A Trek Across the American Frontier
In autumn 1832, author Washington Irving embarked on a month-long journey through Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. We would like to invite you along on the intrepid adventure he took with his motley crew. Your tour guide, Julia Brady Ratliff, will direct you along the path and sights as we follow Irving’s footsteps. With direct quotes from Irving and his crew, we will revisit the experiences he wrote about in his book, A Tour on the Prairies. Perhaps you will see some of the same plants, insects, trees and animals, prairies and forests. Imagine the accounts from the book come alive as you travel around modern day Oklahoma. Washington Irving saw a West that has disappeared forever, yet one that still exists. What will you find on your pilgrimage when you embark on A 21st Century Tour on the Prairies?
A 21st Century Tour on the Prairies
Introduction — Who was Washington Irving? Why did he come west? What was it like in Oklahoma in 1832?
Stage 1 — Fort Gibson to Bixby
Stage 2 — Bixby to Sand Springs
Stage 3 — Sand Springs to Washington Irving Trail Museum in Ripley
Stage 4 — Washington Irving Trail Museum to Edmond
Stage 5 — Arcadia to Norman
Stage 6 — Tecumseh to Fort Gibson
Ever After & Bibliography — What happened afterward?
More About the Crew
More About the Sights
Plaques you will find along the 21st Century Tour of the Prairies.
Friends for a Day, Senate Artwork at the Oklahoma Capitol. See what Irving and Pourtalès wrote when meeting Mr. Manhattan, as depicted in the painting.
The Tour Continues
- Muskogee County
- Wagoner County
- Tulsa County
- Pawnee County
- Payne County
- Logan County
- Oklahoma County
- Cleveland County
- Pottawatomie County
- Okfuskee County
- Okmulgee County
View A Tour on the Prairies by Washington Irving online.