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The official visitors guide for Northeast Oklahoma's Green Country

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Published by Green Country, Oklahoma, 2019-12-11 15:01:54

2020 Green Country Visitors Guide

The official visitors guide for Northeast Oklahoma's Green Country

Keywords: travel,vacation,green country,northeast oklahoma,visit oklahoma,route 66,Jefferson Highway




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admission Encounter a world of
species at the Tulsa Zoo.
A D U LT S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1 2 Explore Lost Kingdom,
SENIORS 65+ .............................. $10 where snow leopards
CHILDREN 3-11 .......................... $8 and Malayan tigers
CHILDREN 2 & UNDER .............. FREE peek around ruins.
TULSA ZOO MEMBERS ............... FREE Go on safari at Mary

hours K. Chapman Rhino

9 A M - 5 P M DA I LY, Reserve. Hike through
3 6 4 DAYS A Y E A R the Rainforest, then
Closed Christmas day. relax at Helmerich
Sea Lion Cove.


6421 E 36TH St North • Tulsa • (918) 669-6600

With water a plenty and skies of blue,

is waiting for you.

This is Green Country. The following pages will whisk you along the highways and byways of Oklahoma’s Green Country. You’ll visit back-
in-time places, treasured, historic places and down-right fun places. Is it the destination or the journey, either way, enjoy the ride!

Located in Northeastern Oklahoma, our region is from I-35 and Ponca City on the west to the state line on the east and from Lake
Eufaula and I-40 on the south to the state line on the north.

Follow Green Country Oklahoma on Facebook for great recommendations on events and fun activities. Plan your visit and request free
travel guides and maps at

Approximate Mileage: Kansas City........ 249 mi.
Little Rock.......... 276 mi.
St. Louis............. 393 mi. Amarillo............. 364 mi.
Dallas................. 263 mi.
Wichita............... 176 mi.

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Executive Director: Jackie Stewart
Contributing Editor: Nancy Phillips
Sales: Teri Bowers
Creative: Sherry Robinson
Printing: CP Solutions, Tulsa

Green Country Tourism
2512 E. 71st St., Ste. G
Tulsa, OK 74136
918.744.0588 • 800.922.2118

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State Highway 10 ....................7 GREEN COUNTRY
Historic Route 66 .................15
US Highway 75 ..................... 25 OFFICIAL 2020 VISITORS GUIDE
US Highway 69 ..................... 33
State Highway 51 ................. 39 Green

INTERACTIVE GUIDES OKLAHOMA 80,000 copies produced
by Green Country Tourism
US Highway 60 ....................45 Our cover features the in cooperation with the
US Highway 412 ....................51 Arkansas River just west of Oklahoma Tourism and
2020 Events.......................... 53 Recreation Department at
Green Country Lakes...........56 Sand Springs. a cost of $.36 each.
Photo: Sherry Robinson

An interactive digital version of this guide and other Green Country travel
guides can be found at

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Great Salt Kaw Lake
Plains Lake

imarron River


Carl Blackwell

Cimarron River


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Picturesque Lakes and Forests

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shores of the lake. It’s a must see attraction Lake 10
that also offers multiple events and hands-
on activities throughout the year. y Tahlequah
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Pensacola Dam. This PWA-style Art Deco Fort Gibson
dam is the longest multiple arch dam in Lake
the world and is open for tours daily during Tenkiller
the summer. A Wyndham Vacation property
on Monkey Island provides comfortable Greenleaf Vian Sallisaw
accommodations for those wanting to spend Lake
a bit of time here. This area is also home to Arkansas R
Grand Country RV Park and countless other Gore 64
cabins and accommodations to consider.
Robert S. .
Lakes Spavinaw and Eucha are located Kerr
near the city of Jay and provide an area Lake Lake
of pristine beauty. The area has a multitude Eufaula
of great facilities, including numerous
scenic campsites, picnic areas, play- 7
grounds, fishing docks and group shelters.
Marina and concessions are available and
fishermen love the wide variety of fish.

Green Country Oklahoma

The thriving community of Tahlequah, Arrowhead/Thunderbird Resort, combines as it reaches its southern edge (I-40) but
notable for being the capital of the Cherokee everything you need for an Illinois River we’ll continue just a bit further east to the
Nation, is the largest community along voyage - camping, cabins and watercraft. communities of Gore, Vian and Sallisaw.
Highway 10. There are several attractions Even though they’re small they offer visitors
to see here including Diligwa (dee-lee- Highway 10 scoots a bit to the west to Fort some charming shops and restaurants.
gwah) - 1710 Cherokee Village at the Gibson and the Fort Gibson Historical Site.
Cherokee Heritage Center, in Park Hill (you It was established in 1824 as one in a chain A must visit in Gore is Emily’s Tea Room
don’t realize you’ve left Tahlequah, they’re of forts designed to help maintain peace and to be safe, you should just go ahead
that close). Here you’ll experience Cherokee as the United States expanded westward. and start out with dessert, they are sinful.
life as it was 300 years ago, at interpretive A reconstructed log fort and some original Afterward there’s a maze – really, a maze
stations where crafts are demonstrated and buildings from the mid-1800s can be seen of aisles to wind through in the attached
stories told. Nearby, Hunter’s Home is a here. Also take the time to visit the nearby antique store and you’ll probably not get out
lovely restored Greek revival style home built Fort Gibson National Cemetery. It is a lovely without a treasure or two. Just to the east
in the late 1830s by a prominent Cherokee final resting place for over 22,000. in Vian there’s the cutest ladies boutique,
family. Several other historic sites are open Morning Sky, it offers the trendiest threads
to the visitor in Tahlequah. Check out the Following along the McClellan-Kerr around, and you’ll also want to poke your
street signs labeled in both Cherokee and Navigation System, Highway 10 takes you head inside the store next door, Evening
English languages. to Lake Tenkiller, another very popular Shade Mercantile, there will be some “guy
recreation lake, especially for those stuff” here.
Staying and playing is a must. During interested in scuba-diving; high bluffs and
warmer weather the Illinois River is chock- cliffs punctuate this spring-fed lake where Continuing to the east and Sallisaw where
full of kayakers, rafters and canoers. This some of the prettiest scenery in Oklahoma you’ll want to visit Sequoyah’s Cabin, this
scenic river is perfect for a refreshing float, can be found. Of course there are numerous little home is tucked in among the tall trees
especially during really warm weather. places to hold up for a few days including northeast of Sallisaw. One of the most
The green forested banks and occasional Mar Val Camping Resort, they can take significant members of the Cherokee Nation,
sandy beaches make for a grand time. The good care of you, they’ve been doing it for Sequoyah, created the Cherokee syllabary.
wise river-goers always secure everything, decades. This beautifully enhanced setting is an
there’s a possibility of a turn-over, generally ideal location for a picnic and guaranteed
it’s all in fun; and speaking of fun, Your trek through the eastern side of Green to please.
Country on Highway 10 comes to an end

Rustic Elegance Tigers Den Sizzlin’ Bones BBQ Commissary

Historic Downtown Shopping and Dining
Lake Fun - Casinos - Festivals - Events

Enjoy year round activities for the entire family. • 918.478.4780 FortGibsonChamberofCommerce
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Our little town sits like a jewel in the crown place for veterans from
of blue lakes, sparkling rivers and green every war since 1812.
hillsides. Located in the Cherokee Nation
of Oklahoma - the oldest community in Built in 1824, Fort Gibson
the State - Fort Gibson offers the quality of
small town life with a solid pioneer spirit. served as a staging

The surrounding rivers and lakes offer area for several military
limitless opportunities for fishing, hiking,
boating, kayaking and other fun outdoor expeditions exploring the
activities and recreation. Visitors will enjoy
the picturesque hillsides, wintering bald west and seeking peace FORT GIBSON BARRACKS
eagles, and nature in its purest state. Fort
Gibson Dam and overlook is one of three between the Indians.
dams on the Grand River. Three Forks
Harbor and Marina on the Arkansas river The post was abandoned in 1857 and to reliving history. From shopping, to food,
provide marina services and access to the
McClellan Kerr Water Way which goes all reactivated during the Civil War. The army to seasonal entertainment - our downtown
the way to New Orleans.
stayed through the Reconstruction and square is a growing attraction for locals and
Fort Gibson National Cemetery is the first
National Cemetery in Oklahoma. Established Indian War periods, combating the problem visitors alike.
in 1868, the cemetery is the final resting
of outlaws and squatters. In 1890, the army Cherokee National Cemetery, a National
abandoned Fort Gibson for the last time. Historic Landmark, was maintained by

Visitors to the site can see a reconstruction the Cherokee Nation from before the Civil

of the early log fort, as well as original War until its transfer to the Town of Fort

buildings from the 1840s through 1870s. Gibson in 1906. There are multiple historic

Local shopkeepers and proprietors homes dating to the late 1800s in the area
exemplify the pioneer spirit as front-line surrounding this historic site.

ambassadors to the town. Each visit to Visit or call

boutiques and antique shops puts you close 918-478-4780 to plan your visit. • 918.478.4780 9

108 West Poplar • Fort Gibson, OK 74434

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FREE Visitors’ Guide • • 888.963.8947

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Lake Tenkiller is Oklahoma’s clear water lake. The 13,000 acres
of clear waters weave 34 miles through the wild and rolling hills
of Cherokee County. Rocky bluffs above and below the water
provide the environment for the greatest variety or water sports
and recreational activities such as Scuba diving, camping, hiking,
fishing, golfing, water sports, scenic nature, fishing and hunting.
With 10 Marinas and 20 parks all level of lodging and campsites
are available.

