Washington Irving

Washington Irving (HM286C)

Location: Bixby, OK 74008 Tulsa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 57.789', W 95° 53.308'

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Washington Irving was one of America's greatest writers and is considered the "Father of the American Short Story." He is best known for THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, in which Ichabod Crane meets the neadless horseman, and RIP VAN WINKLE, which is about a man who falls asleep for 20 years. Both works are contained in THE SKETCH-BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT., published in 1819.

Washington Irving (named after George Washington) had many interests, including writing, architecture and landscape design, traveling and diplomacy. However, he is best known as the first American to make a living solely from writing.

After many years of travel and life in Europe, he returned to America to establish his home in Tarrytown, New York, which he called Sunnyside Manor. This outdoor amphitheatre replicates the front of Sunnyside.

In search of new exciting writing material, Irving joined the Ellsworth-Bean government expedition to the American West, which included a 31-day, 350-mile circular tour of central Oklahoma. In mid-October 1832, he camped in the area which is now Bixby, Oklahoma.

The book which resulted from this expedition, A TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES, can be considered standard fare for students of Oklahoma history. A TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES, ASTORIA and THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE were the first three popular books about the West in American literature. Irving also wrote a five-volume history of George Washington (LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON).

"I was always found of visiting new scenes and

observing strange characters and manners. Even when a mere child, I began my travels and made many tours of discovery into foreign parts and unknown regions of my native city...". Introduction to THE SKETCH-BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
HM NumberHM286C
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Date Added Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 239513 N 3983719
Decimal Degrees35.96315000, -95.88846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 57.789', W 95° 53.308'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 57' 47.34" N, 95° 53' 18.48" W
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Area Code(s)918
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fry Creek Trail, Bixby OK 74008, US
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