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Miami Visitors Guide 2016

Tourism Guide




Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Premier Vaudeville Theatre TABLE OF CONTENTS
of Oklahoma
2 Welcome to Miami 22 Map
Exceptional 3 Demographics & Facts 24 Sports
Entertainment 4 History 26 Activities & Recreation
6 Itineraries 29 Arts & Culture
For All Tastes & Ages 10 Coleman Theatre & Ballroom 30 Shopping
12 Historic Route 66 32 Services
Theatre Organ Performances 14 Area Attractions 33 Local Neighbors
Miami Little Theater Shows 16 Meet In Miami 34 Restaurants
Children’s Special Events 18 Events 35 Reunite in Miami
19 Entertainment 36 Accommodations
Receptions & Meetings 20 Casinos 38 Northeastern Oklahoma
Country & Western Acts 21 Native American Tribes
Route 66 & Bus Tours A&M College

Holiday Celebrations TOURISM PARTNERS
Jazz & Dance Bands
Recitals & Pageants Oklahoma Travel & Recreation Department • 800.652.6552
Mystery Tours
Ballet & Opera Grand Lake Association
Special Events • 866.588.4726
Silent Movies
Green Country Marketing Association
Weddings • 800.922.2118
Tours by
Donation: Oklahoma Route 66 Association • 405.258.0008
Tues-Fri 10-4
Sat 10-2 Oklahoma Travel Industry Association • 405.941.1121
The Miami Visitors Guide is published as an informative guide for visitors. • 103 N. Main • Miami, OK Every effort is made to ensure accuracy.

Photos provided courtesy: Gary Crow; Jim Ellis, MNR; City of Miami; NEO
A&M College; Megan Frazier Photography; Metro Bride; Artistic Expressions

Photography; Tim Wemple Photography & Associates

Welcome to
Miami, Oklahoma!

On behalf of the Advisory Board and staff of the Miami The Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is a full service
Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), I want to welcome bureau with experienced staff members who are eager to attract
you to Northeast Oklahoma. You will see many extraordinary visitors from around the world to the Miami community. If you are
attractions and opportunities to explore as you continue through looking for a great location to host a conference, sports tournament,
our guide. small market meeting, group tour, reunion or other group activity,
our staff can be a great asset. Receive personal assistance for your
One of the highlights of tourism in Northeast Oklahoma is the event with…
historic Coleman Theatre. This opulent structure was opened
in 1929 and has never been dark. George L. Coleman, Sr. had a Accommodations Selection • Itinerary Planning • Site Visits
love for vaudeville theatre and spared no expense in building the Welcome Booths • Calendar of Events • Tours & Step-on Guide
Coleman Theatre. Today, thousands of visitors from around the
world experience what has been named both the “Crown Jewel Group Rates • Maps & Other Brochures • Media Support
of Route 66” and “Oklahoma’s Premier Vaudeville Palace.” Transportation Coordination • Goodie Bag Program
Theatre tours and special events are scheduled throughout the Welcome Letters from Local Officials
year. The new Ballroom & Conference Center provides a great
location for a small group meeting or special event. ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Ron Gilbert | Brett Wisdom | Shanda Schertz | Brian Forrester
Miami is home to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
As one of the top 2-year colleges in the nation, NEO prides itself Jennifer Hessee | Gary Crow | Neal Johnson, Chairman
on offering a quality education at a very affordable cost. As a
graduate of NEO, I encourage anyone interested in a college CITY MANAGER
education to seriously look at the campus. NEO is the heartbeat Dean Kruithof
of Miami and an important factor in our economic growth.
Route 66 was designated in 1926. Miami is proud to have Amanda Davis — Executive Director
the longest Main Street on this historic highway and also claims Sherry Spillers — Tourism Sales Coordinator
the oldest stretch of the original 9 foot highway, “Ribbon Road,” Lauren Hart — Sports & Event Coordinator
just south of Miami.
Stacie Phillips — Office Assistant
I have lived in this area my entire life and am proud to call it Kara Hemphill — Office Assistant
home. I invite you to experience Miami and Northeast Oklahoma Ann Gilbert — Distribution Volunteer
for yourself. The CVB is here to serve as a resource and we
are ready to assist you as you plan your trip to Miami. If you Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
are bringing in a bus or motorcycle group, a conference or 101 N Main St (corner of Coleman Theatre) • Miami, OK 74354
new event, our staff is available to help with accommodation
selection, sample itineraries, welcome bags and much more. 918.542.4435 • 918.542.4546 (fax) •
Please feel free to contact the CVB with questions or for
assistance in planning by calling 918.542.4435.

Amanda K. Davis, Executive Director
Miami CVB

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Ottawa County Seat Miami Regional Airport
Total Area: 9.8 sq mi 918.541.2290 Average Temperature: 59 degrees
Total Land: 9.7 sq mi Average Maximum: 70 degrees
Total Water: 0.1 sq mi Pelivan Transit Service Average Minimum: 47 degrees
918.542.1356 Highest: 116 degrees
Elevation: 794 ft (7/14/54—Miami)
Density: 1,258.7 sq ft Miami Trolley Service Lowest: -25 degrees
Time Zone: Central 918.542.1356 (1/22/30—Miami)
Area Codes: 539/918 Days of 90 degrees or higher: 58
ABC Cab Service
ROADS INTO MIAMI 918.533.4093 Days of 32 degrees or lower: 83.3
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Average Annual Precipitation: 44.85
State Routes—10, 125 918.541.9967 Wettest Year: 66.90 inches (1973)
U.S. Routes—59, 66, 69 Jefferson Lines Bus Station
(Missouri) 417.623.2500 Driest Year: 19.89 inches (1963)
Interstate—44 Greatest Daily Rainfall:
DEMOGRAPHICS 18.81 inches (7/18/11—Miami)
City—3.65% Average Wind Speed: 8 mph
Miami Population—13,570 County—1.35% Average Humidity: 72%
Ottawa County
State—4.5% — 918.542.4435 — 3
Population—31,848 Total—9.5%
30-Mile Population Radius City Hotel Tax—5%

of Miami—275,000


T HE TOWN OF MIAMI BEGAN WITH A DREAM, Lead and zinc were first discovered in the area in 1905. Mining
a partnership and a Congressional Act. Wayland C. Lykins, operations were running by 1907 in the “Commerce Field,” and
the son of a missionary to the Peoria Indians, came to the area to had extended to the “Picher and Cardin Fields” in 1915–1916.
raise cattle in the 1890s. He had a dream of a cattle empire with Miami became the gateway to these mining fields and therefore
Miami as the hub. Continuing to follow his dreams, Lykins went to mining became a dominant part of Miami’s growth. The need
Washington D.C. for congressional approval of a town site. It was for training of mining engineers resulted in the School of Mines
only after Thomas Richardville, scholarly chief of the Miami Tribe opening in 1919, eventually evolving into present day Northeastern
and friend of Lykins, spoke to U.S. Indian Commissioner that the Oklahoma A&M College.
township patent was approved. The Ottawa Tribe sold 588 acres
for the town and the first lot was sold to Dr. W.I. McWilliams in June By 1909, modern Miami had 9 miles of cement sidewalks, one
of 1891. Dr. McWilliams received the first deed to a white man in 3-story brick hotel, three bakeries, three newspapers, a modern
Indian Territory and the town was named Miami, “My-Am-Uh,” waterworks system, a modern equipped fire department, electric
after the Miami Indians. lights, ice plant, 13 churches, two railroads, three banks, planing
Miami grew from a population of 300 that first year to around mills, lumber yards and splendid public schools. With the burst
2,500 by 1902. Many factors contributed to its growth. The rolling of mining, the prairie town Lykins envisioned was becoming a
prairie was good pasture land for cattle and the area was becoming booming trade center.
widely known for its shipments of hay. The first train arrived in
Miami on September 12, 1896, the Kansas City-Ft. Scott-Memphis
Railroad, which connected Miami to Baxter Springs, Kansas. This
line continued until 1900 when it was extended south to Afton to
meet the Frisco mainline.

