Norman's newest bed and breakfast, Prairie Crossing, is located in a historic home in the colorful college town. How historic?
According to Jen Tregarthen, marketing and public relations manager with the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau, it was built in 1896, seven years after the state Land Run. The University of Oklahoma was but 6 years old. Just four blocks from the college, it stands on Boyd Street, named after OU's first president, David Ross Boyd.
Dale and Betsy Bishop own Prairie Crossing, which opened earlier this year. They say the property apparently underwent remodeling in 1930, but they don't have much history on the home.
And not for a lack of trying.
"We've searched old pictures of Norman and have never found it," the Bishops say. "When we remodeled, there were newspapers for insulation. There was an 1897 paper with a society page article that mentioned several of the wives of professors at the time, and the wife of President Boyd."
Tregarthen says the Cleveland County Historical Society has no further information on the property, either.
Regardless, the Bishops have spruced up Prairie Crossing with a new look inside that pays tribute to its rustic roots. Rooms feature such comfy elements as a fireplace, memory foam mattress, flat-screen TV, Jacuzzi and refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages. A French door leads to a spacious deck, where the Bishops say guests can hear the cheers of Sooner fans on game days.