Year-round trout fishing and record-breaking catches at Marval
Resort on the Lower Illinois River have given Gore the right to lay
claim to the “The Trout Capital of Oklahoma”. To check out the
claim and enjoy the outdoors while experiencing some terrific
fishing, Marval Resort on the Lower Illinois River is the place.

Marval Resort offers tent camping, RV Hookups, heated pool,
nine-hole mini-golf course, volleyball court, game room, snack
bar and nature trail, in addition to the excellent trout fishing.
Deluxe Cabins also are available. Marval Resort has a clubhouse
with a full kitchen that seats up to 100. Great for family reunions,
groups and weddings.

The 12 mile stretch of the Lower Illinois river is stocked with
rainbow trout at three sites.

Tenkiller is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains,
surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain and beautiful
foliage from spring until fall, when the changing autumn leaves
draw many travelers around the lake and up scenic Highway 10.
It also serves as one of the flyways of migratory animals, such as
Canada geese, ducks, monarch butterflies, warblers, bald eagles
and many others.

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More than just a pretty place...



Located in the heart of Green Country, Tahlequah, Oklahoma is a
quaint little town with a huge personality. Offering beautiful scenery
and an inviting atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for any length
of getaway. Home to the Cherokee Nation, this little town offers
a diverse array of events and attractions. The local museums,
containing Cherokee history and culture, will keep folks entertained
and engaged, bringing history to life through interactive exhibits.
Family outings such as fishing or boating can be enjoyed on stunning
During the summer visitors can float, kayak, or canoe at one of the
many float resorts along the scenic Illinois River. During the autumn
season, Highway 10 is filled with bright fall foliage; watch closely…
a Bald Eagle might be spotted. Venture into town and experience a
one of a kind Main Street with unique shops and vintage buildings.
Entertainment on Main Street offers a nice variety of bars and pubs
that provide live music and entertainment. Tahlequah’s downtown
includes various art exhibits showcasing local and Native artists.
Kick back and relax at one of our cozy coffee shops or enjoy a
bite to eat at an eclectic diner. Northeastern State University, built
around the historic Seminary Hall, is a 4 year university providing
a quality education. The campus, encompassing Native historical
buildings and architecture, adds uniqueness to Tahlequah. Whether
your stay is adventurous, relaxing or business driven, Tahlequah is
sure to have something to enjoy. Come embrace and experience
Tahlequah! Lose yourself in the rich history that brings this little
community together in a huge way!


*HISTORIC Downtown
*PHENOMENAL Fall Foliage
*ADVENTUROUS Illinois River
*MAGNIFICENT Lake Tenkiller
*Headquarters of Cherokee CULTURE

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Little moments, like a giggle that erupts when PHOTO CREDIT: JENNA FRIEND And these visitors probably aren’t even
a giraffe’s whiskers tickle a toddler’s hand thinking about how part of their ticket helps
or a lion’s roar cuts through conversation, And did anyone know that things they do the Tulsa Zoo save wildlife here and around
can only be experienced at the zoo. every day can help our ocean’s animals? the world.
Or the big moments, like when you enter What are some things we can do, the
a land lost to time at the Tulsa Zoo’s Lost zookeeper wants to know. Since 1997, the zoo has supported
Kingdom exhibit complex. Giant Komodo more than 360 conservation projects for
dragons, endangered Malayan tigers and It’s as entertaining as it is educational. And creatures of all sizes and from all locales,
rare snow leopards roam among ruins as children crowd around they watch the ranging from the monarch butterflies in
reclaimed by nature. As the physical sea lions gracefully glide underwater, and Tulsa to snow leopards in the Himalayas.
barriers separating you from the animals they can see how those front flippers they
become transparent through large view heard about work up-close. Your visit to the Tulsa Zoo isn’t just a chance
windows, a sense of connection and shared to connect with wildlife – it’s a chance for
experience emerges. These are the moments – along with that you to play a part in protecting wild places.
The sense of connection continues when first train ride of the day, of course – when From the giraffes in Tanzania to songbirds in
you venture into the immersive tropical everyone lights up with excitement. Indonesia, guests are supporting conservation
rainforest exhibit, where macaws screech programs all over the world. Your ticket
and two-toed sloths roam. Colorful poison purchase provides essential resources for the
dart frogs peak out from the foliage and if Tulsa Zoo’s wildlife-saving partners.
you’re lucky the howler monkeys will be
living up to their name. The commitment to conservation extends
Across the park, the sea lion presentation is to the zoo’s daily practices. The Tulsa Zoo
starting. A zookeeper keeps the fish coming might be the only zero-landfill zoo in the
as she gives the audience tidbits about the United States. Guests will find strawless
intelligent creatures. lids, paper cups and reusable shopping
No, they’re not seals, the children hear. bags, small changes that make a difference
There are important differences. Who can for wildlife. It’s a lesson that ties back to
name one? The sea lions clap and almost the keeper chat at the sea lion exhibit, and
seem to bark with laughter at each fact. it hits home for the families who watched
the show.
Together, the Tulsa Zoo and you are saving
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imarron River


an River

Cimarron River


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Miami Quapaw
America,s Mother Road

66 Afton Grand
Vinita Lake
O' The
85 Cherokees



Oologah Langley Disney 59

Lake Oologah Foyil Lake Spavinaw 28
Skiatook Hudson Lake
Catoosa Eucha
Claremore Lake
Keystone Lake McClellan/Kerr Water Illinois R.

66 Fort Gibson


One of America’s most famous, if not the pretty much in its original state and can be with theater goers. The Coleman, built in
most famous highway, is historic Route found at 319 S. Quincy St. Check out the 1929, has been completely restored and
66. Known also as “The Mother Road” baseball dents in the adjacent barn—can’t still sells out performances.
the highway arrives in Oklahoma from you almost hear Mickey with his Dad and
the east at Quapaw, located at the very brothers whooping it up as they played ball? Miami’s Dobson Museum contains
tip-top northeast corner. The Quapaw numerous historic artifacts and documents
Museum here holds artifacts relating to and You’re in Miami almost before you realize pertaining to Native American tribes and
preserving the history of the Quapaw Indian it, and in Oklahoma we pronounce it” My- Ottawa County.
Nation. You’ll also be able to learn about am-uh”. Miami’s Main Street is a treasure
their cultural activities and traditions. trove of shops and attractions, so plan on Of course you’ll need to eat while prowling
extra time here. The most remarkable place around Miami, you might consider Waylan’s
Moving on down Route 66 to Commerce, is the historic Coleman Theatre, where Ku-Ku Drive In, the last of its kind and it’s
a short detour off the main road will take top-notch entertainers have shared their somewhat of an international hot-spot.
you by the boyhood home of its favorite son, talents with thousands of audiences over its Chapters Bookstore is a step back-in-time
ole Number 7, Mickey Mantle (“If I’d known ninety years in existence. Will Rogers, Bob and offers tasty coffees and teas while you
I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken Hope, even Groucho Marx (“I intend to live shop.
a lot better care of myself.”). The home is forever, or die trying”) shared their humor

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A short detour off Route 66 and south from lemur that will steal your heart and a host
Miami is Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees of other friendly critters. (By appointment
and certainly one of Oklahoma’s favorite only).
playgrounds. It’s not just a big Bass lake
but offers some outstanding activities for It isn’t likely you’ll want to just dip your
anyone. En route, stop by Darryl Starbird’s toes in the water then leave, so why not
National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame at opt for one of the outstanding overnight
Afton to see some out-of-this-world accommodations in the area and enjoy the
vehicles. Your next stop, Har-Ber Village stay for a few days. A Wyndham Vacation
Museum in Grove, where dozens of tiny property is located on Monkey Island, and
buildings make up the pioneer-era village there are countless other cabins, resorts
and history museum complex. It’s a must and RV facilities to consider in the area.
see attraction that also offers multiple Seemingly endless are your options for
events and hands-on activities throughout nightlife around Grand Lake with dance
the year. A bit further south around Grand halls, gourmet dining and lady luck at
Lake at Langley, you’ll cross Pensacola numerous casinos. Then there’s always the
Dam. This PWA-style Art Deco dam is the option of just watching the sunset from your
longest multiple arch dam in the world and lounge chair.
is open for tours daily during the summer.
It’s now back to the Mother Road and
With a bit of advance planning, a visit to Vinita, home to Clanton’s Café which has
Oasis Animal Adventures in Disney is a been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-
refreshing treat. Here you’ll meet Zola the Ins and Dives. Afterward, stop in at the
zebra, Simon the camel, Roo the Kangaroo, Eastern Trails Museum and if you’re really
a character named Omar, he’s an adorable lucky, perhaps you’ll be in Vinita in June
during the annual “World’s Largest Calf