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A vaudeville theatre and movie palace, “The Coleman Theatre Today, Miami is a thriving community with a proud past. With
Beautiful,” opened to a full house of 1,600 on April 18, 1929. Built roots from before statehood, Miami has seen many changes.
by George L. Coleman, Sr., local mining magnate, the opulent Agriculture, trade, mining, education and industry have all played
structure with Spanish Mission Revival exterior and Louis XV a role in Miami’s past progress. We look forward to experiencing
interior design dazzled the audiences. From that day forward, the Miami’s future growth and development.
Coleman has never been dark.

The Pensacola Dam was constructed from 1938–1940 across
nearby Grand (or Neosho) River at the Grand River Valley. This
dam provided both electricity to the area and jobs for many during
the hard times of the Great Depression. The damming of the river
created Grand Lake ‘O the Cherokees, providing recreational
activities for people living in the area and visitors.

Manufacturing, on a large scale, came to Miami in 1946, with the
opening of the B.F. Goodrich Miami Plant. Soon to follow were Blue
Manufacturing Company opening in 1953 and U.S. Metal Container
moving to Miami in 1955. Many manufacturers still call Miami

Located in the northern part of town is the G.A.R. (Grand Army
of the Republic) Cemetery, which includes Civil War era gravesites.
Historic Route 66 is still Main St. here in Miami, and many
downtown buildings are originals from the early 1900s. Nine Native
American tribes are located in or near Miami; Quapaw, Wyandotte,
Modoc, Miami, Seneca-Cayuga, Ottawa, Eastern Shawnee, Peoria,
and Shawnee. The Dobson Museum, located near downtown,
displays local Indian artifacts and has over 5,000 historical items.

Tourism has become a huge part of the growth of this
community. Indian Gaming Facilities and a new Motorcycle Museum
on Historic Route 66 have contributed to the increase in traffic to
Miami. As spring rolls around each year, spoonbill fishermen arrive
in town early to claim a spot along the banks of the Neosho River.
Most mornings, hundreds are lined up attempting the perfect snag
of a spoonbill, sometimes called paddlefish. — 918.542.4435 — 5

SamIpTleINERARIES Food, Film & Fun

Miami: Route 66 Roundabout Spend the evening at the beautiful, historic Coleman Theatre
known as the “Crown Jewel of Route 66.” This theatre has been
Day 1 catching the eye of visitors on Route 66 since 1929. Built as a
vaudeville theatre and movie palace, it hosted appearances by many
The Dobson Museum is home to thousands of historical artifacts, early stars including
treasures, and Native American belongings that are sacred to Ottawa Will Rogers, Bob Hope,
County. You will also want to tour the Dobson Home, recently added and Bing Crosby. It
to the National Registry of Historic Places. has been restored
to its original glory
Just a block away is the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle including the return of
Museum, home to a large the “Mighty Wurlitzer”
Evel Knievel collection. pipe organ.
The museum is full of
vintage motorcycles and After a guided
memorabilia. This place is tour, enjoy dinner in
truly one of a kind. Allow the newly renovated
extra time to browse the ballroom, then head down to the theatre for a private movie showing
store for that special Route such as “McLintock,” “Road To Bali,” “His Girl Friday” and many
66 souvenir or gift. And more. Reservations are required for the Food, Film & Fun package.

while there, step outside and take a picture of the new Gateway Sign. Day 2
This replica sign was originally erected in the 1900s. It’s a perfect
place to “Get Your Kicks” on Route 66. Head north about five miles to Commerce, to the boyhood home
of baseball legend and American Hero, Mickey Mantle. His father
Ladies, be sure to stop by Colleen’s. Located next door to the
Coleman Theatre, this quaint, wonderful, little dress shop is chock- and grandfather started
full of beautiful fashions, jewelry, and accessories. Visitors will love training him around the
the hands-on experience at Artworx, a new art studio on Route 66 age of five, pitching to
that offers fun for the entire family. Downtown has antique shopping him while he stood in
stores, jewelry stores and much more. Step into Chapters Bookstore front of their barn—you
for some Starbucks coffee and browse their fabulous inventory of can still see the dents
specialty gifts and accessories. The Angel Wings Jewelry store has and dings in the old tin
unique items, be sure to stop in after you finish your tour of the building that served as
theatre. his backstop.

Lunch Return to Miami to
visit the Ribbon Road, the last original section of Route 66. Walk
Take off for lunch at the along this historic pavement put in place before Route 66 was even
famous Waylan’s Ku-Ku named.
Burger. The last of its kind, the
Ku-Ku has become an icon on Drive south to Grove, on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees or spend
Route 66. The restaurant is some time on campus at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and
full of Route 66 memorabilia take in the new Charles Banks Wilson Art Gallery.
and is home to a giant ku-ku
clock. Make sure to get a delicious Cyclone or Flavor Burst ice cream Ready to challenge Lady Luck? Miami serves as the hub for
cone on your way out. Miami has over 40 food establishments to casino entertainment in NE Oklahoma with 13 area casinos. Live
serve any appetite and many offer catering and unique fun menus. concerts are regularly scheduled. Area Tribes hold annual Pow-
wows in the summer months, an ideal time to visit Miami for those
interested in Native American culture.

To schedule your group, contact the

Miami CVB at 918.542.4435.

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Celebrity Park at the Coleman Theatre

Walk outside the gorgeous ballroom lobby at the Coleman Theatre
and you enter “Celebrity Park,” a serene “pocket park” with a fountain
and benches. It is a nice place to sit, read and enjoy a cup of coffee.

It received its name when five individuals were selected for the
“Wall of Fame.” All five were Miami residents, achieved high levels
of professional accomplishment and contributed to the community of
Miami. Since then, two more worthy individuals have been added to
the “Wall of Fame.”


