Roaming Sooner State History in Guthrie, Oklahoma
The fleeting nature of Guthrie's tenure as Oklahoma’s first state capital saved it from the urban sprawl and uglification that might have eventually swallowed its brick commercial district and quaint Victorian houses. The once remote territory, sprung from the 1889 land-run, instead bided its time for a century until its 400 city blocks were designated a National Historic Landmark. Today, visitors are drawn to the restored Pollard Theatre, the quirky Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum (housed in the pristine Gaffney Building and presided over by a pharmacist curator), and the State Capital Publishing Museum—not to mention a dozen B&Bs and several antique shops, like the split-level Country Corner, a showroom for midcentury housewares. Celebrate Guthrie’s survival of the economic downturn over coffee and chocolates at Rick’s.