Oklahoma Moons and the Osage Prairie
A Heritage of Cowboys, Indians & Music
4 Days | Aug 18-21, 2020 or April 19-22, 2021
Starting At $449.00
We offer two departures of this special tour, the first is August when Sunflowers, Goldenrod and Blue Sage spread over the vast prairies, then in April when Johnny-Jump-ups, Prairie Iris and Spring Beauties burst forth and blossom toward summer. This package explores the History & Heritage of Oklahoma, her early Natives, her Cowboys and Musicians. It capitalizes on interest in “The Pioneer Woman” cooking show and coming movie “Killers of the Flower Moon” – both shows will help you fill a bus.
Per Person Prices:
$429 Triple … $419 Quad … $599 Single
Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, U S Tours will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 Arrive Claremore, OK – “Oklahoma” and Will Rogers
This evening your group should arrive in Claremore, OK by 5:00pm if you want time to freshen-up at your hotel. All Groups will arrive at the Will Roger’s Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, OK at 6:00pm. On arrival, you’ll find the Chuckwagons are circled and steaks are on the grill. This working Longhorn Cattle Ranch is a historical treat and you can explore the ranch house and grounds at leisure. This western evening not only includes a dinner, but a chance to hear words of wisdom as phrased by native Oklahoma Actor/Politician Will Rogers. Then with the sun setting you find the stage filled with singers and dancers performing a few tunes from the Broadway classic “Oklahoma.” (D)
Day 2 Pawhuska, OK – Ree Drummond Mercantile – Osage Nation Feast & Pow Wow
You will spend this day in Pawhuska, OK, the Official Headquarters of The Osage Nation. This tribe of Native Americans has a history similar to most tribes during America’s Westward Migration, but with one startling unique chapter. Oil was discovered on their land in the 1894 and they quickly became the wealthiest group of people in America. This is a Cinderella story that eventually turns tragic as told in “Killers of The Flower Moon” a best-selling novel that is soon to be a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
Pawhuska is also the home of Ree Drummond “The Pioneer Woman,” a noted food writer and television personality. During your day of sightseeing you will enjoy lunch (included) prepared from her recipes and have a chance to shop in the famous Mercantile. Also included today will be visit to The Osage Nation Museum and the Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum.
During this day you will attend a native woman fashion show where the models walk around the room as the narrator talks about their clothing and why they wear it. There will also be artifacts and jewelry you can buy and opportunities to take pictures with the models.
You will visit the Osage Nation Museum devoted to history, art, and culture. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, this is the oldest tribally owned museum in the U. S.
Oklahoma’s western film history is on display at the Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum. Dedicated to the Oscar-winning actor, this amazing collection features notable Osage County cowboys, cowgirls and western heritage. If you like world-class art, this museum has the largest collection of John D. Free original paintings and bronzes on-site. Also, while you’re here, find out more about the iconic Drummond family; they’ve been ranching in Osage County for over 100 years.
This evening’s main attraction begins with an Osage Storyteller who relates tribal history. That is followed by a traditional Osage Feast featuring authentic menu items such as: Corn Soup w/Pork, Fry Bread, Osage Indian Tacos and Grape Dumplings (prepared by Osage Women). Then enjoy the rhythmic chanting and drums of a heritage music and dance presentation. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Woolly Beasts and Black Gold – Buffalo Dinner – Music of Oklahoma Dinner Finale
This day’s touring features sights in and around nearby Bartlesville, OK related to the discovery of Oil and the magnificence of the American Buffalo. In this small town, we will witness a Gusher as the Nellie Johnstone #1 (Oklahoma’s 1st Oil Well 1897) blows water into the sky replicating oil. Then we discover Bartlesville’s Buffalo Art, there are more than 30 life-size painted buffalo statues scattered about town.
One of today’s highlights will be the 3700 acre Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. Will Rogers said, ‘Of all the places in the U. S. Woolaroc is the most unique.’ It was the country estate of oil baron Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Its name comes from the woods, lakes and rocks. This rustic environment served as a one-of-a-kind entertainment venue. ‘Uncle Frank’ hosted U.S. Presidents, well known business titans, dignitaries, Indians, movie stars, lawmen and outlaws alike on this sprawling ranch. On the grounds you will find a museum with one of the world’s greatest collections of western art, relics and exhibits that tell the alluring story of the American West. You will also find an 1840’s Mountain Man Camp, the Woolaroc Animal Barn, and a herd of Buffalo roaming across the prairie with grasses blowing in the breeze, prairie flowers in bloom.
The first evening you celebrated the legacy of Will Rogers and music from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma.” Last night was the history and culture of the Osage Nation. Tonight, you celebrate with modern Country Music as a local band entertains us after dinner with the music of Oklahoma native’s Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire.
Day 4 – Departure
As the sun climbs above the prairie so your travelers climb the step of your coach and you motor toward home. (B)