Charles Banks Wilson: A renowned artist and teacher, Moscelyne Larkin: A Native American, she began
he began his career as a teenager making posters for her dancing career as a small child on the Coleman
the Coleman Theatre shows where he sketched his now stage. At the age of 15, she joined the Original
famous painting of Will Rogers live on the Coleman stage. Ballet Russe as a soloist and then a ballerina,
He became head of the Art Department at Northeastern touring throughout the world. She and her husband,
Oklahoma A&M College. Today, many of his paintings, Roman, formed the Tulsa Civic Ballet and School,
lithographs and drawings are displayed in the Smithsonian now called the Tulsa Ballet Theatre. She was one
Institute in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York of the world-famous “Five Indian Ballerinas.” Larkin and four others
City, the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Tulsa Gilcrease Museum of Art. helped the world recognize the professional talent in ballet dance in
America and helped establish the New York Ballet Company. She was
David Froman: Discovered his love of theatre while inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1978.
simultaneously earning a master’s degree from Pittsburg
State University. He later received his doctorate from Dr. Nick Calcagno: A renowned painter, sculptor
Kansas University and moved to New York City to pursue and author, he graduated from St. Bonaventure
a career in acting. He was soon cast as the evil character University, earned a M.A. from Seton Hall University
“Gunther” on the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and and a Ph.D. from Western Colorado University. An
later landed a recurring role in the NBC series “Matlock” educator for 39 years, he was a beloved professor at
with Andy Griffith. He returned to teach part-time at Northeastern Oklahoma NEO A&M College, having retired as the chairman of
A&M College and to act with Miami Little Theatre on the Coleman stage for the Fine Arts Department. His artistry is exemplified
many years. in his large sculptures such as those of the Golden Norseman on the
NEO campus and of Steve Owens in the University of Oklahoma’s
Steve Owens: A top football star, Owens had a record Heisman Park. His piece depicting Mickey Mantle has been displayed
of 4,000 yards rushing at Miami High School. He went in the Smithsonian Museum. His murals of historic people, places and
on to star at the University of Oklahoma. At OU, he events are enjoyed throughout Northeast Oklahoma.
received numerous honors and awards, culminating in
the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1969. He was drafted David Osborne: A Miami native and MHS graduate
in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft by the Detroit of 1976, he received his B.A. from Oral Roberts
Lions and was named to the NFL’s All-Pro team in 1971. University, studied graduate piano and organ
In 1991, Owens was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the at Indiana University and earned his M.A. from
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Pittsburg State University. A Steinway Artist, he
gained the title “Pianist to the Presidents,” having
Steve & Cassie Gaines: Miamians Steve and Cassie entertained U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald
Gaines were musicians and singers for the legendary rock Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack
band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cassie was an original member of Obama at events at the White House and elsewhere on numerous
the “Honkettes,” the female back-up singers for the band. occasions. He has been a featured pianist in Las Vegas for more than
She helped get her brother Steve an audition. Steve wrote 18 years, both at Caesars Palace and at The Bellagio. The Los Angeles
some of the famous songs for the band’s 1977 album Music Awards organization has honored David with the Hollywood
“Street Survivors.” The siblings died in a plane crash on Fame Award, Concert Pianist of the Year and the prestigious Lifetime
Oct. 20, 1977, while touring with the band. Achievement Award. — 918.542.4435 — 7

Beach Balls & Homerun Let’s Go Girls!
Tour In “Miami”
Day 1—Arrive in Miami for
This tour has become an Oklahoma favorite! In a “Girls Only” night of fun & laughter. Enjoy wine tasting and take
My-am-uh, we don’t have beaches, but offer in a concert at the casino or a special performance at the Historic
a unique experience your clients will never Coleman Theatre.
forget. Tie the fun “Miami
vs. My-am-uh” trick into Day 2—After breakfast at the hotel, hit
your package and finish the ground running and enjoy downtown
it off with our Mickey shopping for antique and specialty
Mantle Tour. In nearby items. As lunch nears, get ready for an
Commerce, the boyhood atmosphere of beauty and elegance as
home of baseball’s you dine in the Coleman’s new gorgeous
favorite #7 is available Ballroom. After lunch, relax as top beauty experts
for group tours. The high offer pedicures, manicures, massages, facials and more. Special
school’s baseball team packages are available for your group. For those with sports and
plays on Mickey Mantle Field and outdoors on their mind, you can break off and enjoy a round of
a 9 ft bronze statue of Mick is on-site. golf. Spend the evening dining at one of Miami’s finest restaurants
or your group may prefer a catered meal in a private setting. If
This package is also filled your group has a creative side, you may request an afternoon of
with unique historical sites scrapbooking or Clay Station/Artworx.
and opportunities that make
Miami, Oklahoma a true Day 3—Wake up and feel refreshed and ready to set the date for
Northeast OK Destination. your return. Go ahead, be a Getaway Girl!

Guys Only
Paddlefish Excursion


Except when paddlefish/spoonbill fish are involved! Whether your
fishing group visits for one day - three days or 2 weeks - we want to
help plan your guys’ getaway.

As Spoonbill Fishing capital of Oklahoma, Miami has become a favorite
destination for groups. We have friends in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Kentucky and Colorado,
to name a few, who visit each year during March & April. With our close proximity to the Spoonbill cleaning station and
great hotel rates, you will find our location perfect for your next catch!

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Miami Historical Tour DOBSONMUSEUM

(G.A.R.) Cemetery
The Dobson Family Legacy
G.A.R. CEMETERY • 918.541.2288
2801 N. Main St • Miami, OK 74354 The Dobson Museum operated by the Ottawa County Historical Society
is open Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The artifacts are
John Beaver (1855–1928) owned by the Ottawa County Historical Society and highlight past Ottawa
Second Chief Of The Quapaw Indians County life, mining, military, Native Americans, famous residents, industry
including a permanent B.F. Goodrich exhibit.
“Booger Red” (Samuel Thomas Privett, Jr.) (1864–1924)
The Dobson Home built in 1915-16 is an extension of the museum and
B.F.T.S. #3 British Cadets (1941–1945) open for tours and rental for events. The Dobson family furniture remains
in the house today. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic
Atha Josephine Cardin (1872–1892) Places.
Oldest Marked Grave In G.A.R. Cemetery
The gardens at the Dobson Memorial Center surround the home and
Wm Calvin (Cal) Campbell (1873–1934) are continued in the museum courtyard. From spring through fall there is
Killed By Bonnie & Clyde a steady show of color from the many perennials and annuals in bloom.
Volunteers from the Ottawa County Historical Society maintain the many
Mrs. F.M. (Frances) Hill (1892–1982) beds. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the gardens.

Elvin “Mutt” (1912–1952) & Lovell (1904–1995) Mantle Groups can make reservations for tours outside of normal business
(Parents of Mickey Mantle) hours. Contact Jordan Boyd at [email protected] or by phone at
George L. Coleman, Sr. (1859–1945)

Nellie Dobson (1885–1968) — 918.542.4435 — 9

The Coleman Theatre Beautiful

The Coleman Theatre is dedicated to providing quality arts and Although the theatre transitioned from a vaudeville theatre to a movie
educational programming that fosters appreciation and community house over the years, it has never been “dark.” Among the many
pride, while maintaining and promoting the historic significance of stars who have performed on the Coleman Theatre stage are Will
the theatre. Located on Route 66 and nestled in the northeast corner Rogers, Tom Mix, Sally Rand, Bing Crosby, Jim Thorpe, the magician
of Oklahoma, the Coleman Theatre Beautiful is a beacon for tourists Harry Blackstone and Moscelyne Larkin.
from around the world. Programming ranges from
ballets and operas to country and western acts A favorite stop on a tour of the Coleman is a
to jazz and dance bands. Silent movies with the visit to the Coleman Ballroom. The original plans
“Mighty Wurlitzer” providing the music and sound for the facility included a ballroom, however,
effects continue to draw large crowds. when construction was completed in 1929, it was
never finished. The ballroom was an open space
Visitors from around the world flock to the of plastered walls and ceilings. It was used over
historic vaudeville theatre to experience the the years by the Masons, as a place for building
Spanish Colonial Mission-style exterior and sets and for local artist Charles Banks Wilson to
the Louis XV interior. They marvel at the use of paint the murals that are in the Oklahoma State
gargoyles, dolphins, cherubs and faces throughout the facility. The Capitol rotunda. Wilson’s studio was located across the street from
theatre still holds its original pipe organ. The “Mighty Wurlitzer” the Coleman Theatre, but was not large enough to hold the massive
calls to people. The Coleman Theatre Beautiful guestbook reads paintings. Today, the ballroom plays host to weddings, receptions,
like a geography text book with the number of different countries reunions, conferences and celebrations.
represented. And, all of those visitors have done their homework.
How do we know that? Because they all want to hear the organ. The
organ was built in 1928 and delivered for installation on Feb. 21,
1929. It sold for $35,000 in 1929 and is the only Wurlitzer organ built
in 1928 that is in its original home.

The theatre, built by George L. Coleman Sr., was built in less
than a year at a cost of $600,000. The Coleman Theatre opened on
April 18, 1929, to a full house of 1,600, each paying $1.00 per ticket.

