Oklahoma-Texas Trip: More Scenes from the Photo Album and the Acrocanthosarus Atokensis


Presenting: Acrocanthosaus Atokensis

Acrocanthosauus Atokensis

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 – Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrocanthosaurus

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.


0606180833aNot very PC: Cigar Store Indians are a popular adornment at local shops

 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.)



Two more overlooks on the Talimena Byway. Facing north toward the Ouachita National Forest


Paco at the Beaver Bend Park Spillway