Recently I was lucky enough to talk to two tourists traveling from Arizona to Florida who decided to stop in Pawhuska. My first stop was 'Pawhuska is NOT on the way in between'. I asked them what brought them here and they replied 'We wanted to see Ree Drummond's building'.
After some discussion, they asked where to stay and what else there was to see and do in the area. I gave my usual list of the amazing surprises that Pawhuska has to share, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, John Free statues, Immaculate Conception Church, Osage Tribal Museum and so on (I'm a big fan of Pawhuska, so it is a long list).
The next day, they stopped by the gallery for more ideas, and I asked how much time they had. They informed me they had decided to stay another night because they were amazed by the beauty and diversity of the Osage. So again I recomended a few more places to go, Woolaroc, the Historical Museum and Osage Hills State Park.
Next morning they stopped by the gallery happy and beaming. "How did you enjoy you're stay" I asked. They were amazed by all they had experienced and seen here. The beauty, the culture and the history. They then told me that they had already made plans to return next year.
Pawhuska and Osage County is a hidden gem, waiting for discovery...as often as I tell people if it's beauty and enchantment, I can't really explain it. To quote someone I talked to about this yesterday, you can't describe the Osage, or tell about it...You Have to Experience It.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery