RoadTripOK: Ep 18 – Idabel & Hugo OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK

RoadTripOK: Ep 18 – Idabel & Hugo OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK


– [Narrator] Today we’re
headed to Idabel and Hugo where we’ll visit a museum,
eat some great food, and play with some elephants. (thumping techno music) This is the Oklahoma Road Trip. From Ida Red in Tulsa,
the team heads south toward Idabel. Our first stop of the day is
the Museum of the Red River. This museum was established
in 1974 and is home to an incredible replica casting of Oklahoma’s state dinosaur,
the Acrocanthosaurus. – First, we’re the largest
facility in 150 miles. We have a huge collection, 35,000 pieces and we’re growing all the time. We also have the state
dinosaur, but this one was actually found about
10 miles north of here, in Broken Bow, right on the river there, and it was the most complete
that’s ever been found of the Acrocanthosaurus. And so, so many people come in,
and they’re like, “Oh yeah, “we’ve always heard
about it but we’ve never “come in and seen it!” And I’m like well, yeah, you
need to come all the time because, I mean, it’s an
awesome claim to fame. It’s awesome that it was found here by two locals nonetheless,
and so it’s just an awesome piece of history and prehistory that we found here that you
wouldn’t find anywhere else. Now we do have a huge
collection we just started on Native American artifact
pieces. We have artifacts from six continents, and
then of course we do have a large collection of
Native American pottery and Native American baskets,
and things like that. So we do have a little bit
of a focus but we’re also very broad in the sense
of, yes, we have one space dedicated to just this, but
you can also see everything from all over the world. (rhythmic music) – [Narrator] After exploring
the Museum of the Red River, the team heads to Hugo. In the early 1900s, Hugo
was home to its own thriving entertainment industry, as
everyone from rodeo greats to circus performers
settled in the area to take advantage of the mild winters
and booming railway system. But more on that later. The town is also home to
our next stop of the day, El Pueblito, a Mexican
restaurant that offers guests a wide variety of Tex-Mex
and traditional options. – Alright, we made it to
El Pueblito here in Hugo. We’re gonna eat some lunch. What’d you order, Daniel? – I got the Guadalajara Special,
after our fearless leader, Jason Burks. That’s where he’s from. Ask him about it sometime. – They give not only
complimentary salsa, but queso! Who does that? – I got some quesadillas,
cheese quesadillas and some beans and rice on this rainy day. – That was actually one
of the best taco salads I’ve ever had. – Boy I tell you what, those
were some primo tamales, I am very satisfied! – [Narrator] From El
Pueblito, the team turns east to our final stop of the day,
the Endangered Ark Foundation. – So we are here at the
Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma. I’m here’ with Addie and
with, what is this amazing elephant’s name? – This is Delrita, she’s in her 40s. She’s almost 9,000 pounds. – Oh my gosh! – So we have the second-largest
herd of Asian elephants in the United States.
We have 11 on property. So you’ll be able to come on our tours, be able to feed some
elephants, interact with them, after you get an educational
presentation from me or one of our other handlers here. And so once we’re done
educating, we jump on some of our wagons and we take
you down to the wooded area. We have a two hundred acre
facility that we provide for elephants, and we’ll
be able to show you how they enjoy the trees,
how they enjoy grazing. We’re gonna talk about
two elephants that you’re gonna get ready to
feed, get elphy-selfies, pet them all over, get up
close and personal with them. We have people coming from
Montana, from Seattle, from Boston, coming just
to see our facility. There’s not a lot of
places in the United States they can interact with an
elephant, so we accommodate everybody, and we have our
holiday tours coming up as well, so we’re really excited for that. Our holiday weekends are
gonna be the first two weekends of December. So Dorey Miller started
this place with 54 elephants in his circus, but when
the elephants would go out and perform, he would
actually take a portion of the money that they earned to set aside for their retirement. Now that they’re running out
of their retirement money, we’re opening up for donations
to keep this place going. The best way to find us is on our website, EndangeredArkFoundation.org. – Oh! (laughing) Oh my gosh, wow! I didn’t expect it to feel like that! – [Cameraman] I want to pet her! – I want you guys… Oh darn, I just got snotted on! – [Cameraman] Ha ha! That’s awesome! (laughing) – Want one? Let her eat, oh! – [Cameraman] That’s so cool! – Whoa, I bet that trunk
weighs more than I do! – This is the only thing
in the world that probably eats more than me! (rhythmic upbeat music) – [Narrator] On today’s Road Trip we enjoyed some of the fun and history that the Idabel and
Hugo area has to offer. First, we visited the
Museum of the Red River. This museum is home to
Oklahoma’s state dinosaur, the Acrocanthosaurus, as well as a variety of other artifacts from around the world. The Museum of the Red River is free and open to the public,
Tuesday through Sunday. Next, we enjoyed a delicious
lunch at El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant in Hugo. Everything we tried was
amazing, but we definitely recommend the tamales
and their taco salad. Finally, we made our way to
the Endangered Ark Foundation. Visitors travel from far and wide to visit one of the largest
herds of Asian elephants in the United States. These elephants can be
seen in public tours as well as private events. And the Foundation is run
entirely off of donations, which can be made at
EndangeredArkFoundation.org. Join us next time on
the Oklahoma Road Trip, where we’ll explore the
beautiful Lake Murray State Park and eat some fried pies and ribs in Davis. We’ll see you then! (electric guitar rock music)

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