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RESTAURANT EVENT CENTER CATERING Fry Festival”, now that’s some really tasty located in the historic Belvidere Mansion, to
eatin’! Later in the month you can enjoy the “mile-high” pies and home cooking at the
OKLAHOMA Vinita Route 66 Fest as well. Hammett House. The Will Rogers Birthplace
is just a few miles north outside of Oologah,
66ROUTE Traveling just a bit farther on Route 66 the Dog Iron Ranch truly couldn’t be in a
you’ll find the world’s largest totem pole prettier setting, high on a hill overlooking
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm at Totem Pole Park in Foyil. Then it’s on Lake Oologah. On the way out to the Ranch,
Friday 11am-11pm to Claremore, where the Will Rogers stop in town to check out the bronze statue
Memorial Museum is an absolute must of Will and his trusty steed Soapsuds, its
Saturday 12pm-11pm see when in Oklahoma. This memorial to “I right square in the middle of the street. On
9999 Hwy 66, Sapulpa, OK 74066 never met a man I didn’t like,” Will Rogers, the highway check out the replica of Will’s
918-224-4301 • is full of memories and memorabilia about birthplace – watch carefully or you’ll miss it.
Oklahoma’s Favorite son. For good-luck rub
Will’s boot in the Museum, you can’t miss Retrace your steps back to Route 66 and
it. You’ll also want to visit the J.M. Davis continue west, nearing Tulsa you’ll travel
Arms and Historical Museum, for a glimpse by the iconic Blue Whale and the Hard
of the largest private collection of firearms Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa, where
in the World. But that isn’t all there is in this entertainment and lavish accommodations
museum, you’ll need to see for yourself are found.
‘cause there’s a few bizarre items as well.
As you reach the metropolitan area a couple
Plan on staying in Claremore for a while, of suburbs offer a variety of events and
you’ll find an abundance of trendy and activities. The Garden Spot of Oklahoma,
antique shopping for everyone. Dining will Bixby straddles the Arkansas River and
certainly be a difficult choice, with options is ideal for all things “grown,” celebrated
available from the Pink House Tea Room during the annual Green Corn Festival each


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June. The BBQ and Blues Festival in May pledges totaling $465 million is the largest SMOKE FREE HOTEL
really draws a crowd for finger-lickin’ good private gift to a public park in U.S. history.
barbeque. Buffet Breakfast • Outdoor Pool • Free WiFi
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Workout Facility • Open Lobby • Meeting Space
There are many attractions and events in Art, (ranked as one of the top 5 Jewish
Tulsa—far more than could be mentioned museums in the US and Canada by Jewish Accessible Rooms & Parking • Shuttle Van
here—so here are a few highlights. The Living Magazine), features the American Complimentary USA TODAY Newspaper (M-F)
Gilcrease Museum is another “must-see” West’s largest collection of Judaica and
in Green Country. Housed here is the the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition must not be Refrigerator • Microwave • Coffee Maker
largest collection of art and artifacts of the missed on any Tulsa visit. The Tulsa Zoo and Large Desk/Convenient Desk-level Outlet
American West in the United States, pretty Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
much sums it up in a sentence. A stroll are situated convenient to one another and Serta Mattress • Flat Screen HDTV
through the gardens is lovely anytime, but supply hours of fun and learning for all.
is especially stunning when azaleas are The Tulsa Zoo’s latest experience, the Lost Holiday Inn Express Tulsa Midtown
blooming in April. Speaking of gardens, the Kingdom, is receiving rave reviews. 4680 E Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74135
Tulsa Botanic Garden, on the eastern edge
of the Osage, continues its 25-year plan to Other attractions include the Woody Guthrie 918.986.8200
develop 60 acres into a myriad of garden Center, OK Jazz Hall of Fame, Philbrook
spaces, streams, conservatory and much Museum of Art, Route 66 Village, Tulsa
more. This will certainly be a venue to revisit Historical Society Museum and others to
time and again. compliment your Tulsa visit.

New to the area is Tulsa’s Gathering Place, If you’re looking for entertainment in Tulsa,
this 60 plus acre-park offers literally look no further than the downtown core.
something for everyone. The park, with Hotels, restaurants, clubs and multiple
entertainment venues including the historic

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Where Claremore’s Historic Past and Present Cain’s Ballroom, the BOK (B.O.K.) Center and Oneok (One-Oak)
Meet to Shop, Dine and Unwind! Field home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team, offer an endless
supply of action. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the University
Featured Businesse of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University action, too. The largest
event in Tulsa is the annual 11-day Tulsa State Fair. Held in late
Coleman’s Antiques • Rhapsody • Art Nest September/early October it’s fun and food (of all kinds, especially
Mainstreet Mercantile • Farmhaus fried) for the entire family.

A Place ‘n Time • Sailor Antiques & Collectibles Sapulpa and Bristow to the southwest both have vibrant downtown
Centsible Spending • Thrift Harbor areas and celebrate their association with the “Mother Road” by
Lolipop A Sweet Boutique hosting annual car festivals. In Sapulpa the Sapulpa Historical
Museum is a 3-story treasure-trove of antiques, arranged in
W. Will Rogers Blvd a small village format. Many of these antique items you will recognize, others – well, who knows what that thing did. The
#downtownclaremore Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is Sapulpa’s latest attraction.
You’ll see several vintage automobiles and other related items.
The museum is located at the corner of Route 66 and Sahoma
Lake Road - look for the GIANT gas pump. For your dining
pleasure, Freddie’s Steakhouse, a Sapulpa Lebanese restaurant
features many tasty Lebanese delights – definitely a place you’ll
try more than once. In Bristow, home to more Lebanese food,
the annual Tabouleh Fest happens each May.



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WELCOME TO MIAMI Miami, Oklahoma

Miami (My-am-uh) is the gateway to Northeast Oklahoma’s Green T he gateway to Oklahoma
Country and offers a rich history and culture. Home to ten Native on Histoirc Route 66
American Tribes, thirteen area casinos, iconic restaurants like
Waylan’s Ku-Ku Drive In and several museums - Miami offers HISTORIC COLEMAN THEATRE
something for everyone to enjoy during your visit.
An important attraction running directly through the heart of Miami
is Historic Route 66. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of Route MICKEY MANTLE STATUE MURALS ON ROUTE 66
66” Oklahoma was part of the road’s beginning and is blessed
to have more miles of this historic 2,400 mile roadway than any
other state. Miami is home to the longest Main Street on all of
Route 66 and is proud to have the Gateway Sign on South Main
Street welcoming all those traveling the Mother Road. Just outside
of Miami is the last section of the original nine foot wide “Ribbon
Road.” Visit the section south of Miami at the junction of E. 140th
Road and S. 550 Road. It is listed as an Oklahoma National Historic

Another highlight is the restored historic Coleman Theatre. This
opulent structure was opened in 1929 and has never been dark.
George L. Coleman, Sr. had a love for vaudeville theatre and spared
no expense in building the Coleman Theatre. Today, thousands of
visitors from around the world experience what has been named
both the “Crown Jewel of Route 66” and “Oklahoma’s Premier
Vaudeville Palace.”

Don’t miss some of our favorite attractions listed below and be
certain to check our website for more information.

