Soddy on the Prairie
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enlarge |Artist: Wayne
Sponsor: Kerr Foundation
Size: 6' x 10'
Type: Oil on Canvas
Early pioneer life in a sod
house is depicted in this painting by artist Wayne Cooper.
Sod houses such as these dotted the landscape in western
Oklahoma after the land run. Here, a pioneer woman tends
to her chickens while everyday homesteading life goes on
behind her. The wash pot and wood axe in the foreground
symbolize the harshness of life on the windswept prairie.
Sod houses were cool in summer
and easy to heat in winter. They were never expected to last
very many years since sod is highly susceptible to damage
from the elementsespecially wind, rain and temperature
extremes. But the sod did furnish a readily available, cheap
The only remaining sod house in
Oklahoma is located at Aline, Oklahoma and is preserved and
protected by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
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of The Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund,
Inc. and the artist. Please contact Sandra Shelton at 521-5663
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