This morning I spent a couple of hours in one of my favorite places- The Indian Territory Museum. It’s filled with photos, documents, books, and memorabilia from Caddo. I love to browse around and look at things. Each time I visit I learn something new. Each time I visit I see something I never noticed before. Last week I found a photo of my grandfather that I had overlooked during previous visits. It’s right next to a photo of downtown that I’ve studied and studied! Today I noticed a photo of Devotie McCoy, one of Caddo’s early businessmen. I’d been reading about him and noticed his name on several deeds, but had somehow missed his photo.
Caddo’s museum was opened in 1978. Since then it has been entertaining and enlightening visitors from around the country and across the globe. I’m always amazed by how many people stop at the museum. Some are just “passing through” and see the sign on the highway. Others are on a quest to find some bit of information about a mysterious ancestor or lost relative. The charming ladies who volunteer at the museum are always so helpful.
I remember when my mother worked at the museum. She loved it! She spent her time reading books and papers, looking at old photos and dreaming about what Caddo must have been like in the “good old days”. I’m not quite as sentimental and I’ve already learned that the old days weren’t always good, but I still love to poke around in the museum and see what discoveries I can make. I hope if you travel in our area you will stop by for a visit. If it happens to be closed, inquire at Craighead’s. I’ll just bet someone will come and open it for you!