Dobson Memorial Center Shawnee Tribe Cultural ROUTE 66 GATEWAY SIGN ORIGINAL ROUTE 66
Home and Museum Center
110 A. St SW 19 N. Eight Tribes Trail Northeast Oklahoma
Miami, OK 74354 Miami, OK 74354
Sun, Wed, Fri, Sat 1pm–4pm Wed.-Sat. 10-4 Full of Charm, History, Hospitality
918.542.5388 918.544.6722 & Fun on the Mother Road
918-542-3382 DELUXE 918-542-6631 918-541-1500
Grand Army of the Republic Nearby in COMMERCE INN
(G.A.R.) Cemetery and British
Flyers Memorial Gravesite Mickey Mantle’s Miami, OK
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Claremore has more museums per capita In Claremore, dessert is king! Hammett your way south on Route 66, a must-see
than any another city in the United States! House’s mile-high pie peaks the to-do list. is the iconic Blue Whale. Listed as one of
That’s a lot of amusement in a compact This locally owned and operated restaurant the most recognizable icons on the entire
package. Claremore features the Will Rogers is a classic favorite for visitors, far and wide. route, the Blue Whale is a covered dock on
Memorial Museum, the J.M. Davis Arms and If you haven’t had enough sweets, you can a pond, lovingly made by a local man for his
Historical Museum, the Oklahoma Military slide into Claremore’s Victorian mansion, family. You can walk right into the belly of
Academy Museum, and the Claremore The Belvidere, for baked fudge and hot tea the beast, it’s a perfect photo op.
Museum of History. The Memorial features provided by the Pink House Restaurant.
films, artifacts, and quotes from the Claremore is a hidden jewel in Northeastern
infamous Will Rogers. J.M. Davis is the Claremore loves to eat so if you are looking Oklahoma with all the sights, sounds, and
largest privately owned gun museum in for some local Irish culture, stop by J heart of authentic America. If you can’t find
the world and the Claremore Museum of Farley’s Pub for fish and chips and a pint. something to do, just ask!
History houses the original surrey from the You may start out a stranger there but
musical Oklahoma!, along with other pieces soon… everyone will know your name. If
showcasing our most famous residents you are looking for more of an all American
like Lynn Riggs, Stuart Roosa, and Patti fare, head downtown to Main Street Tavern.
Page. The unique museums paired with If you haven’t enjoyed a meatloaf slider or
the charm of downtown and the variety of the grown up grilled cheese, it’s time.
local crafted eateries, makes Claremore a
destination you won’t want to miss. After you are full, take a stroll down historic
Downtown Main Street. With over 300
Route 66 passes directly in the middle of exclusive antique dealers, locally owned
Claremore. Just off the historic route on authentic boutiques, and specialty stores
the North side of Claremore is the World’s in four blocks, the appeal reaches people
Largest Totem pole park. The entire park is from many walks of life. If nothing else,
bursting with colors, history, and fun facts. the charm and walkability of downtown will
Between the hand carved fiddle collection cause nostalgia.
and 90-foot-tall totem pole, it is a distinctive
stop that leaves a lasting memory. Before you leave town, stop by Green
Eyes Coffee and get your caffeine fix. The
handcrafted brews will keep you moving
on down the road. Don’t miss Route 66
Nut house for the fudge of the month. On

Photos: Clockwise from top: Claremore Museum of History; Totem Pole Park;
Will Rogers Ranch Home.

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Claremore, OK Unique Antiques Museum City Local Eats

Annual Events Historic Downtown New Hotels

Route 66

Hammett House Will Rogers
Memorial Museum
“A Claremore Tradition”
Learn. Laugh. Be Inspired

JM Davis Arms and The Belvidere
Historical Museum Mansion

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Woods, Lakes and Rocks

As you enter Green Country from Kansas Lake Copan
on Highway 75 you are immediately greeted Hulah Lake
by one of Northeast Oklahoma’s lakes.
Some camping facilities are available at Bartlesville Dewey
Copan Lake along with fishinKgawanLdaokteher
lake activities. Before you know it you’ve Bluestem
arrived in Dewey. Another of Green Lake
Country’s quaint towns, this one is home to
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and the namesake of the annual Tom Mix
Festival and Western Heritage Weekend. Barnsdall Oologah
The Museum houses items related to Tom Lake
including a replica of his trusty steed Tony Birch 11
and a theater where you can see them in Lake 75
action in one of his many films. The Dewey
Hotel provides a glimpse of days-gone-by Lake
accommodations, but is not available for Skiatook
those any longer. Do take time to visit the
many charming shops, one even has an Skiatook
old-fashioned soda fountain.
Keystone Lake
Almost before you know it, you’re in the
community of Bartlesville. Bartlesville Tulsa McClellan/Kerr Waterwa
offers so many activities and attractions
you’ll perhaps need a room for a night or Jenks
two. The iconic Price Tower, affectionately
known as “the tree that escaped the forest”, Heyburn Glenpool y
was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Lake Lake
is a must-see on any visit to Northeast Eufaula
Oklahoma’s Green Country. This Art-Deco 75
skyscraper is front and center in the
downtown core and welcomes overnight Lake Okmulgee
guests at the Inn. Dining at Copper Bar, high Okmulgee
atop the Inn, is a very special treat, where
draped outside the windows, the gently Dripping
rolling terrain meets up with energy giant Springs
towers next door. Adjacent to the Inn, the Lake
Price Tower Museum showcases a variety
of exhibits year-round. Henryetta

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Other attractions include the Frank Phillips each September and the “toe-tappin’” gentle giants. Also on the west bank of the
Home (Phillips 66), the Phillips Petroleum Tallgrass Music Festival in June. Skiatook is Arkansas River, The Flying Tee provides
Co. Museum and the Bartlesville Area located near Skiatook Lake, where fishing outstanding family fun and dining - FORE!
History Museum. The annual OKM Music and multiple other outdoor activities await
Festival features world-wide talent during you. The Osage Casino here provides the As many metropolitan areas grow, it
its multi-day run each June. Dining is a traveler with luxury accommodations and a is sometimes hard to tell where one
treat in Bartlesville especially at Frank and multitude of entertainment options. community ends and another begins.
Lola’s, don’t let the quirky décor fool you Glenpool is one of these. In 1905 the
– it’s first rate chow. A long-time local is As you transition back to Highway 75, the Glenn Pool oil discovery occurred on the
Dink’s, where an order of onion strings is a skyscrapers of downtown Tulsa become farmland of Ida Glenn, thus the name. A
must treat - you’ll understand. visible. If you plan to spend a bit of time in celebration of this historic find, Glenpool
the downtown core (and we hope you do), Black Gold Days occurs each June, offering
A scenic route from Bartlesville takes you don’t miss the Boston Avenue Methodist food, crafts and fun for visitors of all ages.
a bit off track to the ranch home retreat of Church, it’s right on the highway. In keeping
Frank Phillips, another must-see. Known with the Art-Deco theme from Bartlesville, Okmulgee, Capital of the Muscogee
as Woolaroc, for the WOOds, LAkes this masterpiece should be seen from both (Creek) Nation, and home to the Creek
and ROCks, this massive Osage County the interior as well as the exterior. While Council House on the downtown square,
estate covers 3,700 acres and is home to you are here, visit the all-new Tulsa Osage which showcases the Nation’s political
numerous animals, who often greet you Casino Hotel - your place to play. Featuring structure through art and artifacts. Each
upon arrival. The ranch house is elegant in 1,600 electronic games and 16 table June the Nation celebrates the annual
a western style-be sure to notice the baby games, the new resort-style property is like Muscogee (Creek) Festival complete with
grand piano and learn about the unusual no other. stomp dances, sports tournaments, arts
façade. The museum, which houses an and crafts, big-name entertainment and
outstanding western art collection, also Circling around downtown Tulsa and numerous other activities. Also in June,
includes many rare and curious items both continuing south, you’ll arrive in the suburb Okmulgee celebrates the fabulous tree
given to Mr. Phillips and collected by him. of Jenks, locally known as the Antique nut, the pecan, at the “Pecan Festival.”
Capital of Oklahoma. You’ll completely Oklahoma ranks as one of the top pecan
Upon leaving Woolaroc, just a bit further, understand once you settle into the Main producing states in the US.
the community of Barnsdall is unique in Street area - shops, shops and more
that there’s an oil well pump jack in the shops to browse. The Oklahoma Aquarium Continuing south the final stop on Green
middle of Main Street. Take time to visit is located in Jenks on the banks of the Country’s Highway 75 is Henryetta, home
the Big Heart Museum which also hosts a Arkansas River. Housing the largest bull of 16-time World Champion rodeo great,
namesake festival each spring. sharks in captivity, their “residence” Jim Shoulders and former Dallas Cowboys
includes a tunnel and dome where visitors quarterback, Troy Aikman. The Henryetta
We’ve somewhat left Highway 75, which can get up-close and personal with these Territorial Museum houses exhibits
is a lovely route, however let’s continue on swimmers. Several other exhibits feature honoring both of these former citizens;
Highway 11 south to Skiatook, a booming local, and sometimes prehistoric, aquatic many other interesting items are on display.
community on the edge of Osage County. life in their natural habitat. The sea turtle Did you know that Jim Shoulders invented
It hosts the annual Pioneer Day Festival experience gives visitors a look-see at these the mechanical bull?

