People who've visited the museum in the past will recall the boardwalk, a series of old storefronts in the main gallery. One of these, the General Store, bore a close resemblance to the Council Saddle Shop in Lawton. Howard Council, the owner-operator of the shop, was well-known among competitive calf-ropers (and many others) as a custom saddlemaker.
When the museum began planning the renovation, one of the local interest stories we wanted to highlight was Howard Council. Before his death, he knew of our plans to remodel the old General Store as the Council Saddle Shop. One of the icons of the shop was the fiberglass horse perched on the overhang above the front door.
Today, with his widow, Genevieve, and other members of the family in attendance, the horse was removed from the shop and transported to the museum. This--and many others items from Howard's store--will become a part of the Council Saddle Shop exhibit at the Museum of the Great Plains.
Many thanks to Terry Shaw and Monkey Biz of Lawton for providing the equipment and expertise to dismount the horse!
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