The Western Normal College
The Western Normal College that sprang up in the northwest parts of Oklahoma Territory around 1893 or so, inspired this poem written by the Pilgrim Bard (Scott Cummins), Pg. 39 - Musings of the Pilgrim Bard.
Look ye! once that hill was bare,
Sunset rested on a prairie;
Short the space since buffalo
O'er the spot grazed to and fro;
Has Alladin's lamp and fairy
Caused the change so wondrous there?
Look ye! once upon that hill
Stood the roving red man's tepee;
There at pow-wow and at dance
Roasted dog was served perchance;
Squaws and bucks, in blankets creepy,
Sought repose when all was still.
Gone, the shaggy bison wild --
Gone poor "Lo," his business busted;
Far away the gray wolf's yell
Of the past the funeral knell;
Farmers, with the east disgusted,
Claim the place of nature's child.
Look ye! towering o'er yon slope
Stands a monument of knowledge;
Thing of beauty, massive, grand,
builded by skilled workman's hand --
Alva's Western Normal college,
Nucleus of our country's hope.
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