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There’s never a bad time to visit Woolaroc the name for the entire Frank Phillips ranch. ‘When you are visiting the beauty spots of
Museum & Wildlife Preserve, located in Listed on the National Register of Historic this country, don’t overlook Frank Phillips’
the breathtaking hills of Osage County in Places in Washington, D.C., and the bottom ranch and game preserve in Bartlesville,
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded in 1925 floor of the original lodge home can also be Oklahoma. It’s the most unique place in this
by oilman Frank Phillips, Woolaroc is a toured on the ranch. Will Rogers once said, country.’
3,700-acre working ranch that is home to
a large herd of bison, elk, longhorn cattle,
scotch highland cattle, and more. Woolaroc
museum is 50,000 sq. feet and hosts an
outstanding collection of western art and
artifacts, Native American material, and
one of the finest collections of Colt firearms
in the world. Guests can also enjoy our
hiking trails, concession stand, animal
barn, and 1830’s mountain man camp,
(open seasonally). The name WOOLAROC
is derived from three words—the woods,
lakes and rocks that make up the beautiful
Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma where
Woolaroc is located.The name was originally
intended for the rustic Lodge ranch house,
but it was so unique that it soon became

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Bartlesville, located in the northeast corner Price Tower. The exceptional museums, Bartlesville has played host to oil barons,
of Oklahoma, invites you to explore history, outstanding architecture, and one-of-a-kind Oklahoma legends, and well known
architecture, culture, and hospitality. From cultural events make for a community full of celebrities. However, the most important
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower you charm and class. Fill your visit with historic visitor is the one that hasn’t yet arrived.
can see the beautiful Osage Hills, home tours, family friendly attractions, and fun Let us serve as your next weekend
of the unique Woolaroc Museum and events. Or, make the most of a business trip getaway, family reunion destination, or
Wildlife Preserve. Understand the at one of our unique restaurants, beautiful convention location. We are committed to
energy and history of the American West parks, or friendly retail shops. helping you create happy memories of the
by visiting the Frank Phillips Home, people and places of Bartlesville and the
Nellie Johnstone No. 1 Oil Well, or the Children of all ages love to explore the AT&SF surrounding area.
Phillips Petroleum Company Museum. Steam Locomotive No. 940, Bruce Goff’s
Learn more history at places like the Sooner Park Play Tower, or the magical We look forward to being your warm and
Bartlesville Area History Museum, Kiddie Park. Outdoor enthusiasts can find welcoming host.
Delaware Tribal Archives Museum or adventure at the Pathfinder Parkway Trail,
the Tom Mix Museum and the Dewey Lee Lake, Frontier and Sooner Pools, or 918-336-8709 • 800-364-8708
Hotel & Museum located in Dewey. Osage Hills State Park, located just 14
miles west of downtown Bartlesville.
The attractions and events of Bartlesville Photos: Clockwise from top:
and Dewey represent a story of human Enhance your stay by attending one of Bartlesville Community Center;
spirit and perseverance. A new addition, our many festivals and take in the food, AT&SF No. 940 Steam Locomotive
opening early in 2020, is Tower Center music, and culture of the area. Highlights Bartlesville Downtown Depot/
at Unity Square. It will provide a public of the year include Sunfest Arts and Visitors Center; Woolaroc 1840s
outdoor green space for visitors of all Music Festival, OKM Music Festival, Mountain Man Camp.
ages and numerous events. It is located at Kidsfest at Woolaroc, Oklahoma
Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue, between Indian Summer Festival, and Dewey’s
the Bartlesville Community Center and Western Heritage Weekend.

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Announcing Tower Center at Unity Square


Tower Center at Unity Square • Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve • Price Tower Arts Center
Phillips Petroleum Company Museum • Frank Phillips Home • Kiddie Park

AT&SF No. 940 Steam Locomotive • Nellie Johnstone No. 1 Oil Well • Tom Mix Museum
Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival • OKM Music Festival • Downtown Arts & Culture
Cherokee Casino Ramona • Osage Casino • Entertainment at Bartlesville Community Center
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Many communities are experiencing a re- can be seen. Shopping includes a strictly throughout the year provide fun for families
birth, a re-awakening and Okmulgee is one Native-made shop, Red Stick Gallery and and visitors from around the region who
such place. The renovation of the historic many dining options like the ever-popular come to celebrate.
Creek Nation Council House, seat of the Coleman’s Bakery, Tavern 56 and Kirby’s
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is the center Diner among other options. If you’re looking for a wild-ride you’ll want
of Okmulgee’s downtown square and just to check out Jandebeur’s Motor Sports Park
one of the dozens of refinements that have The annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation where dirt-biking is front and center. It’s the
taken place over the past decade. Over 50 Festival features traditional Native American largest family owned motorsports park in
million dollars worth of renovation, renewal elements intertwined with the popular the Midwest, with five tracks and two trail
and volunteerism have been invested in culture of today and top entertainment sections that accommodate beginners and
the downtown area. Visitors will enjoy highlighting the evening festivities for professionals alike. Not to worry if you don’t
the quaint downtown square, visiting thousands of festival goers. Activities such have a dirt bike, they’re available to rent.
the Council House and the 100-year-old as The Harvest Spoon Chili-fest; the Pecan
Orpheum Theatre where first-run movies, Festival featuring a Carnival, barbeque and Outdoor lovers will want to spend time
entertainment; along with other events at Okmulgee and Dripping Springs Lake
and Recreation area. The spillway from

Shopping and Dining in Historic Downtown • Special Events
Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge • Wildlife Viewing • Hiking
Hunting • Fishing • Camping • Boating • Water Skiing


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Okmulgee Lake is a soothing and peaceful OKMULGEE LAKE
backdrop, an image not to be missed
during your visit. Dripping Springs Lake is
known as Oklahoma’s first “Trophy Bass
Lake”; conditions at the Lake provide the
perfect habitat for trophy bass. Camping,
tent sites and shelters available for rent are
all available; additionally, a 3.5-mile nature
trail winds through woods and along the

Okmulgee is located in Northeast Oklahoma’s
Green Country, a half-hour south of Tulsa
on US Highway 75. We know you’ll enjoy
spending your time in Okmulgee.

Vibrant paintings, detailed wood carvings and handcrafted jewelry are 31
much more than gifts, they are treasures honoring the cultural heritage
of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and its people, and are on display at The
Redstick Gallery. Located across the street from the historic Creek Council
House in downtown Okmulgee, the Gallery is more than a gift store, it is a
celebration of Muscogee artists’ creativity and talent. All items in the Redstick
Gallery are created by enrolled Muscogee citizens, or individuals enrolled in
another federally recognized tribe. Visit us at the online store, redstick-gallery., or stop by Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm at 105 S. Grand
Ave in Okmulgee. Mvto!

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Jefferson Highway Commerce Quapaw
w Lake

Bluestem Vinita Grand
Lake Lake
69 O' The
Established in 1915, the historic Jefferson Cherokees

as River Highway extended from Winnipeg, Manitoba Oologah
to New Orleans, Louisiana. What remains in Lake

Oklahoma is now US Highway 69. It enters

Green County at the northeast corner of

Oklahoma very close to Quapaw, where Lake Spavinaw
Hudson Lake
a quick side trip takes you to the Quapaw
Museum where the history of the Quapaw Pryor 20 Salina Lake

Indian Nation is preserved.

Commerce is the next community and a McClellan/Kerr Waterwa Chouteau Illinois R.
short detour off the main road takes you
by the boyhood home of its favorite son, Fort Gibson
Number 7, Mickey Mantle. The home is Lake
pretty much in its original state and can be
found at 319 S. Quincy SHt.eyburn Wagoner
You’re in Miami almost beLfoarkeeyou realize it,
and in Oklahoma we pronounce it My-am- y
uh. Miami’s Main Street is a perfect place to
engage in a bit of retail therapy in the shops Muskogee Fort Gibson
and attractions, so plan on extra time here.
Miami’s premier attraction is the historic 62 Lake
Coleman Theatre, where entertainers have Tenkiller
performed to thousands of audiences over
its ninety years in existence. Will Rogers, 69 Greenleaf
Bob Hope, even Groucho Marx shared their Lake
humor with theater goers. The Coleman,
built in 1929, has been completely restored Checotah Rentiesville Robert S.
and still sells out performances attracting Kerr
visitors of all ages. Lake Lake


Other attractions in Miami include the
Dobson Museum, where numerous historic
artifacts and documents pertaining to Native
American and Ottawa County history are
found. Waylan’s Ku-Ku Drive In, the last of its
kind, is an international hot-spot. Step back

