The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Garfield County 2011

March 19, 2011

Monuments stand to honor Enid’s past

ENID — It is nearly impossible to drive through Enid without running across one of the city’s public art displays.

Errol Wofford, tour guide for Chisholm Trail Coalition, talks to visitors each month from April to October about the statues and other places of historical significance around downtown Enid as part of the organization’s walking tour.

Doughboy statue

The Doughboy statue, located in downtown Enid on the east side of the library, depicts a World War I soldier.

“The Doughboy statue was originally dedicated July 4, 1924. They first put it up at the courthouse. ... The courthouse burned in 1930, and it was moved to its present location,” Wofford said. “It was rededicated in 1994 with four World War I veterans Burt Richardson, Ben Isaacs, Bill Long and Ike Crawford, at the dedication. They were all over 90 years of age at the time.”

The statue was purchased by the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter.

Boomer statue

The Boomer statue, sculpted by Kremlin artist H.T. Holden, and underwritten by NBC Bank, was unveiled June 16, 1987.

“It was put up to memorialize the history of the Cherokee Strip land run. It was H.T. Holden’s first public work of art,” Wofford said. “It became the official symbol of the Cherokee Strip land run. In 1993, it was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp. It is on the south end of the Square by the (Cherokee Strip) Conference Center.”

Tri-State statue

The Tri-State statue, northwest of the courthouse, depicts three young musicians marching and playing their instruments.

“The Tri-state statue was dedicated and erected May 1, 1976. It was sponsored by Phillips University and the city of Enid. It is made of bronze and sculpted by Tasso Pitsiri, who was a local artist. It was erected and dedicated to the thousands of musicians who had come to Tri-State since it started in 1932,” Wofford said.

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