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Mar 9 2012

Boise City, Oklahoma

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I had to travel to Boise City, Oklahoma, for work today. Unfortunately, I didn't get to leave town yesterday until the sun started setting. Driving into the sunset on my way to spend the night in Guymon. Boise City is the county seat of Cimarron County the farthest west county in the Oklahoma panhandle. Boise City is farther away from Tulsa than Dallas, Kansas City, Memphis and St. Louis.

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The Cimarron County Courthouse in Boise City, Oklahoma. It stands right smack-dab in the middle of the street in the middle of the town square.

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This is looking down the main street of Boise City from the steps of the courthouse. The "city" has a population of 1,266. The entire county has a population of 2,475 in 1,841 square miles. In comparison, the smaller sized state of Rhode Island has a population of 1,051,302 in 1,545 square miles.

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I'm a sucker for historical markers and this one was at the foot of the courthouse steps.

From September 23 through 27, 1846, the Mormon Battalion crossed the northwestern portion of the Oklahoma Panhandle. The little army's 500-plus volunteers, recruited for the Mexican War, were enlisted near Council Bluffs, Iowa, from among the first company of Mormon pioneers, who were then en-route to the Rocky Mountains.

The Battalion's 2,000 mile journey from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, to San Diego, California, then the longest march by infantry in U.S. military history, traversed for a lengthy distance the Santa Fe Trail. Sixty miles of that famous route passed through the Panhandle. It followed the Cimarron River southwesterly into Oklahoma to the Cimarron Crossing, then west-southwest past Cold Springs into New Mexico at McNees Crossing. Battalion members viewed the Oklahoma Panhandle as part of the "Great American Desert." The challenges of this portion of the march helped forge the Battalion into a disciplined force.

Seriously, a 2000 mile march? Yikes!

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You might notice a theme in this and the next couple of pictures. Think state of Rhode Island with just 2,475 people. And, think what would cause the dust bowl, in addition to a drought. This part of of the state is called no man's land and the plains desert, both for good reason.

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It is perfectly flat with no trees, no bushes...nothing as far as the eye can see.

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There is some irrigated farm land but the majority of the fields are at the mercy of mother nature.

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The scenic highway of Route 412 through outskirts of the Oklahoma panhandle.

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Between Boise City and Guymon is Four Corners, Oklahoma (at the T-intersection of 412 and 95). I've spent the obligatory 5 minutes googling and have absolutely no idea what it's the four corners of.

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Alas, the sun is setting in my rear view mirror somewhere east of Guymon but still in the panhandle...miles to go before I sleep.

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Seriously, who makes idiotic signs like this? Which way is Enid? Do you go by the arrow closest to Enid, or the arrow way far away from Enid? If Enid's arrow is the one on the top left, why not switch the arrow with the name so that both Enid and Oklahoma City are on the left and both arrows are on the right and there would be no confusion as to which arrow goes with which city? Fortunately, I didn't need to the sign to tell me Enid was straight ahead and Oklahoma City was off to the right. Sign fail!

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