Oklahoma City Stockyards
Last night, we took the kids on a little adventure near the Oklahoma City stockyards in Stockyards City, one of Oklahoma’s best main street programs. It’s also one of the best in the nation.
Stockyards City is on the National Register of Historic Places. The entire time I was there I was thinking about one of Oklahoma’s favorite daughters, Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, and the realities of her life on an Oklahoma ranch. (I just made the scones from her cookbook, perfected by the recommendation of heavy cream and a splash of coffee, I might add.)
I also thought about my dad. He always wore a cowboy hat and he would have loved Langston’s. The weather-worn hands of the hat-shaper reminded me of his hands. I miss you, Dad.
Langston’s and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse
Cowboy culture is really something to behold. They’re a curious lot of people, exotic really, especially if you hail from Paris or Long Island. While we were looking at all the delicious boots at Langston’s (I want one of each!), Sullivan went up to man in Wrangler’s and a cowboy hat and said, “Are you a real cowboy?” He said, “I used to be,” but I’m thinking once a cowboy, always a cowboy.
Right now, the Oklahoma City Stockyards are all decked out for Christmas. If you go right before sundown you’ll be able to see all the cowboys walking around in boots and hats, and you’ll still be there when it’s dark enough to enjoy the beautiful neon lights of Cattleman’s Steakhouse and the National Saddlery. Stockyards City is located south of SW 25th Street on Agnew, which is between Pennsylvania and May Avenues in Oklahoma City.