The Oklahoma Exhibit maintains a natural, outdoor theme emphasizing
the water development of the State, the industrial potential,
the recreational advantages and the warm natural qualities of
the Oklahoma people. The entire site is landscaped to be representative
of Oklahoma and includes redbud trees and mistletoe. Many plants
and shrubs were specially grown in Oklahoma prior to transplanting
them at the Fair.
In the Lake area of the Oklahoma exhibit two small ponds empty
over a series of waterfalls into a large quiet lake. A complicated
system of valves and recirculating pumps give the effect of constant
water-movement in the area.
Topographic Map: The focal exhibit is a 100-foot long
topographic map of the state of Oklahoma. It is located in the
center of the site and is placed in a sunken pit surrounded by
a guard rail, to allow better visibility on the part of the viewer.
The map is constructed of molded polyester materials and depicts
the natural terrain of the state, the water development program,
the highway and turnpike network and the larger cities. Elaborate
animated models, exaggerated out of size are located at various
points over the map to add greater interest and to help tell
specific stores about the state: its existing industries, its
industrial potential, its recreational advantages, its outdoor
life, its western heritage and its progress in every area of
modern living. The models are animated by a mechanism beneath
the map. Additional photographic exhibits touch on the history
of Oklahoma, its cultural development, its educational facilities,
its architectural strides and its people.
The Oklahoma exhibit utilizes three natural shelters, architecturally
designed, which provide administrative quarters, reception areas,
storage space and concession sales area, a general shelter for
the public, and public drinking fountains and restrooms. Two
other shelters, near the main entrance to the exhibit, feature
a covered walkway leading to a bandshell overlooking the large
lake. A series of outdoor art exhibits, by ranking Oklahoma artists
are shown in certain outdoor areas of the exhibit. As a change
of pace, special photographic exhibits of Oklahoma architecture,
photography and museum collections are shown in these same areas.
Concourse of Flags: Surrounding the contour map is
a concourse of 14 historical flags which have flown over the
Sooner State since the discovery of the New World. Three poles
near the topographic map bear the flags of the United States,
the State of Oklahoma, and the World's Fair.
A restaurant offers the visitor picnic lunches of chicken,
shrimp or fish, priced from 99c to $1.39. Visitors can enjoy
this food at attractive umbrella tables, benches or under numerous
shade trees throughout the entire exhibit. Sitting on the grass
is encouraged while enjoying picnic lunches or concerts by Oklahoma
college and high school bands, choirs, and folk singers.
Oklahoma's outstanding college men act as staff members, guides,
and hosts at the exhibit