By Bill Johnson The Oklahoma Heritage Association has a new
series of state maps for the person who not only wants to know where
he's going, but what he can see, do or learn once he's there.
There's the Famous Oklahomans Map, for instance, with entries
ranging from the state's favorite son, the late humorist Will
Rogers, to Sylvan Nathan Goldman, inventor of the shopping cart.
Map references show where those listed were born or made their mark.
Spanish trails, early military roads and the paths of the
railroads that opened the prairie are recorded in the Oklahoma
Trains, Planes and Riverboats Map. Among historical facts laid out
are that Waynoka was an overnight stop on the nation's first
transcontinental airline and that the first keelboat came to Oklahoma
And who wouldn't be enticed a bit by the Oklahoma Ghost Towns,
Mining Camps and Boom Towns Map with its directions on how to find
the ruins, or the Oklahoma Outlaw and Lawman Map with its photos of
dead outlaws and map locations of famous gun battles.
``People tend to forget what's here in Oklahoma, it's so
close,'' said Kenny A. Franks, director of education for the
Oklahoma Heritage Association and author of most of the text on the
12 maps. ``They think they have to go to Colorado to see an old boom
Franks said the map project, believed to be unique in the
nation, got started with an educational grant from the Noble
Foundation of Ardmore.
``The original idea was to use them in schools to aid teachers
in teaching Oklahoma history,'' Franks said. ``From there it grew
into a much more elaborate thing when we found that the general
public was as much or more interested in them than the teachers
Now the maps are on sale at independent book stores and the
Oklahoma Heritage office in Oklahoma City. Price, including tax,
postage and handling, is $4.88 per map or $41.70 for the set of 12.
Just about any interest can be piqued by at least one of the
Where else but the Oklahoma Historic Homes and Buildings Map can
a browser find a listing of the unusual, from the sod house at
Beaver to La Quinta, the 32-room, 14-bath home build by H.V. Foster
at Bartlesville, or the Thorpe House in Yale, the only home ever
owned by Jim Thorpe, the Olympian.
Only in the Oklahoma Natural History Map is there a discussion
of the geological evolution of the state, the location of
earthquakes since 1900, photos and information on famous - or
infamous - tornadoes and the monthly temperature extremes. …