"Ringing the Wild Horse" site - Jones, Oklahoma
Posted by: Max and 99
N 35° 36.067 W 097° 20.154
14S E 650739 N 3940982
Quick Description: Site that inspired Washington Irving's writings
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 7:34:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM7QF7
Washington Irving was an American author and historian, and best known for his stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." He wrote several historical biographies, most notably a multi-volume biography of George Washington. He sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle.
After spending 17 years in Europe, Washington Irving returned to America and was eager to explore the prairies. This is the approximate site of the area that inspired his writings in A Tour of the Prairie. One of the chapters is titled Ringing the Wild Horse, and tells of his hunts for wild horses and exploring the area.
The area is near numerous agriculture and farming fields, as well as a pond and river/creek. The bridge to the creek is out (as in gone), so the road is blocked off to warn people. It's a pleasant walk down the abandoned road.
Jones, OK U.S.A.
County / Borough / Parish: Oklahoma
Year listed: 1971
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Person - Washington Irving
Periods of significance: 1825-1840
Historic function: Landscape
Current function: Agriculture/Landscape
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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