Cherokee Trading Post

The oversized sign stands majestically on the westbound side of I-40 in Clinton, Oklahoma at mile marker 71 calling travelers to stop in and take a look at souvenirs and Native American items but the real attraction for this trucker’s wife were the pair of buffalo that call The Cherokee Trading Post their home.

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We have passed by this location a handful of times before and from the roadway, I have seen tiny figures grazing but I have never seen buffalo up close before.

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There is ample truck parking which is always a plus for us.

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The building houses a large variety of Native American collectibles, Oklahoma and route 66 souvenirs as well sparkling displays of silver and turquoise jewelry. But I do have to say, the buffalo were my favorite part.

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While I would rather see buffalo out in the wild (at a safe enough distance, of course), having them behind a fence offered the opportunity for me to get up close and see their enormity.

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The pair (one male and one female) seemed slightly interested in their human visitors, but continued to graze as I softly called to them and complimented their beauty. I chose to stay back from the gate to respect their home but sure wish I could have gotten a photo without the fence between the buffalo and my camera.

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James stood up on a teal painted cement block to try and get a better picture for me. The buffalo came to inspect his intrusion.

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