There are countless small towns across Oklahoma that have seen better days. The once-thriving downtown areas have given way to modern trends. Merchants have to compete with bigger stores, new generations are moving away from family businesses, and old buildings are falling apart when nobody is left to care for the upkeep.

The Main Street that runs through these small towns is becoming less charming and more of an eye sore until this new trend started popping up.

KZCD-FM logo
Get our free mobile app

In the last few years, in a very few handful of small Oklahoma towns, I've noticed that people are putting up window wraps that have photo-realistic prints on them that harken back to the glory days of small-town life in Oklahoma.

So instead of driving through town looking at a mess like this...


These films can show onlookers a glimpse back into a building's prime like this...


It's insanely cool and looks great backlit at night. Let's hope this catches on. Honestly, I'd bet you can think of at least one downtown area that could use a little shot of confidence and pride again.

Notorious Oklahoma Speed Traps to Avoid

From the random single towns in certain areas to the unrelenting ticketing smorgasbord that is US-69, here is a rundown of the worst Oklahoma speed traps you'll want to avoid in your travels.

Keep in mind that this isn't every speed trap in Oklahoma. 55% of all Oklahoma towns generate at least 10% of their municipal revenue... These are just the overachievers.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

Sundown Towns of Oklahoma

Even long after the Civil War ended slavery, the deep-seated resentment and hatred of black Americans lived on. While we have thought of and been taught the concept of segregation was primarily a Southern US thing, the stakes were even higher across Texas and Oklahoma.

"Sundown Towns" were whites-only settlements where the local politics and laws served as a warning to (mainly) African Americans traveling through the area. While history has been whitewashed to make it seem less intense, lynching was a common practice toward those not welcome who remained in an Oklahoma Sundown Town after sunset. Only the settlements that still exist are listed below.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

Oklahoma's Top-Ten Most Dangerous Cities

While some of Oklahoma's most dangerous cities may not be a total shocker, there are some real surprises on this Top Ten list.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

Oklahoma's Most Liberal Cities

Politics in Oklahoma seem to make headlines every election cycle. We're known as "the most conservative state" in the nation, but the reality doesn't always reflect that. By the statistics, when you see how voters vote, the Sooner State is split pretty evenly right up the middle-ish. While every county is majority Republican, here are the "most liberal" cities in the state.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

More From KZCD-FM