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in time at Chapters Bookstore to sample a thousands of adoring fans begging for more. Park. Located on a peaceful, forested point,
tasty coffee or tea while you shop. Pryor’s annual DAM J.A.M. Bicycle Tour hits guests will find a multitude of activities -
the trail in the early fall with winding routes horseback riding, trails, tennis or maybe
Vinita, home to Clanton’s Café which has through the local countryside. If time permits, you’ll want to just kick back and do a bit of
been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive- stop by the Coo-Y-Yah County Museum for a critter watching, mostly deer and feathered
Ins and Dives is the next community on glimpse into Pryor area history. friends. Cap the day off by catching the sun
Highway 69. The Eastern Trails Museum as it sets across the lake.
here provides a glimpse at the area’s history A short trip off Highway 69 in nearby Salina
and if you’re really lucky perhaps you’ll be is the Salina Highbanks Raceway, featuring It wouldn’t be Oklahoma if we didn’t mention
in Vinita in June, during the annual “World’s high octane, fast and furious dirt track “Okie”, a term now considered endearing
Largest Calf Fry Festival”, now that’s some racing. The track is also home to some great and quite notable in Muskogee. Muskogee
really tasty eatin’! eats at the Finishline Restaurant. has so many attractions, you’ll need to get a
room for a couple of nights for sure; and as
We’ll take off to the south to one of our In Chouteau, the Dutch Pantry is a great you travel the city streets be on the look-out
prettiest lakes and communities—Pryor stop for fine home-cooking and delicious for over 30 hand-painted guitars celebrating
and Lake Hudson—where you can while desserts. The Amish Cheese Store is also Muskogee’s rich musical heritage. (Phase 2
away the hours on the lakes peaceful waters. a tasty stop for cheese, fudge, ice cream, is under way so more guitars are being added
The scenic shoreline ranges from majestic what more could anyone want? in public areas across the city.) The Papilion
bluffs to inviting coves and the fishing is (think butterfly) and the Five Civilized Tribes
an opportunity for those searching for that Moving toward Wagoner, there are Museum are located within Honor Heights
trophy catch. Nearby Pryor is a booming numerous dining choices, from barbeque to Park, sight of the annual and hugely popular
community with plentiful shopping and bistro and shopping from antique to unusual Azalea Festival, so big that it lasts the entire
dining options and some of the finest events and if time permits check out the Wagoner month of April. Lots of fun here for kids. The
in the area. Each Memorial Day weekend City Historical Museum. Going off course Castle is one of the very best locations to
rocks with Rocklahoma, featuring hit bands once again, you’ll enter the Fort Gibson celebrate Halloween. A month of weekends
banging their way late into the night, with Lake area for an opportunity to get back
to nature at The Lodge at Sequoyah State

Quality of Life - Priority #1


Located in northeast Oklahoma, Pryor sits in the “Heart of Green Country” surrounded by beautiful lakes and exciting attractions. It boasts
easy access to interstates leading directly to major markets, along with unique local businesses, year round events and a friendly community.

• Whitaker & Centennial Park • MidAmerica Industrial Park - Multiple • Every School in District holds State and
• Lake Hudson & Grand Lake O’ the Fortune 5 Companies Including Google National School of Character Designation
Data Center Campus
Cherokees • Roosevelt Elementary - Covey Designated
• Pryor Creek Nature Trail • Free Wifi Districts Lighthouse School
• USABMX Sanctioned Track
• Home to Rocklahoma • Pryor Main Street Shopping and Cultural • Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary - Blue
• ACRA/CRRA Rodeo District Ribbon Schools
• DAM J.A.M Bicycle Tour
• Mayes County Cultural Center • RSU Campus

• Rabbit Studio and Gallery • NE Technology Headquarters and

Pryor AREA CHAMBER 100 E Graham Ave., Pryor, OK 74361 • 918.825.0157 • [email protected]
OF COMMERCE • Facebook: Visit Pryor & Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce

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are designed to scare the daylights out of Boat Race, and the Oklahoma Festival of largest battle of the Civil War to occur in
you. In the spring jousting comes to life at Ballooning in August, and the month-long Oklahoma, on a rainy, and probably humid,
their Renaissance Festival. Azalea and Castle Christmas festivals. Friday in July of 1863. The 1,100 acre site
has several trails with dozens of interpretive
The USS Batfish is a part of War Memorial You’ll be humming “I’m proud to be an Okie signs for self-guided tours. In Checotah,
Park, where you’ll learn much about World from Muskogee” as you leave town and the hometown of mega super-star Carrie
War II; however due to historic flooding the cross over the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Underwood, area history can be found at
batfish almost got away and it is currently channel on your way to Fort Gibson. Its the Katy Depot and it’s a wonderful place
undergoing restoration and realignment. namesake, the Fort Gibson Historical Site, to check out some of the charming shops.
Please contact the War Memorial Park was established in 1824 as one in a chain
(918.682.6294) for updates on their of forts, designed to help maintain peace Can you smell the water yet? You’re getting
progress and reopening date. as the United States expanded westward. very close to Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma’s
A reconstructed log fort and some original largest lake (within the state borders). It
Downtown Muskogee is a happenin’ place buildings from the mid-1800s can be seen. attracts visitors, many with second homes
with the historic Roxy Theater and the Also you won’t want to miss the nearby Fort here, from all four directions and lake-goers
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Just wait Gibson National Cemetery. It is a lovely final will find everything from sandy beaches to
until you see how many Oklahomans have resting place for over 22,000. rocky bluffs along the 600 miles of shoreline.
been influential to the music industry. Let’s The gateway city of Eufaula provides
see, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Rentiesville (careful, blink and you’ll miss visitors with numerous dining and shopping
Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Reba it), is home to D.C. Minner’s “Dusk til Dawn venues. Don’t miss a stop at “Our Favorite
McEntire and so many others. Across the Blues Festival” each Labor Day weekend. No Place”, there are SO many treasures here.
street The Three Rivers Museum is housed kidding it goes until 5 am daily. There’s even a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
in the 1916 Midland Valley Railroad Depot. for the young and young at heart on Lake
In keeping with the military theme, The Eufaula.
Events are big-time here including the Battle of Honey Springs in nearby Checotah
wildly popular River Rumba and Cardboard is reenacted every two years. It was the

Home of the USS Batfish

HONOR HEIGHTS PARK 3500 Batfish Rd, Muskogee, OK
Open Air Butterfly Sanctuary Wed-Sat 10-6 Sun 1-6
26 Native Varieties • Children’s Garden
Butterfly Garden Habitat Thurs-Sat 10-5 Sun 1-5
Open May through September
Group Overnights & Tours Available
$3-Adults $2-Child/Senior/Military
Visit or 918.682.6294
Facebook: Butterfly Papilion at Honor Heights

Call 918-684-6303 for specific
dates of operation.

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We’ve all heard the song, but have you experienced Muskogee for Photos: Top: Katy District, Bottom Left: Fink House,
yourself? With everything from a full renaissance castle to a World Bottom Right: The Castle of Muskogee
War II Submarine, Muskogee has it all!

Located on Highway 69, just thirty miles north of I-40, Muskogee is
the perfect place to make a stop on any trip. Enjoy shopping in the
downtown KATY District (named after the original KATY Railroad)
the Depot Arts District (full of museums and nightlife) or grab a bite
at one of Muskogee’s original restaurants such as American Pie
Wood-fire Pizza or The Muskogee Brewing Company.

Do we have your attention yet? Did you know that Muskogee is
home to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, War Memorial Park,
The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Three Rivers Museum, Oklahoma
Renaissance Faire, The Muskogee Azalea Festival, The Castle of
Muskogee Halloween Festival, Garden of Lights, Castle Christmas,
The Muskogee Exchange Club Chili & BBQ Cook-off, AND Pecan
Creek Winery?! The list goes on, but we hope you get the point.
Muskogee is a place for everyone, and truly is “a place where even
squares can have a ball”.

Make plans to visit Muskogee, and plan your trip at

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Beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches spot in the Corps of Engineer Public Hunting Pleasing your palate is easy with all the
are one of the first things people notice areas for deer, turkey, ducks and wild hogs. eateries. Deli’s at the convenience stores,
at Lake Eufaula. Then the massive size numerous local flavor restaurants plus on
of Oklahoma’s largest lake sets in. With Two state parks and Corps of Engineer the water or overlooking the water dining
105,000 acres of water, there’s plenty of Campgrounds offer a variety of camping give visitors great venues for quality
room for any type of water sports. Plus, options, tent, yurts and RV’s. There are two meals. Just a few miles from the lake is
there’s the sandy beaches for building sand Good Sam Parks and private RV Parks in Oklahoma’s Little Italy, Krebs, OK. Feasting
sculptures, catching some rays or strolling the area as well. Traditional hotels/motels on great Italian food there is a must with a
along looking for treasures. and all types of rentals are available from visit to Lake Eufaula.
small one-room to luxurious elevated
Nature abounds in the 600 miles of cabins and more. Sandy beaches and sunsets are here all
shoreline. It’s a fisherman’s paradise with year long! Plus they’re free!
an abundant supply of crappie and bass. Seven marinas around the lake offer fuel,
Anglers can cast a line for catfish too or just slips and boat rentals. Several have ship For a free Guide to Lake Eufaula call
grab ‘em up noodling. Hunters can find a stores with accessories for your lake fun. 918-689-7751

Beach Bucket List

1. Build a Sand Creature
2. Catch Some Rays
3. Dance in the Sand
4. Hike Along the Sandy Shore
5. Jump the Waves
6. Make a Beach Bonfire
7. Play Beach Volleyball
8. Reel in a Fish
9. Star Gaze
10. Watch the Sunset

918.689.7751 Free on the Sandy Beaches of Lake Eufaula
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STATE HIGHWAY 51 Greenleaf

