be more fun with people though!

  3. We drove to some friends that day and think we saw three cars on the 1 1/2 hour journey – eerie! That’s rural France for you πŸ˜‰

  4. For some reason as I was looking at all your wonderful pictures a song entered my head and now I’ll probably be singing it all night!

    ‘We know we belong to the land
    And the land we belong to is grand
    You’re doin’ fine Oklahoma! Oklahoma O.K.’…….

  5. sterlingsop says:

    Thanks for sharing these pictures of your day trip. I love the picture of the bridge over the stream, very atmospheric!

  6. I love Jack’s Place!

  7. dranilj1 says:

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your footprints here!

  8. Reminds me of when I lived in Okie… I actually miss it, in many respects. I LIKED the quiet LOL

    BTW, those are some very wise words from your brother-in-law… he sounds like he was a nice guy.

    • I love the quiet as well. πŸ™‚ A green acres sort of gal, I guess! (except for the bugs…and I want air conditioning!!)

      Eldon was a retired Lt Col….always the host. I am certain everyone is heaven is much happier with him there….β™₯

  9. bulldogsturf says:

    What a wonderful outing…. loved it… certainly looks like a town to return to…

  10. tchistorygal says:

    Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve visited! I love your pictures! The little town reminded me os some we have here. Murals on the buildings is really big here. I should do a post on them. Many, many of our population in the Central Valley are formerly from Oklahoma – Dust Bowl descendants. So much so that we are called the Other California. It is a different culture than the rest of the state, much more conservative. I enjoyed your trip. πŸ™‚ Marsha πŸ™‚

    • Oh I hope you do post on the murals! I am always intrigued by them. And I love the dust bowl history as well. My dad and my friend, Delores, have some awesome stories on it. Thanks for going to Barnsdall with us! πŸ™‚ Paula β™₯

  11. mimijk says:

    Just the best, evocative pictures out there!! My day is enriched every time I visit you!

  12. George Hayward says:

    Love the photos! Seems like the road trip went well. I thought it was funny how you didn’t see a single person in Barnsdall but still described it as warm and friendly! Have a great 2013!

  13. artsifrtsy says:

    I love that shot of the lantern style lamp – very cool.

  14. ly says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you guys. Feel like I’ve been there, now. Gotta love our beautiful country.

  15. Rita Kay says:

    A very Happy New Year !!! I love the photos, my favorite ones are the Oil Well in the middle of Main Street and Jack’s Place. Thanks for sharing them with us, once again Happy New Year !!!

  16. Great photos. I particularly like the oil well. (I’m retired from the oil industry) I never thought about the fact that they are always rural. In some ways, urban locations make more sense.

  17. AirportsMadeSimple says:

    Hi there! Haven’t talked in a while. Just wanted to say LOVE the pics and the small towns. So much character. Great pictures! We had snow here on Christmas Day in Dallas, so that was nice. Hope things are going well for you. Cheers, Deb

    • Great hearing from you. Yes….it has been too long! We “thought” we were going to get snow here and then it skirted us! Lucky you….that is….if you wanted snow! A rarity where you live! Wishing you and yours a fantastic year!! paula β™₯

      • AirportsMadeSimple says:

        Same to you and yours, Paula! I hope you have a banner year in 2013. πŸ™‚ (We loved the snow.) πŸ™‚

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