Mr. Marland, the migrant / El migrante Sr. Marland

E.W. Marland came from another state and established his residence in Ponca City, Oklahoma, from all the places, in the early 20th century. Much later, I followed Marland’ footsteps

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Marland Mansion, Ponca City, Oklahoma (2004) .

(English version follows below) Por qué nos mudamos de la cosmopolita Toronto a Ponca City, este pueblo obsesionado con la religión, en el medio de Oklahoma? Es una pregunta que mi esposa nunca dejará de hacerme. La respuesta parece esconderse en la Mansión Marland, el palacio florentino construido por E.W. Marland en las praderas de Oklahoma. Marland mismo venía de otras tierras y estableció su residencia en Ponca a principios del siglo XX. Marland vino aquí atraído por la promesa de un bienestar económico y una fortuna petrolera. Yo vine siguiendo los pasos de Marland, muchos años después. No construí un palacete italiano ni me hice rico pero la familia tuvo una vida decente. Ponca City y nosotros eramos una pareja dispareja. Ponca fue generosa con nosotros -hasta cierto punto- y nosotros fuimos generosos con Ponca -en la misma medida*

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What drove us to move from cosmopolitan Toronto to Ponca City, a small religion-obsessed town in the middle of Oklahoma? That’s a question that my wife will never cease to ask me. Some clues though are hidden within the walls of Marland Mansion, the florentine palace built for E.W. Marland in the Oklahoma prairies. Marland himself came from another state and established his residence in Ponca City, from all the places, in the early 20th century. He came here attracted by the lures of oil fortunes. I, on the other hand, followed Marland’ footsteps. I did not build a mansion or became rich but the family lead a decent life. Ponca City and us became kind of an odd couple. Ponca was generous to us -to some extent- and we were generous to Ponca -by the same measure*

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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