One of the great joys of travel is the unexpected. On our drive to south Texas, we spent a night in McAlester, Oklahoma. If I had my mind focused only on our destination, I would have missed a fun morning of discovery.
The first thing I noticed after we exited the highway - the street signs. Each was topped by metal art, featuring different aspects of Oklahoma history. I loved seeing so many designs. At the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, I picked up a brochure of historical sites. Although we only had time to visit a couple, I totally enjoyed them. Many old historic buildings grace the downtown streets, lending a unique personality to the town.
Buffalo once roamed the land, but today the thirty-six buffalo throughout town are made of bronze. This city of 18,000+ rightly prides itself in its heritage. The website and visitors guide list numerous places of interest.
McAlester is in the Choctaw nation. Its history includes a Civil War battle. In the early days of the 20th century, it was once a coal-mining town. In front of the old McAlester High School Historical Museum, stands the largest lump of coal (2 1/2 tons) from the Homer Mine.
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The old Aldridge Hotel was built in the 1930s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out www.cityofmcalester.com for a complete list of places of interest. We only touched the surface and I plan to visit again.