Acrocanthosaurus was discovered in Oklahoma’s Atoka County in the 1940s, and in 2006, it was declared the state’s official dinosaur. The dinosaur was a kind of proto-T-Rex. (See Wikipedia info below for details.)
(Atoka County is just to the west of where we traveled. We saw the new museum (see illustration above) being built as we made the trip into Texas.
Acrocanthosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North America during the Aptian and early Albian stages of the Early Cretaceous.
Three Sticks Monument, Big Cedar, OK
Located at a turnout on Hwy. 259 near Big Cedar, OK, we thought this monument had something to do with the history of local native people–perhaps at meeting place of some sort. It was nothing of the kind.
It was a self-congratulatory monument to state politicians for their efforts in developing “roads, water, forest and recreation.” The three sticks refer to: Land, Wood, and Water.
Not very PC: Cigar Store Indian statues are popular in the area. Left: Outside the breakfast room at the Hotchatown Country Lodge. Right: At the entrance to the Grateful Head Restaurant, Hotchatown, OK
Meanwhile, we were within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation. (Note: license plate number altered to protect owner’s privacy.)