Nothing “Stil” About This Cruise

Beginning just a short distance west of significance of the area’s oil history from Passing through Tulsa a bit further east, the
the official “Green Country” area you’ll the early 20th century.
commence your Highway 51 cruise in Rose District in Broken Arrow welcomes
Stillwater, where Oklahoma State Mannford sits on the banks of Keystone
University — Go Pokes — is located. Take Lake, where it was established after the you and is a must stop for dining and
time here for Eskimo Joe’s, where this original town was to be consumed by the
iconic restaurant has been serving up tasty newly created lake in the 1960s. You’ll find entertainment. While you’re in the Rose
burgers and cheese fries for a very long a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park here along with District check out The MuseumWLiasktBeerroken
time. Heading further east, the home of the two state parks. Arrow and the Military History Center.
greatest athlete of the 20th Century, Jim
Thorpe, is located in Yale. The tiny home is Heading east, Sand Springs is the site Persimmon Hollow Village, offers weekend
just one block off the highway, and houses of two very popular events held each
memorabilia relating to him. spring - The Herbal Affair and Chillin’ and shopping in a replica old west town and
Grillin’ BBQ Festival. Nearby the Keystone
Returning to Green Country, the Tide Water Ancient Forest offers (limited) hiking days Bass Pro Shops provides most everything
Winery in Drumright, located in the historic to preserve the 500-year-old cedars and
Tidal School, offers up entertainment 300-year-old post oak trees. These may for the outdoor person and there’s dining,
and libations on a regular basis. Stop by not be the giant redwoods, but they’re still
the Drumright Historical Museum in the pretty special. The Sand Springs Cultural too. Events in Broken Arrow attract tens
restored Santa Fe Depot for a glimpse and Historical Museum - housed in a
into tLhaiskebMlaucrkra-gyold town’s past. The town beautiful art deco building - tells the story of thousands annually, from Rooster Days
is host to the annual Drumright Oil Patch of businessman Charles Page who created
Jamboree each autumn celebrating the a colony for widows and orphans while in May, to the incredible Rhema Holiday
developing this industrial city.
Green Country Oklahoma Lights, featuring over 2 million lights each

Christmas season. Lake
Coweta’s quaint dowPnintoewn area is off Bow
the highway to the weCsLrta.ekeSekignificant in the
downtown area is the Mission Bell Museum,

which began life as the First Presbyterian

Church in 1907, the year Oklahoma gained

statehood. The Museum houses historical

memorabilia. Coweta’s Fall Festival is a

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Arts • Bike Shop
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OCT Cool Grilles Collectibles & Antiques
MAY Rooster Days Night Out Against Crime Furniture • Fine Jewelry
Chalk It Up Art and Wine, Eats and Easels Fine Chocolates • Candy
Rose Festival Gifts • Decor • Floral
NOV Holiday Tea-Off Restaurants • Pubs • Gelato
JUNE Tuesdays in the Park Heart of BA Arts & Crafts Salons & Spas • Waterpark
Flag Day Ceremony Fitness • Sports Wear
DEC Christmas Parade Book Store • Vendor Malls
JULY Blue Bell Taste of Summer Wine Walk Tea Shop and Creamery
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and Join the Crowd

Festivals and events fill the days! Rooster Days, the oldest Experience the Traditions
festival in Oklahoma; Scotfest, the largest Celtic festival Experience the Music
in the region; Chalk It Up Art Festival; and street parties Experience America’s Friendliest
in award-winning Rose District. The luxury Warren
Theater; state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center; and College Town!
historical experiences at the Military History Center and
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Continuing on Highway 51 to Wagoner, PHOTO: TERI BOWERS CHEROKEE NATIONAL
there are multiple dining and shopping HISTORY MUSEUM - TAHLEQUAH
opportunities and the Wagoner City
Historical Museum. Numerous events Visit Cherokee Nation
through-out the year include the Chili Cort Mall
Bluegrass Festival each fall.
21 5 S . Musko gee Ave . , Tah le q uah, Ok l a .
In a very short while, you’ll enter the Fort
Gibson Lake area and another opportunity • The Spider Gallery •
to get “back-to-nature” at The Lodge at Authentic Cherokee art
Sequoyah State Park. Located on a peaceful, 918-4 53-5728
forested point, guests will find a multitude
of activities available - horseback riding, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
trails, tennis or maybe you’ll want to just Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
kick back and do a bit of critter watching,
mostly deer and feathered friends. Cap the
day off by catching the sun as it sets. • The Gallery Shop •
Cherokee handmade art and gifts
The thriving community of Tahlequah is
your next stop and is notable for being the 918-4 53-5728
capital of the Cherokee Nation. There are Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
several attractions to see here including
the Cherokee National History Museum Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and the Cherokee National Prison Museum,
both restored to their original grandeur. • Kawi C afé •
Tahlequah is also the site of the annual Gourmet coffee, breakfast and lunch
Red Fern Festival held the last weekend
in April and the Cherokee National Holiday 918-4 58 -6114
occurring each Labor Day weekend. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nearby Hunter’s Home in Park Hill was • Th e G allery – A rt s C o unci l of Tahle q uah •
the home built by George Murrell upon his Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
arrival in the area, as a result of the forced Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
removal of the Cherokee from the eastern
United States. Murrell, who married the
niece of the Cherokee principal chief John
Ross, loved fox hunting and thus Hunter’s

Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River, which
flows into Tenkiller are always popular
recreation areas. Visitors come from
around the region to kayak and float the
Illinois and scuba diving is quite prominent
at Lake Tenkiller. Numerous resorts, cabins
and state parks offer a wide variety of

Our final Highway 51 community is
Stilwell, you’ll want to plan your journey
to arrive here during the annual Strawberry
Festival each May; strawberries and ice
cream, what a treat.

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Explore the rolling countryside of northeast includes a total of five museums, seven gift through its most critical times, including the
Oklahoma, and get to know the largest tribal shops and two welcome centers. Many are Trail of Tears and the American Civil War. The
nation in the United States. within walking distance of each other, and museum sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery,
others are just a short drive away. where Ross and other notable Cherokee
Begin your journey at the Cherokee National citizens are buried.
History Museum, located inside the iconic Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National
Cherokee National Capitol building in Supreme Court Museum is the oldest public Only an hour’s drive away in Sallisaw, Oklahoma,
Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Built in 1869, the building in Oklahoma. The museum features Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum welcomes more
building housed the Nation’s executive, judicial exhibits on the Cherokee judicial system, the than 12,000 visitors each year. The popular
and legislative offices until 1906 and was Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix tourist attraction was the home of legendary
most recently home to the Cherokee Nation newspapers, and the Cherokee language. statesman and inventor of the Cherokee
Supreme Court. syllabary, Sequoyah. The museum features the
Just down the street, the Cherokee National original log cabin constructed by Sequoyah in
The museum provides an overview of Cherokee Prison Museum showcases how law and 1829, along with large displays that share his
Nation’s history from pre-European contact order operated in Indian Territory. As the only story and provide information about Cherokee
through the Trail of Tears and the revitalization penitentiary in Indian Territory from 1875 Old Settlers, Cherokee Nation post-removal
of the tribe after the American Civil War. The to 1901, the interpretive site now features and the Cherokee Nation today.
powerful and inspiring stories are supported by exhibits about famous prisoners, daring
artifact loans from the Smithsonian Institution, escapes and much more. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and
Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma Historical history of the Cherokee Nation by planning a
Society and Cherokee National Archives. Minutes away in Park Hill, the John Ross customized and authentic experience.
Museum shares the life and legacy of Principal
The museum is the newest addition to the Chief John Ross. Ross served in his position for
tribe’s robust cultural tourism offerings, which more than 38 years and led Cherokee Nation






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Explore the rich history of the Cherokee people at the Cherokee
Heritage Center, the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history,
culture and the arts. Located in Park Hill, Oklahoma, CHC shares the
collective histories of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes,
including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, United Keetoowah
Band of Cherokee Indians and the largest tribe in the United States,
the Cherokee Nation.

