A 1915 book by the Okla Geological Survey includes plenty of non-geological info and pix. These caught my attention:
1. For some reason Cadillac decided to call its stupid rebadged Citation the Cimarron. I’ve always been puzzled by the choice. GM was aiming at Euro-inclined and Eco-inclined buyers, not Okies. The actual Cimarron is not nationally famous. It’s a beautiful river, but no New Yorker has ever seen it.
In 1915 its beauty was enhanced by these graceful structures. Eiffel Towers for the Euro-minded, and rainbow-colored water for the Eco-minded. (But I seriously doubt that GM was thinking along those lines.)
2. Here’s a picture of a tornado near Ponca in 1912. I’d never heard of this one. Ponca was spared from the worst twisters in recent decades. The ’55 storm flattened Tonkawa and Blackwell but missed Ponca. We did get warnings and sirens for that one, and I remember huddling in a neighbor’s storm cellar for a while.
3. This account of Enid’s railroad service is utterly astonishing.
Enid has three railroads: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway; St Louis & San Francisco Railroad; and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway. The Rock Island operates four passenger trains south and four north daily, one passenger train each way between Enid and Waurika, and one passenger train each way daily between Enid and Billings. The Frisco operates three trains southwest and three northeast daily, and two passenger trains west and two east daily. The Santa Fe operates two passenger trains northwest and two southeast daily.
In other words, if you wanted to travel from Enid, you had 24 choices of direction and time. Those lines to Waurika and Billings would have been ‘interurbans’. For several decades after 1971, the nearest passenger terminal to Enid was in Nebraska. Amtrak later added more coverage in the real America, and now the nearest terminals are in Newton or OKC, about 100 miles away.