Enid, Oklahoma - Ron Bailey

Enid, Oklahoma, USA, is also known as the wheat capital of the United States for its enormous grain storage capacity, which is the third largest grain storage capacity in the world. One of my favorites is the 'Equity' storage facility. It is huge.

The two structures were built 1949-1954, and when finished they were the single largest grain storage facility in the world, boasting a capacity of more than 31 million bushels of grain.

There are numerous other grain storage facilities in and around Enid, with some having been abandoned for decades. Within the city limits of Enid, most of the terminals are in the Enid Terminal Grain Elevators Historic District, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are too many terminals to count around the area, and all make for interesting images.

Vance Air Force Base is also a part of Enid and is a training base for pilots. Believe it or not, officials at Vance say that it is the second-busiest airport in the entire world! I don't doubt it, as the sky is always full of jets and fighter trainers constantly buzzing, flying in formations and practicing different approaches, attacks, etc. The planes below were installed at the visitor center at Vance in 2011. They were used as trainers over the years.

You can find many more interesting facts, trivia and myth about Enid, Oklahoma here. One 'fact' that you will find is that many residents say they have proof that John Wilkes Booth lived in Enid until the early 1900's when he took his own life. If you know history, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. It it's fishing you are after, or just a place to relax, Meadowlake Park is where you want to be. Although, long-time residents advise against eating the fish you catch in the lake. Just saying. :)

No matter where you drive near Enid, you'll see old windmills, some still pumping water and others just remembering the good old days.






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