The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Garfield County 2011

March 19, 2011

Monuments stand to honor Enid’s past

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ENID — Miniature Statue of Liberty

The miniature Statue of Liberty on the east side of the courthouse was purchased for $150 in 1950.

“It was brought to us by the Boy Scouts of America and was dedicated in 1950. It is made of copper. It is an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty but smaller. Nobody really knows who the artist is that made the smaller statues put up by the Boy Scouts in several towns,” Wofford said.

Watering trough

The watering trough at Maine and Grand was a gift to Enid from the Herman Lee Ensign estate.

“It was originally placed on the square in 1910, in the middle of Maine street, just north of Garfield Furniture, Wofford said. “Basically, it was used to water the many horses in Enid in the time and also the dogs and cats. It was there until 1930, when it was hit by an automobile and knocked over. The city fathers at the time declared it a traffic hazard and planned to haul it off to the dump. The Daughters of the American Revolution raised enough money to move it to Government Springs Park. It became a fountain for the kids’ waiting pool. It was there until 1990. Of the original 125 of these that were manufactured, only 37 are known to exist. Ours is one of them.”

Homesteaders statue

The Homesteaders statue at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is one of Enid’s newest pieces of art.

“It was commissioned by the McClures as a gift to the museum. The sculptor was Holden. It represents the pioneers who came into northwest Oklahoma in the land run,” said Andi Holland, director of the museum.

The statue was dedicated in September 2007.

“I think it is a wonderful entrance to the city for travelers coming into the city. It points out in very direct terms of what we are about and how proud we are of our heritage. It is beautiful,” Holland said.

Walking tour

Statues and other points of historical interest can be viewed on Chisholm Trail Coalition’s walking tour the third Saturday of the month April through October. There also are re-enactments at different sites. For information about the tours, contact Wofford at 242-2233.

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Garfield County 2011
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