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A wedding in the historic Coleman Theatre Beautiful
in Miami, Oklahoma is a dream come true. The staff is
committed to catering to your needs in a unique and
elegant environment while making your special day a truly
significant affair. The Coleman Ballroom offers a gorgeous
setting in which to host your guests. Whether you are
expecting a guest list of 25 or a grand reception for up to
300, the memories from your wedding and reception at the
Coleman will last a lifetime.

With the convenience of numerous hotels and
restaurants nearby, all your expectations will be satisfied.
You and your guests will feel comfortable while receiving
professional and friendly attention from our enthusiastic
staff. With other venues to choose from in the 4-state
region and Northeast Oklahoma, your event at the historic
Coleman Theatre Beautiful is guaranteed to stand out!

Contact the Coleman at 918.540.2425 to schedule a
consultation with our event coordinator. — 918.542.4435 — 11

H istoric

An important attraction running directly through the heart of
Miami is Historic Route 66. With a deep history as America’s
most beloved highway, Route 66 has played a large part in the
history of Oklahoma and Ottawa County. Often referred to as
the “Birthplace of Route 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 serve as
the Gateway into Oklahoma for all those traveling the mother
Just outside of Miami is the last section of the original nine
foot wide “Ribbon Road.” It is listed as an Oklahoma National
Historic Landmark.
Although a part of the Historic Highway, this section predates
Route 66, having been built in the early 1920s. Legend has it
that when the road was built, Oklahoma’s budget
was tight, so rather than covering half the mileage,
they covered half the width. This remarkable piece of
vintage pavement zigzags for 13 miles between Miami
and Afton. Another small section of the original road lies
farther south in Narcissa.
When planning your trip to Miami, make sure to take
in all the attractions, both unique and historical, so you will
understand why they sing, “Life is a Highway.” Enjoy your drive!

Mileage to Neighboring Cities on Route 66

Tulsa .........................................................................90
Sapulpa.................................................................... 102
Stroud...................................................................... 138
Chandler................................................................... 150
Arcadia..................................................................... 175
Oklahoma City..........................................................195
El Reno.....................................................................222
Elk City.....................................................................305

Area Charles Banks Wilson Art Gallery
ATTRACTIONS Oklahoma Hall of Fame Artist

NEO A&M College, Kah-Ne-You-Ah Hall
200 I. Street NE, Miami, OK 74354

Dobson Memorial Center—Home and Museum Famed Miamian Charles Banks Wilson, is seen working on one of
the four historical murals he painted for the Oklahoma State Capitol
110 A. Street SW, Miami, OK 74354 dome. Because of the murals’ gigantic size, the empty room over
Sun, Wed, Fri 1pm–4pm • 918.542.5388 • the Coleman Theatre Beautiful was the perfect place to do this
work. During the process, Wilson—who is known worldwide for his
Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum art and is in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame—invited the public to climb
the old stairs and watch him paint. He was known for his extensive
128 South Main Street, Miami, OK 74354 research and loved to share that knowledge with anyone who
Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–5pm; Sun Noon–5pm visited. The four murals depicting Oklahoma’s history now hang in
918.542.6170 • the Capitol dome and the space where the painting took place is
now the beautiful Coleman Ballroom. In the Ballroom lobby are four
The Gordon House full color prints of the murals where you can see the many historical
details not easily seen in the dome of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
317 A. Street NW, Miami, OK 74354, 918.542.1445

The Coleman Theatre

103 North Main Street, Miami, OK 74354
Mon & Sat 10am–2pm; Tues–Fri 10am–4pm
918.540.2425 •

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger

915 North Main Street, Miami, OK 74354 • 918.542.1696

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

200 I. Street NE, Miami, OK 74354 • 918.542.8441 •

Ribbon Road

The Miami Original 9’ Section of Route 66 Roadbed
South of Miami at the junction of E. 140th Road & S. 550 Road,
Miami, OK 74354

Coleman Celebrity Park

Main Street, Miami, OK

Lavern’s Wedding Chapel

15 B. Street SE, Miami, OK 74354
Mon–Fri 9am–5pm • 918.542.4806 •

The Gateway Sign

South Main Street, Miami, OK

Mickey Mantle’s Boyhood Home

319 South Quincy Street, Commerce, OK 74339

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National Register of Historic Places
Ottawa County

The Clay Station at Artworx • Cities Service Station • Miami Original 9’ Section
• Coleman Theatre of Route 66 Roadbed
28 North Main Street, Miami, OK 74354 • George L. Coleman Sr.
918.919.3060 • Modoc Mission Church
The Clay Station at Artworx is a paint your own pottery studio. House and Cemetery
This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion such as a • Miami Downtown Historic
birthday party, baby shower, or just a fun night with friends. With • Ottawa County
shelves full of unfinished pottery- from coffee mugs to cake platters District Courthouse (not in
to piggy banks- there is a project for every age group and budget. • Horse Creek Bridge existence)
The Clay Station has everything you need- the pottery, the paints, • Commerce Building/
and the inspiration- to make your own unique piece of art. You • Peoria Indian School &
supply the imagination and let your creativity emerge! Hancock Building Peoria Tribal Cemetery
• John Patrick McNaughton
Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station • Riviera Courts–Motel
Barn • Tri-State Zinc and Lead
331 South Main Street, Miami, OK 74354 • Miami Marathon Oil
918.533.0842 Ore Producers
Company Service Station • Dobson Home (1916)
• Narcissa D-X Gas Station

(not in existence)

Genealogy Research

Miami Public Library

200 N. Main Street, Miami, OK 74354
918.541.2292 •

Visitors come from near and far to take advantage of the genealogy
services available in Miami.

Families use these services to research Indian Rolls and other
books pertaining to various tribes. Ottawa County is headquarters
for nine Native American Tribes.

The genealogy department has microfilm of area newspapers, US
Census index books for
all states, plus microfilm
rolls from Oklahoma from
the 1900 Indian Territory
to 1930. In addition, a
large number of research
books for Kansas,
Missouri and Arkansas
are available plus many
books for other states.
Heritage Quest is accessible through the library website. Beginning
Genealogy workshops are offered each spring.

Microfilm readers and a computer for genealogy research are in
the department. Microfilm copies are $0.25 per page. The library
offers free wireless internet access; copier and fax services are
available for a small fee. — 918.542.4435 — 15

Meet in


Location Facilities

Miami is conveniently located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma. Community favorite and top-rated facilities are abundant in the City
The location is 20 minutes from the Missouri border, 20 minutes of Miami. These meeting places are beautifully maintained and kept
from the Arkansas border, and 15 minutes from the Kansas border. up-to-date with technological capabilities. Affordable rates and great
As the hub of the 4-state region, Miami has become a favorite and services will keep your group coming back each year. Let the bureau
exciting destination. With easy access to the interstates, Miami is help you find the perfect location for your group.
easy to find and access whether you are traveling in a group or as an
individual. Little travel is necessary to get from one side of the city Personalized Service
to the other.
The Miami CVB works one-on-one with meeting and event planners
Affordable to ensure success for any event held in Miami. Many services are
offered for your group through the community at no extra charge.
Groups love Miami and the great rates on lodging and meeting
facilities they receive when planning their event. Because of the large
variety of things to do in Miami, groups acknowledge the savings
they get because everything is available for them in one area.

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Meeting Facilities Occupancy Features
Holiday Inn Express Square Ft.

