It’s too bad First Capital Trolley only does historic tours on Saturdays; it’s a great way to get acquainted with the city and its history. The recorded narrative is easy to hear and understand and the stories are fascinating (and almost all true).
In addition to passing historic buildings like the Guthrie Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and the site of the meeting of the first Oklahoma legislature, you’ll go through some interesting residential areas.
Architecture in Guthrie spans a number of decades. You’ll see Victorian painted ladies (including mirror twin houses), craftsman cottages, shotgun structures, grand mansions, even a Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike.
You’ll also get the low-down on the political fighting and maneuvering to keep or move the capital. You’ll hear how early residents populated the bare prairie with trees. And you’ll hear about parties and the first canned olives served in town (unless they’ve gotten fancy and changed their stories). When you get off the trolley, you’ll know a lot more about Guthrie than many of its residents.