Skywatch Friday – Oklahoma City Walk


My last post was about a wedding we went to, this is about the day after.

I wake up earlier than everybody else and sure I drink coffee and read the paper but I like to get outside and I didn’t feel like running so I went geocaching.


A simple type geocache is a skirtlifter. Located on the skirt on a parking lot light. There were two close to our hotel so off I went to find them.


The caches have little paper logs that you sign to prove that you were there and also a separate web page that you “log” to show the world that you found it. Check out for more info.


Some of the containers are pretty small. Plus under one of the caches I spotted a black widow spider.


Who would of thought that high rise apartments in Oklahoma City would be around enough to need renovation.


You are saying, “Hey this a Skywatch post, where is the sky?” Right here, behind this architectual gem. I don’t know whether this is mid century modern or Googie or what but I think it is beautiful. It is also empty, but seems well cared for. I love those arches with the cables. I am thinking this used to be a bank.


This is the back side of what I think is a bank. I don’t know about you, but I really think they should install more lighting. Eleven lights is just not enough.


And this building is a special place. This is Founders Tower and there is a restaurant at the top that rotates and that is where Heather and I had our first date back in the 80’s. It was called the Eagles Nest then and now it is called 3sixty restaurant and bar. We had a great time. Or at least I did.

It is also and office building. The oil and gas industry at a certain level is almost a barter economy. You have geologists, landmen, and reservoir engineers who will work for an interest in a well rather than cash. Lots of those guys used to have offices here.  That was back in the day when you could drill a vertical Redfork well in the Anadarko basin for “only” $1.5 million. Nobody does that any more. Now to drill and frack a horizontal Woodford Shale, or STACK, or SCOOP or other shale well is going to cost you $10 million. I have had customers with a straight face tell me about “pilot projects”  with seventy such wells.

The technology invoved used to be almost generic but now the players keep their secrets very closely held. I am out of the game a little bit now but I wonder how the barter economy has survived. As Alan Jackson says, “the big money has come to town” or something like that.


And then back to the hotel. Notice the pedestrian friendly streets in Oklahoma City. I’ve always loved Oklahoma City for its pioneering boom and bust attitude.

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17 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Oklahoma City Walk

  1. Driller's Place

    Great set of images here. After reading the definitions, I think the little bank is more in the Googie wing of modern architecture than pure mid-century. Almost all of the automobiles of the mid-fifties to early sixties would fall into the “Googie” school of design. Obviously the term “Mid-Century” was given long after the work was done. It was all modern when it was built.
    Like you, I am usually the early riser in the family. That gives me an opportunity to grab the camera and go on a photo walk before the rest of the crew are awake. I can also sneak down to Quick Trip and grab one of those legendary maple Long Johns. Have a blessed week.

  2. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wonderful variety of photos ~ all very lovely ~ like the last one the best and the geocaching
    you do fascinates me except for the black widow spider ~ LOL

    A ShutterBug Explores aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Peter

    Skirtlifter?? LOL at that one. I do like the look of that tower, and cool that you have such wonderful memories with your wife at that location.

  4. Amy

    I’ve heard about geocaching, a friend does it in Wales and we’ve been trying to find places around here but without success so far.

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