Hi friends! Kalli here.
The weather is getting warmer, the trees are budding and the smell of spring rainfall is in the air. In my book, that makes for the perfect time for a road trip. So, jump in your car and follow along as I make six stops in south-central Oklahoma to view unique murals. Are you ready? Roll your windows down, turn up the radio and start your GPS. My first stop is Marlow, Oklahoma.
Stop 1: Marlow
This small town has been home to some big events over the years and Marlow’s history and culture come to life in their downtown mural. Did you know the John Wayne movie, Sons of Katie Elder, was based on a story about the Marlow brothers? Look closely in the “W” at the end of the mural and you’ll find the Marlow brothers’ hideout! And while in Marlow, be sure to grab a slice of pizza from DiCintio’s Pizza Cucina or get your shopping fix at Touch of Bliss or the Marlow Mercantile.
Stop 2: Duncan
Cruise 20 minutes south lands you in Duncan, Oklahoma. Head down Main Street and peer around the east side of the Henderson Furniture building, and you’ll find the Rhythm and Roots Mural. Created in 2015 by the Palmer Studios, the mural is part of the Oklahoma Tourism Department’s Rhythm and Roots Music Trail, which highlights venues and artists in Oklahoma. The song lyrics painted at the top of this mural are my favorite part: “I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma.” After taking a few selfies in front of the mural, take some time and explore downtown Duncan. A few of my favorites are The Sumac Trading Co. and The 3 French Hens. They are truly wonderful places to shop.
Stop 3: Davis
After you leave Duncan, it’s time to take a drive east to Davis. Right on Main Street, sits a beautiful mural of Turner Falls. Taking a picture at this mural and at the actual Turner Falls outside of Davis would be a reallycool photo! Curb your sweet tooth with handcrafted gourmet chocolate at Bedré Fine Chocolate and eat a fried pie (or two) at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies.
Stop 4: Sulphur
A little further east from Davis and a quick pit stop in Sulphur lets you view a historic mural on the corner of Muskogee and Third Street. The mural was created by Bob Palmer and celebrates historic Sulphur. If you’re up for more adventures or want to stretch your legs, the Chickasaw National Recreational Area is a popular attraction and is home to Little Niagara.
Stop 5: Tishomingo
Right by Ole Red and Junk Stars, you’ll find this colorful mural of Blue River, which is located outside of Tishomingo. It’s the perfect photo opp while exploring downtown Tishomingo. Get your fill on home cooking at Blake Shelton’s restaurant, Ole Red. Stops at the Chickasaw Nation Information Center and the Chickasaw Bank Museum are musts to learn more about the area and its full history.
Stop 6: Ada
Your final stop to explore is Blake Shelton’s hometown of Ada. In the Art District, you’ll find this one-of-a-kind mural featuring local Oklahoma artists. After taking a picture by the mural, continue your adventure by taking in art and culture at the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities, or shop for unique gifts at Farm Girl Boutique. And don’t forget to spoil yourself a little and indulge in a cupcake or cookie at Amber’s Sweet Shoppe.
What a fun road trip! Thanks for exploring south-central Oklahoma with me! While you’re on your mural tour in Chickasaw Country, take pictures of your favorites and tag us with #VisitChickasaw.
Happy road tripping,
(Originally published on March 29, 2018. Updated on February 19, 2019.)