Outdoor living exhibits bring history to life of forced removal in the Trail of Tears west of the Mississippi and is listed on the
by providing an immersive opportunity for exhibit. The permanent exhibit features National Register of Historic Places.
guests to experience what Cherokee life six galleries that recount life before,
looked like throughout history. Visit the during and after the harrowing period that Experience Cherokee culture firsthand
heritage center’s ancient village, Diligwa, followed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, through special exhibits and cultural
which provides an authentic re-creation of which led to the death of about 4,000 classes or plan a group tour or cultural field
Cherokee life in the early 1700s, followed Cherokees. trip. Each visit can be customized to include
by Adams Corner Rural Village, which interactive storytelling or hands-on activities
represents Cherokee life in the 1890s just The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated such as basketry, pottery, cornhusk dolls
before Oklahoma statehood. on the grounds of the original Cherokee and more.
Female Seminary, which was one of the first
Inside the heritage center, visitors will institutions of higher learning for women For more information or to plan your
learn about the devastating effects visit, please call 918-456-6007 or visit



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Lake Copan Wyandotte
Hulah Lake

Kaw Lake Shidler Dewey
11 Bluestem Lake 75 Nowata Afton Grand
Vinita Lake
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Oil Barons and Great Plains

Begin your Highway 60 travels in Mansion. This unique museum focuses on Shidler is just a few miles east of Kaw
Ponca City, one of Oklahoma’s noted the accomplishments of Oklahoma women Lake where there’s a little oasis you might
oil communities. There are many “must and their influence on Oklahoma and the check out. Molly Bivin has created Bivin
sees” here, so you’ll need a day or two rest of the country. The winning entry of Garden over the past few decades, a lovely
to visit everything. The Grand Home and the contest to showcase these women is garden on this Osage County high prairie.
the Marland Mansion, both homes built transformed into a much larger than life Take a stroll or just sit and be pensive, this
by E.W. Marland, are windows in time – bronze that welcomes you to the Museum. peaceful garden’s only disturbance is an
times of lavish spending by early oil men. occasional hawk screeching high above.
The Grand Home, Marland’s first, built The next stop in Ponca is the Standing (Open May-September.)
over one hundred years ago, not only had Bear Museum. This lovely setting features
a central vacuum system but also the first a bronze of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and Continue east on the Osage Nation Heritage
indoor pool in Oklahoma. The basement is is a tribute to all Native Americans. You’ll Byway (Highway 60) to Pawhuska, the
a “treasure trove” of all things pertaining to want to hear the story of this Chief and his capital of the Osage Nation. The Osage
the massive 110,000 acre, 101 Ranch, at people, it will certainly tug at your heart Nation Museum is located here as is the
one time the largest ranch in America. You’ll strings. southern entrance to the massive Tall Grass
want to observe the miniature diorama Prairie Preserve. The Preserve’s 39,000
of the central ranch area from all sides, If time permits check out the Wentz Pool acres is owned and managed by the Nature
unfortunately none of the original ranch and Camp, built in 1928 and located high Conservancy and a sizeable and growing
remains today. From the Grand Home you’ll above Lake Ponca. The setting, dramatic herd of bison—2,500—graze this largest
visit Marland’s next home, if you can call it architectural style and size, scream out for tract of remaining tall grass prairie in the
that. It’s a 43,000 plus sq. ft., 4-story, 55- a Gatsby Party, don’t you think? Then stop world.
room mansion built in 1928. The massive by the Poncan Theatre, a treat for those
grounds of this “Palace on the Prairie” are interested in historic “movie houses.” Pawhuska also has the distinction of hosting
lovely year round and the tantalizing story The Cavalcade each summer; it’s the world’s
of Mr. Marland and his family is the stuff From Ponca City, and a bit off of Highway largest amateur rodeo. World champion
movies are made of and yes, there is one. 60, you’ll visit one of the largest lakes in the rodeo cowboy and Academy Award winning
area, Kaw Lake, a definite playground for actor Ben Johnson hails from these parts
Next on the list is the Pioneer Woman Statue locals and visitors alike. Special activities and Food Network star Ree Drummond (The
& Museum, just down the street from the here include eagle watching in January and Pioneer Woman) calls Pawhuska her home.
trail rides through the year - giddy-up go! Her popular venture, “The Mercantile”

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PRICE TOWER - BARTLESVILLE serves up food and treasures to guests dinner and drinks complete with sweeping
from near and far. Let “The Mercantile” be views of the surrounding countryside. This
your jumping-off point to Pawhuska’s other art-deco sky scraper is affectionately known
shops and attractions, and that includes as “the tree that escaped the forest” and
the Immaculate Conception Church. is certainly a must-see on your Oklahoma
The magnificent stained glass windows bucket list. The Price Tower Museum
depicting ancestors of current Osage showcases a variety of exhibits year-round.
residents, were crafted almost 100 years
ago in Munich for this “Cathedral on the Other attractions include the Frank Phillips
Osage”. They are breathtaking, especially Home (Phillips 66), the Phillips Petroleum
so on a sunny day. (Prior arrangement.) Co. Museum and the Bartlesville Area
History Museum. The annual OKM Music
A scenic route to Bartlesville takes you Festival features world-wide talent during
by Osage Hills State Park, where cabins, its multi-day run each June.
RV and tent sites are available. There are
1,100 acres to roam and explore; fishing You really never know you’ve left Bartlesville
and boat rentals are also available. and arrived in Dewey. Another of Green
Country’s quaint towns is home to the Tom
Bartlesville offers so many activities and Mix Museum and the historic Dewey Hotel
attractions you’ll once again need to stay (accommodations are no longer available).
for a night or two. The iconic Price Tower, Handsome Tom Mix was King of the
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is front and Cowboys, sheriff of Dewey, silent movie star
center in the downtown core and welcomes and the namesake of the annual Tom Mix
overnight guests at the Inn; the Copper Festival and Western Heritage Weekend.
Restaurant and Bar high atop the Inn serves The Museum houses items related to Tom


Step into the fascinating life of a farmer, a vintner,
a cowboy, or outdoorsman, and find yourself in the
adventure of a lifetime with an agritourism experience.
With so much to do, no two days are alike. Relax from
the city noise, bundle up, breathe in the brisk air and
let your worries melt away around the warmth of an
evening campfire. Now is the moment to discover
your perfect agri-adventure. Start your journey at

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including a replica of his trusty steed Tony; a theater shows many of THE MARLAND ESTATES
his films. Shopping is delightful in this quaint community.
Ponca City Palaces On The Prairie
Moving on east to Nowata, the J. Wood Glass Mansion, just a block
from downtown is a lovely multi-story, elegantly furnished home that E.W. MARLAND ESTATE
is especially popular during the Christmas season. More glass, as in
stained glass windows, is found in the historic Presbyterian Church. 901 Monument Road, Ponca City, OK
They were imported from Europe and are every bit as beautiful Open Daily
today as they were in 1912.
Top off your Nowata visit to a local favorite burger joint housed in the 1000 East Grand, Ponca City, OK
Historic Train Depot. Open Tue-Sat 10 am - 5 pm

The countryside begins to transform from the plains to more
forested areas as you arrive in Vinita. A community on Route 66,
the “Mother Road”, where places to check out include Clanton’s
Café and the Eastern Trails Museum for a glimpse at the area’s
history. If you’re really lucky perhaps you’ll be in Vinita during the
annual “Vinita Route 66 Festival” each June. Continuing east, Darryl
Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame at Afton showcases
some out-of-this-world vehicles. Last stop on Highway 60 takes
you from out of this world to largest in the world, it’s the annual
Oklahoma D-Day paintball event at Wyandotte each June, where
4,000 players track each other over 600 acres of varied terrain for
a week. Certainly sounds like fun, don’t you think? Call it a day at
Indigo Sky Casino and Resort. Voted the “Very Best Casino” it has all
the amenities you need. Stay, play, win, dine and relax.

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Ponca City was created in true Oklahoma fashion during the land runs of the
late 1800’s. On September 16, 1893, homesteaders lined up for a race to
claim one of the 160-acre farm sites in the area surrounding what became
Ponca City.

Early in the spring of 1893, B. S. Barnes, having heard that the Cherokee
Strip was to be opened for settlement, headed for Arkansas City with the
hope of building a new city in this frontier area. Barnes had sold his furniture
manufacturing plant in Adrian, Michigan, desiring to make his fortune on “The

After driving for many days, with a team and buggy, over what is now referred
to as the counties of Kay, Grant, Garfield, and Noble, he observed a wagon
road in Kay County, that ran from Arkansas City southward and crossed the
Arkansas river at a point one mile south of the present Arkansas river bridge
near Ponca City. The B & M ford was located at this point, and had been used
for years as a buggy and wagon crossing. About a mile northeast of the ford on
the same wagon road, was a spring.

The fact that the spring was a good water source and was located on the main
road to the Osage County, caused Barnes to decide that near this point was
the logical site for his contemplated city. Barnes went back to Arkansas City
to announce the location of the new city and to organize the Ponca Townsite

On September 21st, four days after the Oklahoma Land Run, surveyors
completed surveying the selected section of land into streets and lots, and
the lot drawing began. And such was the beginning of Ponca City! Certificates
for lots in Ponca City were sold by the Ponca Townsite Company for $2 each
and each certificate was good for either one business lot or one residential
lot. Over 2,300 certificates were sold. A little girl drew the cards from a box
placed on Grand Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets. From these drawings
attendants recorded the certificate owners’ names and lot selections in large
bound books. This is believed to be the first instance of a new city being started
with a town lot drawing. It took two days to complete the drawings and Ponca
City was born.

(Adapted in part from “The Last Run,” written by the Ponca City Chapter of
the DAR.)

Ponca City is also known for oil, and with oil came money. Money that left its
indelible mark on our community -- beautiful golf courses, posh hotels, lavish
homes, rich gardens, a grand theatre -- an elegant legacy upon which our
citizens today continue to build.

Visit Ponca City Today!

Photos: Marland Mansion; Marland Grand Home; Pioneer Woman
Statue - Pioneer Woman Museum; Standing Bear Monument; Poncan

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house drinking and dining establishments.

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