15 918.542.7424 Yes 300 12x25 ft table seats 8, space for 4 or 5 chairs, 2 flat screen TVs,
wireless internet

Microtel Inn & Suites 30 918.540.3333 Yes 1,000 Wireless internet, TV, phone plug-Ins
The Library at Chapters
30 918.540.0468 Yes 800 Wireless internet, limited kitchen & serving area, 40” flat screen TV
Book Store w/Power Point hookups, located next door to Souper Sweets

FNB Community Room 30 918.542.3371 Yes 800 Kitchen space, all chairs and tables are included. Great for family

Hampton Inn & Suites 30 918.541.1500 es 1,000 AT&T Wireless Hot Spot, TV with Power Point/DVD capability, great
Conference Room seating for meetings and perfect setting for bus group receptions

Northeast Oklahoma Vo-Tech 30 918.257.8324 Yes 2,000 Three meeting rooms available with up to 30 people in each room.
Center—Afton Advance reservations required.

IBC Bank Conference Room 35 918.542.4411 Yes 1200 Perfect setting for bus groups, can be customized for group receptions

Rt. 66 Room at Charlie’s 40 918.542.8210 Yes 1300 Unique 66 décor and great for meeting seatings, catering available,
Chicken & BBQ WiFi & Power Point hookups

Pizza Hut Express 40 918.540.2471 Yes 1000 Route 66 décor, private party space available, parking lot available for
car club events
Pizza Hut on Route 66
50 918.542.8474 Yes 1,200 Banquet room available for meetings/banquets, TV with DVD, catering
The Clubhouse Restaurant available. Great for birthdays, anniversaries, and class reunions.
inside the Stables Casino
50 918.542.7884 Yes 1,300 Catering available, reservations for private parties required
Montana Mike’s Steakhouse
Meeting Room 50 918.542.8808 Yes 1,300 42” TV, A/V, VGA and HDMI hookups. Customized menus available.
Podium & American flag upon request.
Peoria Tribe Conference Room
60 918.540.2535 Yes 1,200 Full kitchen and dry erase board
Banquet Room in Charlie’s
Chicken & BBQ 65 918.542.8210 Yes 1,400 Two TVs, one with VCR/DVD hookups, family atmosphere, great for
meetings and group activities, catering available
Ottawa County Courthouse
Meeting Room 65 918.542.9408 Yes 2,000 Comfortable seating chart, lots of space for speakers or forum set-ups

Paul Thomas Family Life Center 80 918.542.4451 Yes 1,300 Elegant atmosphere, warming kitchen, TV/DVD hookups

NEO A&M College Commons Hall 90 918.540.6987/ Yes 1,300 Stadium seating, perfect for speakers and forum set-ups

Elks Lodge Center 250 918.542.4898 Yes 2,500 Dance floor, receptions welcome, kitchen space available
Coleman Theatre Ballroom/ 918.540.2425 Yes 5,000 Kitchen space, breakout rooms, available for wedding receptions,
Conference Center banquets, reunions, conferences, and special events

Miami Civic Center 500 Located at City Hall, full kitchen, breakout rooms. Downstairs
Banquet/Dining Room 918.541.2261 Yes 6,800 arena available for vendor spaces, large exhibits and trade shows.

Reservations required.

NEO A&M College Ballroom 500 918.540.6060 Yes 5,000 On-site catering available, great location for banquets and special
750 events, WiFi, large screen with Power Point/DVD hookups
First Christian Church 800
Fellowship Center 918.542.9816 Yes 5,300 WiFi/DVD capability, advance reservations required

Buffalo Run Casino Showplace 918.542.7140 Yes 6,000 Private party reservations, catering available

For availability and pricing, contact the Miami CVB 918.542.4435 or [email protected]. — 918.542.4435 — 17




NEO Basketball Tournament O'Reilly's National Monster Truck Rally Wyandotte Nation Tribal Pow-Wow
Oklahoma Limousin Field Day at Miami Rebels Car Club Super Cruise Car Show
Miami Nation Stomp Dance Fairgrounds FestiFall in Downtown Miami
Oklahoma 8-Man All-Star Football Game Ottawa Tribal Pow-Wow
Miami RBI Special Event Revvin' It Up Car Show Eastern Shawnee Tribal Pow-Wow
Inter-Tribal Children's Pow-Wow NEO A&M Homecoming Weekend
MARCH Peoria Tribe Pow-Wow Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Health Fest
Picher All-School Reunion at NEO
Peoria Tribe Stomp Dance D-Day at the Bunker OCTOBER
Miami Nation Pow-Wow
NEO Founders' Day G.A.R. Cemetery British Flyers
JULY Remembrance Ceremony
Neosho River Spoonbill Fishing Season The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association)
Opens Firework Celebration at Riverview Park Young Eagle Event
Willie Run 5K Rebels Annual Car and Truck Show
Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Party at Peoria Quapaw Tribe Pow-Wow Quapaw Hay Days
Ridge Wyandotte Nation 4th of July Celebration Sweet Street Halloween in Downtown Miami

NEO Women and Friends Craft Show AUGUST NOVEMBER

APRIL Ottawa County Free Fair and Annual Twin Bridges State Park Festival of Lights
Premium Sale NEO Foundation Red Carpet Gala
Mickey Mantle High School Baseball Classes Resume at NEO Holiday Open House Shopping Event
Tournament Miami BMX-80's Retro Night
Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale
Twin Bridges State Park Festival of Lights
The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Commerce Christmas Parade
Young Eagle Event Miami Route 66 Christmas Parade
Quapaw Christmas Parade
MAY Holiday Tree Lighting at NEO A&M College
Business Expo & Rotary Pancake Feed
Rodeo Miami

NEO Commencement

G.A.R. Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Miami Municipal Pool Opens

Oklahoma Boys State at NEO A&M College

Commerce Days

Detailed list for concerts, special performances and events in the Miami area:
Waylan’s Ku-Ku hosts a Route 66 Cruise Night the 4th Saturday of the month beginning in April and ending in September
Spoonbill Fishing Season runs March through early May on the Neosho River
Coleman Theatre, NEO Theatre and Miami Little Theatre performances:

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Coleman Theatre

103 N. Main Street • Miami, OK 74354 • 918.540.2425 •
The Coleman Theatre provides entertainment for all ages from nationally known touring shows to
locally produced plays, musicals, and school concerts. The theatre also hosts silent and classic
movies, special dinners for groups, and is open for tours by donation. A new Grand Ballroom is now
available for rent, for wedding receptions, conferences, reunions and other events.

Miami Little Theatre

117 N. Main Street • Miami, OK 74354 •
Entertaining audiences for over 55 years, the Miami Little Theatre has produced nearly 275
productions since its first show in 1959.

Miami Cineplex

222 N. Main Street • Miami, OK 74354 • 918.542.7469 •
The Miami Cineplex is the only full service theater in Ottawa County. It offers 4 theaters with stadium
seating, 3-D with DTS surround sound, as well as a party room. The full concession stand only adds
to the enjoyment of the Cineplex.

NEO Fine Arts Center

200 I. NE Street • Miami, OK 74354 • 918.542.8441 •
This 875 seat Auditorium is located on the beautiful campus of
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and provides a modern venue
for major productions during school year. These include theatre drama
and comedies, music performances and art displays. The theatre and
music programs combine each year to perform their annual Medieval
Feast during the Christmas holiday season.


Miami serves as the hub for casino entertainment in Northeast Oklahoma. With 13 area casinos, gaming entertainment awaits
you. Live concerts are scheduled regularly in Miami for your enjoyment.

