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Giraffe buildings unique to this neck of the woods


August 25, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Buildings in Tahlequah offer a variety of architectural styles, and one that calls to mind an exotic animal may be unfamiliar to residents outside of the Ozarks area.

Giraffe houses boast a certain claim to fame, but there are also public buildings with this stonework, which resembles the colors and patterns of a giraffe.

"It's native sandstone," said historian Beth Herrington. "The materials were readily and cheaply available."

The rock was abundant in the Ozark Mountains area, so these structures can be found throughout the region. Herrington, who was born in 193...

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