Surrey With the Fringe on Top - Claremore, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 36° 18.688 W 095° 36.680
15S E 265551 N 4021660
Quick Description: This surrey is the original one constructed for the production of "Oklahoma".
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 4/8/2015 1:45:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMNNFE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Claremore, OK is the home of Lynn Riggs (1899-1954), a poet and playright whose play Green Grow the Lilacs was adapted to the Broadway play Oklahoma! in 1943. The play was performed 2,212 times and was later made into the Rodgers and Hammerstein film of the same name in 1955.

The surrey is on display in the Claremore Museum of History, and commemorates Lynn Riggs and his literary work. The setting for the play was the Claremore, OK area and Claremore has been placed on the Literary Landmarks Registry.

The surrey is a two-seater, with the coach painted white with brown leather seats. The spokes of the four wheels are painted bright yellow. A sign on the surrey indicates it is from the Broadway production Oklahoma; however, a website for the Lynn Riggs Memorial indicates it was the surrey used in the 1955 film. The surrey was featured prominently in the story with the well-known song lyrics:

Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry
When I take you out in the surrey,
When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top!
Watch that fringe and see how it flutters
When I drive them high steppin' strutters.
Nosey pokes'll peek thru' their shutters and their eyes will pop!
The wheels are yeller, the upholstery's brown,
The dashboard's genuine leather,
With isinglass curtains y' can roll right down,
In case there's a change in the weather.
Two bright sidelight's winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer rig I'm a-thinkin'
You c'n keep your rig if you're thinkin' 'at I'd keer to swap
Fer that shiny, little surrey with the fringe on the top!

Type and Quantity:
One two-seater surrey


Opening Hours:
Daily 10:00-5:00


Admission Fee: No

On-line Documentation: [Web Link]

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