JFK Memorial.

JFK Dedicates Last Stretch of US 259

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Big Cedar, Oklahoma

President Kennedy's untimely death prompted the creation of a lot of JFK-was-here tributes. This one may be the loneliest of all: a bronze face of the martyred President at the top of a tall granite slab, marking his appearance in Ouachita National Forest in October 1961 to open the final stretch of US Highway 259.

The monument appears to have once had its own parking area, but it's now used as a supply dump for concrete highway barriers and piles of wintertime road grit. Don't worry, there are still plenty of places to park; you will probably be the only visitor.

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JFK Dedicates Last Stretch of US 259

US Hwy 259

Address:
Big Cedar, OK
Directions:
In Ouachita National Forest, 24 miles south of Heavener or 57 miles north of Broken Bow. At the intersection of US Hwy 259 and Hwy 63, on the southwest corner.
Admission:
Free
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