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Oklahoma Governor's Mansion

The Red River Journey

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Oklahoma Governor's Mansion Marker
Inscription.  The mansion was completed in 1928 at a total cost of $139,000. It features items from many of Oklahoma's first families, and the governor's names are woven into the carpet covering the steps of the spiral staircase. Oil wells once adorned the grounds, Governor William H. Murray planted a garden to help feed those in need during the Great Depression, and a temporary heliport was added in the 1960s so President Lyndon B. Johnson could visit in the presidential helicopter. It was later converted to a tennis court.

In 1995, under Governor Frank Keating, the mansion was renovated, and the Friends of the Mansion, Inc. was established to help raise funds.

The Governor's Mansion is included within the Capitol-Lincoln Terrace Historic District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The Red River Scenic Overlook is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Federation of Women's Clubs

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This 14,000-square-foot mansion is constructed of Carthage limestone in a Dutch Colonial architectural style. Oklahoma City's architectural firm Layton, Hicks and Forsyth
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By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Oklahoma Governor's Mansion Marker
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built the mansion along with Smiser Construction Company. It has three stories and originally had 19 rooms, such as a parlor, ballroom, kitchen, library, dining room, and sunroom.

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In October 1928 Henry S. Johnston was the first Governor to move into the mansion. Johnston was impeached during his term and only lived in the mansion until early 1929.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1928.
 
Location. 35° 29.605′ N, 97° 29.86′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker can be reached from Nazih Zuhdi Drive west of North Laird Avenue. Marker is part of the Red River Journey pathway, which is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red River (here, next to this marker); Oklahoma State Capitol and The Guardian (here, next to this marker); Bloomfield Academy (a few steps from this marker); Texas Road (a few steps from this marker); East and West Shawnee Trails (a few steps from this marker); Butterfield Overland Stage (a few steps from this marker); "Alfalfa Bill" Murray's Red River Bridge War
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(a few steps from this marker); Bison Tracks (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
Also see . . .  Oklahoma Governor's Mansion on Wikipedia. Not mentioned on the marker is there is a swimming pool shaped like the State of Oklahoma on the grounds of the mansion. (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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