Upcoming Events • Purchase Tickets • 918.540.2425 — 918.542.4435 — 19


The Stables Casino 530 H. Street SE • Miami,OK 74354 918.542.7884
Buffalo Run Casino 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd. • Miami, OK 74354 918.542.7140
High Winds Casino 61475 E. 100 Road • Miami, OK 74354 918.541.9463
Prairie Moon Casino 918.542.8670
Prairie Sun Casino 202 S. Eight Tibes Trail • Miami, OK 74354 918.541.2101
3411 P. St. NW • Miami, OK 74354 918.540.9100
Quapaw Casino
58100 E. 64 Road • Miami, OK 74354


Wyandotte Nation Casino 100 Jackpot Place • Wyandotte, OK 74370 918.678.4946
Grand Lake Casino 24701 S. 655 Road • Grove, OK 74344 866.447.4946
Lucky Turtle Casino
Indigo Sky Casino 64499 E. Hwy 60 • Wyandotte, OK 74370 918.786.8528
70220 E. Hwy 60 • Wyandotte, OK 74370
Downstream Casino Resort 69300 E. Nee Road • Quapaw, OK 74363 918.678.3768
Outpost Casino 69701 E. 100 Road • Wyandotte, OK 74370



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Native American The Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma

TRIBES Ethel E. Cook, Chief
P.O. Box 110, Miami, OK 74355
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma 918.540.1536 • Fax: 918.542.3214 •

Glenna J. Wallace, Chief Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 350, Seneca, MO 64865
918.666.2435 • Fax: 918.666.2186 • John P. Froman, Chief
P.O. Box 1527, Miami, OK 74355
Miami Nation 918.540.2535 • Fax: 918.540.2538 •

Douglas Lankford, Chief Quapaw Tribe
P.O. Box 1326, Miami, OK 74355
918.542.1445 • Fax: 918.542.7260 • John Berrey, Chairman
P.O. Box 765, Quapaw, OK 74363
Modoc Tribe 918.542.1853 • Fax: 918.542.4694 •

Bill Follis, Chief Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
418 G. St. SE, Miami, OK 74354
918.542.1190 • Fax: 918.542.5415 • William Fisher, Chief
23701 S. 655 Rd, Grove, OK 74344
918.787.5452 • Fax: 918.787.5521 •

Cherokee Nation

Bill John Baker, Chief
P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK 74465
918.453.5000 • 800.256.0671

Wyandotte Tribe

Billy Friend, Chief
64700 E. Hwy 60, Wyandotte, OK 74370
918.678.2297 • Fax: 918.678.2944 •

The Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Ron Sparkman, Chief
P.O. Box 189, Miami, OK 74355
918.542.2441 • Fax: 918.542.2922 •

Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.

Helen Christie, Executive Director
21 North Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, OK 74354
918.542.4486 • Fax: 918.540.2500 • — 918.542.4435 — 21

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Miami Sports


We know SPORTS in Miami, Oklahoma! Give your team an If you are looking for an outdoor arena for your next equine event,
experience off the field, arena or court that they will never forget. check out the Miami Fairgrounds, home to Rodeo Miami, the 6-time
Our unique town, centrally located in the Midwest region offers the ACRA Regional Rodeo of the Year.
same amenities and hospitality you can find anywhere but with
opportunities that can be life changing for even the youngest fan. Miami is home to the world’s largest High School Basketball
tournament. Held on campus at NEO, 48 teams compete in 4 gyms
The Miami, OK region is home to numerous sports events such as over 3 days. NEO offers great sports entertainment and boasts of a
the annual Oklahoma 8-Man Football All-Star Game. Since 2003, rich tradition of many athletic programs.
this event has been organized and executed by the Miami OK CVB.
The game is played the third weekend in June on Red Robertson Field From venue selections to sponsorship and media assistance, the
located on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The Miami OK CVB is your one-stop-shop for planning your next event in
same field where Miami Wardog Steve Owens, the 1969 Heisman the Midwest. We have a fantastic local organizing committee ready
Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma, once played. to assist and make your event a first-class experience for families,
athletes and fans traveling to Northeast Oklahoma.
Teams make their way to Commerce each year for the annual
Mickey Mantle wooden bat tournament. While in Commerce, you can The staff at the Miami OK CVB is excited to assist you with your
visit the boyhood home of Mickey Mantle and walk beside the “old sporting event needs. Make us your next event location and allow
barn” where Mickey and his dad practiced for many years. The dents your team to Play where the Stars Play!
are still in the side of the barn. A nine-foot statue of the baseball
legend stands at Mantle Field.

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Miami BMX Sports Facilities

Miami BMX (Part of Parks & Rec) • BMX Track
411 H. Street SE • 918.541.0BMX • • 4 Basketball/Volleyball Courts
• 4 Little League Fields
When BMX (Bicycle Moto Cross) racing made its debut at the 2009 • 2 T-ball Fields
Olympics, Miami wasn’t far behind. Opening in the spring of 2010, • 10 acre Soccer Complex
Miami BMX is the home of Oklahoma’s newest BMX track. The • College Football, Baseball, Softball and Soccer Fields
track is fully sanctioned by the world’s largest BMX sanctioning • Miami Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena & Expo Buildings
body, USA BMX. • NEO Indoor Rodeo Arena
• Mickey Mantle Baseball Field (Commerce)
• 4 Field Softball Complex

Miami BMX offers membership that is accepted at all
USA BMX tracks nationwide and the first race is free.
Riders of all ages can join the fun and compete for prizes.
The uniquely designed track is challenging for beginners
and experts alike. It’s always free for spectators.

The track is located at 411 H. Street SE, one block off
Steve Owens Blvd. Regular race days are Saturdays with
sign-up from 6:30-7:30 pm. Check the website, (
for updates and information or call 918.541.0BMX (0269). Track
Operator Dale Riley 918.533.3565, Cindy Riley 918.533.6671.

“I am proud to be from Miami, Oklahoma. Miami is always a part of me and I’m
always a part of Miami. I visit often to see my mom, sister, brothers, family and
many of my long time friends. Each time I return I am reminded of wonderful
memories of growing up in such a supportive community. The people are friendly
and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I hope you will stop by and see all
Miami has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.”
—Steve Owens, 1969 Heisman Trophy Winner, University of Oklahoma — 918.542.4435 — 25

A ctivities


City of Miami Municipal Pool Twin Bridges State Park

14 B. Street SE • 918.542.6685 • 14801 Hwy 137 S. • Fairland, OK 74343 • 918.542.6969
Daily (Memorial Day Weekend–August) 1pm–7pm
Excellent fishing for bass, catfish and spoonbill, complete fishing
Oklahoma’s largest pool covering 20,000 square feet, three center, docks, lighted boat ramps, picnic facilities, RV and tent
speed slides, six water features, concession stand, lockers, ADA campgrounds, lake huts, five screened shelters, playgrounds,
compliant hydraulic chair and restrooms, playground equipment, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, Handicap accessible.
adult lounging areas, toddler wading pool with animal figure slides,
various aquatic equipment, parking, security lighting. Neosho River

Civic Center Gymnasium 40 miles long, ideal flat-water conditions for paddling, canoeing,
kayaking and rafting, and flows best from early spring to
129 5th NW • 918.542.6685 early summer with no prominent hazards. Campgrounds and
accommodations are available along the river and great fishing for
Hardwood basketball court, six basketball hoops, locker rooms, bass and catfish with spoonbill season beginning in March.
restrooms, stage, public address system, two scoreboards,
concession stand, bleachers. There are four gyms in the Miami area Grand Lake
that are available for tournaments and special events.
Located 20 minutes south of Miami
Playland Bowling Lanes 918.786.2289 •

105 5th NE • 918.542.5798 1,300 miles of shoreline, great fishing, boat docks, cabin rentals,
918.542.5798 • RV hookups, camping, swimming.

