The Plainsman - Dillingham Garden - Enid, OK
Posted by: hamquilter
N 36° 23.568 W 097° 52.248
14S E 601266 N 4028109
Quick Description: Located in Dillingham Garden, in Government Springs Park, this is one of six sculpture plaques depicting life in the early West.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 2:36:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMDR4B
Harold T. Holden (1940-) is a renowned Western artist, who works in oils, clay and has created numerous well-known bronze sculptures depicting life in the West. His creations can be found throughout the world.
Government Springs Park, Enid's first park, is located on the site of natural springs which served as a watering hole for drovers, soldier and cattle along the Old Chisholm Trail. Within the park, the beautiful oval Dillingham Memorial Garden contains one of Holden's sculptures entitled "Holding the Claim." It stands on a raised level, surrounded by a retaining wall.
Around this wall are six bronze relief art sculptures depicting the works of Harold Holden. This first is called "Plainsman." It shows an Indian brave sitting on a standing horse. He is holding a rifle in his right hand. The wind is blowing fiercely as it often does in Oklahoma, which is illustrated by the Indian's headdress blowing to the side, and the horse's tail blown in between his rear legs. A scrubby plains plant is shown in the lower right corner. The bronze plaque is approximately two feet square. A second plaque beneath it reads:
by Harold T. Holden
Era of the Plains Indians
For Centuries, the Middle of the United States was Home to Many
Indian Tribes. Oklahoma, Located in the Center of the Great
Southwest Plains, Eventually Became One of the Last Refuges of
The Red Man. This Artistic Representation is a Tribute to All of
Oklahoma's Native Americans, As Well As Those Original
"Guardians of the Plains"
D.C. Bass & Sons Construction Co., - Major Donor