Scenes from the streets of Yukon
John C. McCornack
Yukon is a wonderful town
Why, I was there not long ago
It started small like all towns
But continued to flourish and
Its west of Oklahoma
And in the middle is Route 66
It began as a Czech farming
Growing larger and more
It has everything within the
That anyone would want or
I think its always exciting
A town grows just like a fertile
The heritage of Yukon
Means a lot to the population
They celebrate with much
Why, thats nearly a
Celebrities are grown in
Along with grain and flour as
Its a very impressive town
And perfect for a family to
So if you havent been to
Put it at the top of your travel
A great town with friendly
Not a place that should be
Marilyn Lott © 2007-
It was supposed to have been the next Oklahoma boomtown.
A railroad was on the way and folks had named the place Frisco. But instead
of the Frisco, it was the Choctaw-Oklahoma-and-Gulf, later known as the Rock
Island, that laid tracks between El Reno and Oklahoma City. And the tracks
didn't even go through Frisco, they missed it by about three miles to the
Since the trains weren't going to be stopping in Frisco,
nobody would be either. With no new people coming in the town would soon
die so folks already living there decided to pack up homes. They literally
jacked up their houses, their barns and their stores and moved down here
to where the railroad was, a new town they decided to call Yukon after a
river in a new territory called Alaska. A place they'd heard was full of
gold. What better place to name their town after they thought than a place
where fortunes were being made because that's the same dream all of those
people had here.
More Yukon History
Yukon, Oklahoma, Is a thriving community directly west
of Oklahoma City. With Interstate 40 on our south border, and old Route 66
cutting right through the middle, Yukon is the heart of the Main Street Of
America. Yukon has grown from a Czech farming community to a thriving suburban
city. It boast an interesting and varied heritage, and is also home to two
favorite sons-Country music star Garth Brooks and Cowboy actor Dale Robertson.
Founded on a site overlooking the North Canadian River
bottomlands, Yukon had its beginning with the filing of property deeds by
founder A.N. Spencer in January, 1891. The post office opened on March 28th,
and the railroad arrived at the end of April. the population was 81. The
little farming community grew up around the Yukon Flour Mill, A Route 66
landmark that still stands. Following building booms in the 1960's and the
1990's, the Yukon area has grown to a population over 40,000, making it the
largest city in Canadian County, and a direct neighbor of Oklahoma
THE TOWN CALLED YUKON
I'll tell you a tale of a time long ago
When I was a lad and the streets I could
Walked a long the railroad tracks as day was
Here are some things that I know...
The town was called Yukon, a great town to
The people were friendly, with hearts made of
Now when I remember, my heart glows with pride
Of days long ago...long ago.
We had a town depot oh, how I recall
The times folks were waiting the trains to come
Marines, soldiers, sailors, were lovers or
The town didn't care, they were still welcomed
The gals that would gather to wait by the
Wore can-cans and ribbons and laces galore
They'd giggle and wait patiently for their
To return from a war ...from a war..
The whistle would blow and the train it would
The door then would open and the crew would step
Then soldiers and sailors would all come to
We all would salute them and smile as they
This was the Yukon of long, long ago.
Yukons Top 10
1) Czech Capital of Oklahoma
2) Historical Chisholm Trail area
3) Route 66 town
4) Large grain elevators
5) Historical home of "Yukon's Best"
6) Tornado alley, wide open spaces, south
7) Garth Brooks hometown
8) Express Ranches with Clydesdales horses
9) Chisholm Trail Shopping Center & Spanish Cove
10) John McCornacks Web Pages
Grain elevator ~ flour mill
Country folks are interesting to
It must be the air fresh and pure
Trains bring many people from cities
The clean life-style is quite an allure.
M. I. Lusby
What is a
Great question - that sweet red blotch inside
a tart green olive has always been a puzzler.
To answer part one of your question, we headed
straight for our Home Cooking category, where one of the links gave us the
Pimiento: a large, red, heart-shaped sweet pepper
that measures 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. The flesh of the
pimiento (the Spanish word for "pepper") is sweet, succulent and more aromatic
than that of the red bell pepper... Pimientos are the familiar red stuffing
found in green olives.
Armed with a new appreciation for sweet peppers,
tried to find the answer to the second part of your question. We couldn't
find a specific reason as to where or why the practice of stuffing olives
with pimentos started, but we did find some interesting facts about olives
that may hint at a reason.
First, Spain leads the world in olive production,
followed by Italy and Portugal. Since "pimento" is a Spanish word, we're
guessing maybe they started the pimento practice. That answers the where,
now for the why.
All freshly picked olives, no matter how ripe,
have a vile, intensely bitter taste. In order to make them palatable, they
must be pickled. Since pimentos are sweet and indigenous to the Mediterranean,
it's easy to imagine an innovative farmer or chef way back when thinking
they would make the perfect neutralizer to the olive's natural acidity. After
all, aren't the best dishes created with ingredients most readily
Memories of the good times
My Grandpa in his wheat field
I was driving truck No. 2
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