Playland Bowling Lanes is a family fun center all ages will enjoy. Peoria Ridge Golf Course
Voted the best family recreation location in Ottawa County and
the best Bowling Alley in NE Oklahoma, Playland Bowling Lanes 10301 S. Hwy 600 Rd (2 ½ miles off I-44 on Hwy 10)
is a smoke-free environment that hosts tournaments, league play, 918.542.7676 •
corporate and church groups, birthday parties and open play all
year long. The recreation facility includes bowling, arcade room and 18 hole championship golf course, five sets of tee boxes, rolling
concessions. Reservations are accepted for corporate, church or hills, large bodies of water, sand bunkers, driving range, chipping
family gatherings. green, putting green, pro shop, ideal for large or small groups. Open
to the public, memberships are available.
City of Miami Fairgrounds

1129 E. Street SW • 918.542.6685

Horse and rodeo arena, race track, grandstand with 3,600 seating
capacity, exhibition building, six barns and show arena, parking,
restrooms, security lighting, horse barn, facility rental is available.

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Sky Ranch Cave Springs Skateboard Park

7750 S. 655 Rd, Quapaw, OK 74363 100 Block, 5th NE
918.542.1547 • Various skateboard ramps, security lighting.

A beautiful 1,400 acre camp at the crest of the Ozark Mountains Tennis Courts
in northeast Oklahoma has numerous activities on site including
arts and crafts, team building, numerous sport fields, super-slides, 100 Block, 5th NE
paintball and a 2,000 foot long two man zip line. Located east of Four lighted tennis courts, security lighting, windscreens and
Miami near Quapaw, OK. benches.

Disc Golf RV Park

George Francis Riverview Park 702 A. SW
201 9th Street SE Dump station, water hydrants, fish cleaning station, security
lighting—No electrical hookups, 14 day camping limit.
An 18-hole golf course is the site of the annual Ottawa County Disc
Golf Open held each fall. Fitness Centers

Blue Hole Canoe Floats Inc Three full workout facilities in Miami. Memberships are available.

63800 E. 40th Rd, Quapaw, OK 74363
918.542.6344 •

Canoe float trips from 4 to 29 miles on the Spring River from
Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lodging accommodations
include cabins, upper end motel rooms with a 6-person hot tub
and tent campsites (some tents available for rental). Group shelters
accommodate up to 60 visitors for cookouts, entertainment or
private parties. Other amenities include a playground, restaurant,
outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, clean modern restrooms
with private change house and showers and facilities for softball,
horseshoes, basketball, croquet and badminton. Beverages and ice
on site. Group rates available with six canoe rentals. Lodging rates
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Paddlefish (Spoonbill) Fishing

Anglers line up “elbow to elbow” every season along the banks of
the Neosho River for a chance to snag this prehistoric prize called
Paddlefish (or Spoonbill by the locals). During their early spring
spawning run, Spoonbill can be caught by snagging with a stout
surf rod, heavy test line and a large barbless treble hook.
The Spoonbill season in Miami is March through April. Anglers
can take advantage of a service being offered by the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation. A paddlefish cleaning station
has been set up and workers at the center salvage the eggs from
the female paddlefish to sell as caviar. The cleaning station is
located a few miles north of Twin Bridges State Park on Highway
137. Anglers at Riverview Park in Miami can call the center to come
pick up their paddlefish for processing. Those who take advantage
of this service will have their fish safely cleaned and packaged so
they can take it home. For more information, visit online at


Oklahoma fishing license + paddlefish permit are required

Daily limit - one fish

Annual limit - two fish

Harvest is only permitted on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday. Catch and release only on Monday
and Friday.

Harvest reporting is mandatory within 24 hours.
Use the ODWC E-Check system online at

Snagging - one rod/pole per angler

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Arts &


Miami is a community full of arts, culture and class. From
Charles Banks Wilson, whose artwork is a prominent feature of
the Oklahoma State Capitol to Victoria Vazquez, whose Cherokee
pottery is on display in the Smithsonian; from musicians Steve
and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame to Thompson Square,
winners of both the ACM and CMA “vocal duo of the year” awards;
from actor David Froman, best known for his role in the television
show “Matlock” to ballerina Moscelyne Larkin who danced with the
original Ballet Russe, we have been home to nationally recognized
artists of many disciplines. We are also distinctly multicultural as
our county serves as the headquarters of nine federally recognized
tribes whose chiefs hold an Intertribal Council monthly meeting. In
addition, Route 66, an icon of historical significance as well as pop
culture, runs right through our town. The centerpiece of our cultural
district is the beautiful Coleman Theatre, which attracts visitors
from around the world. With its Spanish colonial mission-style
exterior and Louis the XV interior, this historic vaudeville theatre
knows no rival.

Find more information on group tours, attractions and cultural
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Miami offers any shopping experience you may desire. Spend Oklahoma Tourism Information Center
an afternoon browsing antique shops downtown or venture to
one of many specialty stores located along Route 66. Numerous 20 N. Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, OK • 918.542.9303
merchants have Route 66 merchandise. For sports gear, visit the
NEO campus bookstore and additional merchants throughout town. Stop by the center when you are planning your next road trip
Cruise out to the course for some new gear for your next round of through Oklahoma. While you are here, visit the gift shop for one
golf. Motorcycle fans will love the leather collection items available of a kind gifts and souvenirs. There is a large variety of Made
at a few of our unique shops on Main Street. Whether you’re in in Oklahoma specialty foods, Native American gifts and a wide
town for a day or a weekend, be sure to pencil in some time for selection of Oklahoma and Route 66 items. The center has free
some great deals throughout the city. brochures and is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With limited retail choices between Joplin, Missouri and Tulsa,
Oklahoma, Miami sits at an ideal spot along Interstate 44 to provide
the perfect location for lodging, restaurants and shopping venues.


Member FDIC

“Where You Come First!”

Visit one of our three locations:

Welch Miami South Coffeyville
396 S Commercial St 2525 N Main St 306 Willow St
Miami, OK 74354
Welch, OK 74369 918-542-2000 South Coffeyville, OK 74072
918-788-3373 918-255-6611

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Outstanding educational, medical, dental Miami Regional Airport
and cultural facilities combined with strong
industry, tourism and pride is what makes 2600 Rex Plott Drive, Miami, OK 74354
Miami a progressive community known for 918.541.2290 •
having a special Oklahoma charm. Miami
offers opportunity for those who are living
here year round, visitors that come back
year after year and those who are here for
the first time. Whatever brings you to the
area, we encourage you to take some time
and see for yourself why people fall in love
with Miami, Oklahoma.

Welcome to Miami, Oklahoma

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Above. . . KNOWLEDGE • RESULTS 918-675-4414

Voted “Best of the Best” Sherry Anderson
in Ottawa County 918-540-4158

Since 1977 Bruce Rhodes
224 East Steve Owens Blvd. • Miami, OK
Frank Weicht
918.542.3381 918-541-5724 Deb Shumaker

Susan Russell

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Driving D istances Local


Tulsa, Oklahoma........................................................90 Quapaw, Oklahoma – 74363
Springfield, Missouri..................................................95 410 Main St. • 918.674.2525
Eureka Springs, Arkansas........................................120 Mayor: Mickey Johnson
Branson, Missouri....................................................135
Fort Smith, Arkansas...............................................165 Commerce, Oklahoma – 74339
Kansas City, Missouri ..............................................185 1618 Commerce Avenue • 918.675.4373
Wichita, Kansas.......................................................190 Mayor: Michael Hart
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma........................................195
Little Rock, Arkansas ..............................................300 North Miami, Oklahoma – 74358
St. Louis, Missouri .................................................. 315 309 Pine Street • 918.542.2718
Dallas, Texas ...........................................................340 Mayor: Leon Coombes
Memphis, Tennessee ...............................................380
Denver, Colorado .....................................................700 Fairland, Oklahoma – 74343
28 North Main Street • 918.676.3621
Mayor: Mark Goode

