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Domestic terrorism and militias have always been around….question is how much breath do they get and/or do we give them.

What is: The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, perfectly manicured lawn, gently lit “chairs”- one for each  of the 168 people, including 19 children, who were killed when domestic terrorists parked a truck bomb in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Each chair has a name on it.  Small chairs for the children.

What was:  On April 19, 1995 – 27 years ago, the bombing happened at 9:02 am and killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others and destroyed one third of the building. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage.  Until the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United States, and remains the deadliest incident of domestic terrorism in the country’s history. The official investigation, known as “OKBOMB”, saw FBI agents conduct 28,000 interviews, amass 3.5 short tons (3,200 kg) of evidence, and collect nearly one billion pieces of information. The bombers were tried and convicted in 1997.

If you ever get a chance see this memorial and then go to the museum for the exhibits and to listen to the bombing as recorded from across the street https://memorialmuseum.com/

 

What is: A bit of a backroad excursion to a bridge in need of structural repair.

What was: an engineering marvel and key part of the 1930s realignment of Route 66. 3/4 mile Pony bridge uses 38 pony trusses acrosss the South Canadian River. It was a 1930s engineering marvel, on the upgraded alignment of Route 66. It is the longest truss bridge on the mother road. HistoricBridges.org believes it to be the longest simple-span pony truss in the entire country, both in terms of number of pony truss spans (38) and total spanning length (3,800 total spanned feet by pony trusses). With this realignment of Route 66, Bridgeport OK became a ghost town and the private toll bridge in the area was replaced by this modern pony bridge. A scene in the 1940 “Grapes of Wrath” movie was filmed here. Its official name is the William H. Murray Bridge.

What is: a scenic view of the Arkansas River at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

What was: 10,000 Native Americans died during removal or soon upon arrival in “Indian Territory.” Part of the Trail of Tears included this water route.  The territory would subsequently be opened to settlers and became the state of Oklahoma.