Apparently, Oklahoma City is the nation's headquarters for pigeon racing, and there are also quite a few pigeon breeders around as well. Who knew that pigeons were such a big deal here? I love finding quirky museums and places and discovering random facts about history, so I really enjoyed our trip.
The American Pigeon Museum is small, comprised of three main rooms. When we entered, the curator showed us a short movie that explained the history of pigeons (where I discovered that pigeons are descendants from the rock dove, columba livia). Then, the curator brought a pigeon out for us to hold. As I held Elvis (the pigeon), I marveled at how calming this experience was. Some people like to keep dogs, cats, or fish as pets to help them achieve a calm state, but honestly, what about pigeons? There are people who own pigeons as pets, and the curator said that sometimes, they take the pigeons to nursing homes. These creatures are gentle enough that small children can hold them, too. As I held Elvis, I started to see why pigeons are a big deal for some folks. Petting the smooth feathers and listening to the gentle cooing was so peaceful-I could have held that pigeon for a great length of time. It was wonderful!
|Such a fancy pigeon! But where is your face?|
|Ah, there it is!|
|This pigeon was looking quite dapper.|
|A pigeon with curly feathers!|
|The row of pigeons!|
|Author Flanner O'Connor owned|
peacocks, but I think it would be
so, so epic to own fantail pigeons.
Seriously, those tails are the best!
Plus, who doesn't want to hold pigeons?
|Baby, meet the pigeon. |
Pigeon, meet Baby.