Wyandotte, Oklahoma – 74370
212 South Main • 918.678.2211
Mayor: Leon Crow

Afton, Oklahoma – 74331
201 S.W. 1st Street • 918.257.4304
Mayor: Bill Harrison

Bluejacket, Oklahoma – 74333
P.O. Box 59 • 918.784.2382
Mayor: Morris Bluejacket

Welch, Oklahoma – 74369
P.O. Box 277 • 918.788.3616
Mayor: Winston McKeon — 918.542.4435 — 33


Alene’s Patio Café 33 N Main Street 918.542.4780 McDonalds 1131 N Main Street 918.542.2094
Arby’s 1217 N Main Street 918.542.4041 840 N Main Street 918.542.8808
Bedlam Sports Grill/ 61475 E 100 Road 918.541.9463 Montana Mike’s
Steakhouse Steakhouse 1 S Main Street 918.919.7172
Big Daddy’s BBQ 1030 E Street SW 918.541.7449
and Deli The Mother Road 1027 N Main Street 918.542.8000
Billy Sims Barbeque 1803 N Main Street 918.919.4633 Grill 331 E Steve Owens Blvd 918.542.7077
Braum’s 2205 N Main Street 918.542.7744 1320 N Main Street 918.542.8474
Buttered Bunns 2123 N Main Street 918.540.2866 Panda Buffet 101 A Street NW 918.540.2471
Chapters 31 N Main Street 918.540.0468 1520 N Main Street 918.542.1865
Charlie’s Chicken 2400 N Main Street 918.542.8210 Papa G’s Pizza 29 N Main Street 918.815.6510
Chinese Chef 2516 N Main Street 918.542.6068 Pizza Hut 1220 N Main Street 918.542.3463
Coleman House 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd 918.542.7140 2240 N Main Street 918.540.0737
Restaurant Pizza Hut Express 700 E Steve Owens Blvd 918.542.6212
Daylight Donuts 1831 N Main Street 918.542.5247 901 N Main Street 918.542.9020
Domino’s 1315 N Main Street 918.542.4000 Sonic Drive-In 530 H Street NE 918.542.7884
Donut Palace 520 E Steve Owens Blvd 918.542.4833
El Charro’s 1402 N Main Street 918.542.4617 Souper Sweets 915 N Main Street 918.542.1696
El Vallarta 20 Goodrich Blvd 918.540.2244 Bakery & Café
2 Girls Café 2320 N Main Street 918.542.2233
Josies Eatery 2025 Eight Tribes Trail 918.541.1405 Stonehill Grill
Kick Off Bar & Grill 900 E Steve Owens Blvd 918.919.0645
Little Caesar’s 2310 N Main Street 918.544.6943 Subway
Long John Silvers 1024 N Main Street 918.542.7294
Los Dos Amigos 2019 N Main Street 918.542.6638 Subway

Taco Bell

The Clubhouse

Waylan’s Ku-Ku

Downstream Casino has the following restaurants:
Red Oak Steakhouse, Spring River Buffet,
Buffalo Grille, Wa Na Bée Déa Snack Bar,
Lover’s Leap, Ma-Kó-Sha Coffee Shop
and Legends Sports Bar located at
69300 E. Nee Road, Quapaw

Take a break and join
us for lunch or dinner
any day of the week

Located directly on Route 66

1220 North Main St. in Miami
(918) 542-3463

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We’re cheering for you Miami High
Hold your next class or family reunion in Miami, Oklahoma and For our white and blue, Miami High
let the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) assist you with all your
planning needs. Back of you we stand,
You’re the best in the land
Your reunion is a special event and Miami CVB offers And we’re in there to win, Miami High
complimentary services to make the planning process easy. The
staff at the CVB works directly with hotels and restaurants and can Rah! Rah! Rah!
provide reunion organizer’s local knowledge and assistance with
efficient event management. The CVB is here to help make your Stay with that ball, Miami High
reunion in Miami a memorable one. If you have questions or need For you’ll win them all, Miami High
assistance, feel free to contact one of our staff members.
A victory we’re cheering for,
A victory to win this game.
So Wardogs, we’re with you to the End


We offer full service catering from

casual dining to receptions
or 5 course meals

Ballroom will hold 450 people
Custom Designed Menus Available

Off-Site Catering Available
50 Mile Radius (Additional Charge)

Don’t forget Sunday Brunch
11am to 2pm—Only $9.75


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60 X XX X XX X X X X

2015 E. Steve Owens Blvd.

America’s Best Value Inn 60 1 X X XXX X
2225 E. Steve Owens Blvd. X
Legacy Inn 48 1 X XX XX X

2120 E. Steve Owens Blvd.

Deluxe Inn Motel 42 1 X X XX

1307 E. Steve Owens Blvd.

Holiday Inn Express 74 X XX X X X $25 FEE X X

509 Henley Avenue

Hampton Inn 75 X X X X XX XX

115 Deacon Turner Avenue

Econo Lodge 70 X X XX XXX X

900 E. Steve Owens Blvd.

Links to each hotel can be found at

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sleep like a baby.

With a little help from my friends, I’m out like a light. On a bigtime trip
to Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. Soft sheets. My choice of
cushy pillows. Plush comforter and a crisp duvet. Eight restful hours.
Easy, with friends like these. Call or visit us online to book your stay

we love having you here.®

2009 & 2011 Lighthouse Award Winners

Miami • 115 Deacon Turner Road ©2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation
Miami, Oklahoma
(918) 541-1500

ACRA Rodeo of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

May 6-7, 2016 - Miami Fairgrounds

Gates Open 5PM
Rodeo Performance 7:30
INTEGRIS Kid’s Night Friday

1-Day $10/$12 At Gate
2-Day $15 • Kids $5

$5 Slack Saturday AM

Presented By: Ticket Information

Northeastern Oklahoma


Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College had
its beginning in 1919 when Gov. James B. A. Robertson signed
Senate Bill Number 225 creating the Miami School of Mines. The
institution’s creation was indicative of the importance of mining
in the Tri-State Lead and Zinc District, which comprised extreme
northeastern Oklahoma, southwestern Missouri and southeastern
Kansas. After holding classes for a year in the Mining and Exchange
Building in Miami, the school moved to its current location on forty
acres of land donated by interested Miami citizens. During this
time, a special Board of Regents governed the Miami School of
Mines and organized it so that it offered college courses primarily
of a scientific nature. The designation as Miami School of Mines
continued until 1924 when a special legislative session changed
the name to Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College and general
collegiate courses were added to the curriculum. The special board
continued to govern the college until 1939 when Northeastern

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The City of Miami's Tourism Division is dedicated to providing
exceptional customer service to visitors from all over the world.
The staff at the historic Coleman Theatre Beautiful and the
Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau eagerly anticipate meeting
with thousands of new visitors each year and sharing the
unique and inspiring story of George L. Coleman. Educating
visitors on the many things Miami has to offer is something that
brings pride to our team. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Stay Connected.

ALUMNI Update your contact information

Oklahoma Junior College and the six teachers’ colleges were Register with NEO Alumni Association and receive the monthly
placed under the Board of Regents for Agricultural and Mechanical NEO Update newsletter, special event invitations
Colleges. Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College purchased two and other great perks. It’s easier than ever to
hundred acres of farmland and constructed shop buildings to catch up with fellow Norsemen, make important
accommodate agricultural and mechanical courses. In 1943, the career connections and stay updated on NEO
school changed its name to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. news, athletics and campus events.
Today the college continues to grow and thrive and provides an
economic boost to the Miami community.

Visitor Information of Interest:

NEO Library
Located in the NEO Administration Building
200 I Street NE Miami, Oklahoma 74354 • 918.540.6381 • 918.542.8441

NEO Bookstore - Located in Bruce G. Carter Student Union

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