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Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oklahoma State Capitol and The Guardian

The Red River Journey

 
 
Oklahoma State Capitol and <i>The Guardian</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Oklahoma State Capitol and The Guardian Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1917 the Oklahoma State Capitol Building sits on 100 acres of land and has 650 rooms. Although part of the original design, the dome was not completed until 2002. It is the only Capitol complex in the US that has active oil wells.

The Guardian is the 17-foot, 4000-pound sculpture created by artist Enoch Kelly Haney that stands atop the dome. Haney modeled the American Indian figure after his family members. Some of the symbols of material and spiritual cultures of the 39 tribes in Oklahoma include the staff, circular shield, four feathers, breechcloth, leggings, and moccasins.

It was cast at The Crucible Foundry in Norman, Oklahoma, in 50 pieces. Haney is an internationally known artist and served as a senator in the Oklahoma Legislature for over 15 years.

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Enoch Kelly Haney of the Seminole Nation was the first full-blood American Indian to serve in the Oklahoma State Legislature.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
Location. 35° 29.605′ 
Oklahoma State Capitol and <i>The Guardian</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Oklahoma State Capitol and The Guardian Marker
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N, 97° 29.865′ 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 Governor's Mansion (here, next to this marker); Texas Road (a few steps from this marker); Bloomfield Academy (a few steps from this marker); Butterfield Overland Stage (a few steps from this marker); "Alfalfa Bill" Murray's Red River Bridge War (a few steps from this marker); East and West Shawnee Trails (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 . . .
1. Oklahoma State Capitol on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Enoch Kelly Haney on Wikipedia. Kelly (born 1940) also has other works displayed in Oklahoma, including the "Chickasaw Warrior" sculpture at the Chickasaw Nation headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma. (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Oklahoma State Capitol image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
3. Oklahoma State Capitol
The Guardian sculpture is on top of the building. The Capitol is about 1/3 of a mile from the Oklahoma History center.
 
 
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 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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