The Oklahoma area was once considered Indian Territory due to the "Trail of Tears" Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced Native Americans off their homelands where they relocated to Oklahoma. Between 1840 and 1855 missionaries preached to large groups of Indians, which spurred a Cherokee branch in 1855, and Lehi & Nephi branches in 1858. The Civil War disrupted missionary work and a lot of converts left for Utah. Several attempts at establishing the Mormon church continued from 1877 to 1883, when the mission was formally recognized. Tracts in the Cherokee language were printed, which helped further teachings among the Indians. Spencer W. Kimballs father, Andrew, once presided over this mission in 1885. A branch was originally established in 1911, but later dissolved and wasn't re-established until 1960 in Gore, OK. Oklahomians, especially those from Indian heritage, were ecstatic to find out a temple would be built in Yukon. This is the only temple in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City, or OKC, has a rich native and cowboy heritage and it does get very hot in the summer a lot of times over 100 degrees. There are no shortage of museums and if you prefer to get out of the heat while viewing exhibits telling stories of the past, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a very well-done museum with world-class art and artifacts. The Museum of Osteology invites you see over 300 skeletons and learn all about the effect motion has on skeletons. A small museum showcasing 13 fire trucks is found at Oklahoma State Firefighter's Museum. The 45th Infantry Division Museum is a free museum taking you through the history of the creation and disbandment of the 45th Infantry Division that fought in World War II and the Korean War. Outside and inside gardens along with water features and many types of plants and flowers can be viewed at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Start your day off with a cracked to order omelet from Jimmy's Egg Restaurant,. Then, head over to Kitchen 324 for a fresh, creative take on a chicken pot pie. For a nice dinner, try Redrock Canyon Grill, where you can have grilled tenderloin, rotisserie meats or platters with a Mexican twist. If you're really in the mood for some Mexican favorites, Yucatan Taco Stand is a great place to go. Middle Eastern/Lebanese specialties won't get much better than the ones you'll find at Nunu's Mediterranean Cafe.