I would like to start out by apologizing for the lack of posts. This transition has not been as fruitful as I hope, but I still have time to make it work. Moving forward, I decided that this weekend I would take my twin sisters and visit a little known piece of Oklahoma history found in the Cache, OK area. Here you will find some buildings significant to the local history and people. It is a short drive west of Lawton; just right off of hwy 62. When you take the Cache exit from hwy 62, you will see a little run down store called “The Trading Post” to the south. This is a small souvenir shop. There is also a restaurant and the signs for an old roadside amusement park that has long since closed. This used to be a busy shop in its day, but due to some insurance issues and age of the owner, Kathy Woesner, it is unfortunately a fading memory now. While the amusement park is shut down, there are still some excellent attractions located on the property. All you need to do is walk into the Trading Post and talk to Kathy and she will make arrangements for Donna to come out and give you a little tour. On site you will find Quanah Parker’s “Star House”, the Indian Baptist church, the old Cache train depo, and other historic buildings from the area.
The original owner, Herbert W. Woesner Jr., wanted to keep the history alive and available for generations to come. He made sure of this but preventing these historic buildings from destruction and moving them to his property. I recorded the first part of Donna’s tour and she gives a little more background on the property and why Herbert’s choice of location for the buildings was still significant to the history of the buildings. Herbert had an unfortunate accident involving one of the rides he offered at the amusement park and since then the park has shut down and the buildings are starting to need repair. The “Star House” still has a lot of its original furniture used by Quanah Parker himself. He had many distinguished guests visit him at the house. Including Teddy Roosevelt. Listen to the audio clips and check out the pictures. I hope you all enjoy it!