Heading north on the back roads with scarce traffic and no semi-trucks, through decaying towns with First Baptist churches, past dead trees and vacant farm houses, we headed for the wide open tall grass spaces of Osage County.
It's Oklahoma's largest county, home of the Osage Indian Nation and Reservation, expansive ranches and sections upon sections without fences, and innumerable oil wells and oil history.
Idling, with car windows down, through the cool sunshine of Ripley, Glencoe, Pawnee, Ralston, Fairfax. Homes of Marie Tallchief, Pawnee Bill, The First Osage Baptist Church with glistening white two-story Corinthian columns, the Rawhide Bar, the Settle Inn.
Having crossed the Cimarron River twice and the Arkansas River into the Osage County, somewhere in there we crossed Bacon Rind Creek.
How did that creek get its name? Did an early settler throw his morning bacon rind in it after breakfast over a crackling fire on a cold morning, sipping steaming coffee made with clear water from its limestone bed? So many stories to wonder about, to tell, to write.
"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Bacon Rind Creek
Labels: Bacon Rind Creek, Oklahoma, The Osage
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I have enjoyed catching up here. Love all your recent posts. They are all so life-affirming!ReplyDelete
Bacon Rind Creek sound like a place to get in touch with what really matters in the world. I really love your fascinating travels and your telling of them. What a gorgeous B&B you all stayed in. Loved the pictures of that. And pumpkin waffles sound delicious.
I love Osage County. Another well kept Oklahoma secret.ReplyDelete
The name of the creek came from a Osage chief, whose real name was butchered by settlers.ReplyDelete
Richard...fascinating....your source for that?ReplyDelete