DURANT, Okla. — Cross the Texas border into Oklahoma on U.S. 75, and you’ll immediately see Amish furniture stores and peanut shops where you can score homemade brittle.
Drive another 15 minutes, and you’re in the land of magnolias: Durant, the Magnolia Capital of Oklahoma, so recognized by the state’s legislature in 1999. Driving through town, you’ll see the stately evergreens, which will probably be in full bloom by the time you read this. An entire block of them sit on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus. There are even two houses that call themselves Magnolia House, one a private residence and the other the college president’s home.
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