Oklahoma's Own: Drumright Murals Paint Picture Of Town's Past

Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 5:20 pm
By: News On 6

Craig Day, News On 6

DRUMRIGHT, Oklahoma -- There's a lot to love about Drumright: an old oil boom town, now booming with pride, and drawing visitors who come to see part of the town's past on display all over the community.

"I love them," said Becky Stoabs. "They're beautiful."

"Drumright is a neat little town. Yeah," Renee Hester, a visitor, said.

"I love them. They're all different," said Beth Hardie. "You'll see something you don't see everywhere else."

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Drumright is a town full of murals, each telling a part of the town's past. From Native Americans to the roaring 1920's. Depression era picnics, to the time when oil put Drumright on the map.

"I think it's wonderful, because it draws a lot of attention to a small community," Rhodes, a Drumright native, said.

For Kathy Rhodes and her daughters Becky and Beth, the murals bring back fond memories and remind them of their roots.

"It's important to come back to where you grew up and kind of keep that history," Stoabs said.

The first mural was painted in Drumright back in 1941 and over the years, the city just kept adding more and more. Everyone has a favorite, and a fondness for a small reward for getting off the interstate to learn a little something about Oklahoma's past, from a present day tribute.

"You've got to see the murals. Drumright is a good town, you need to come here," Rhodes said.

"It screams small town U.S.A.," Hardie said.

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