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Guide to Green Country 2013

Tourism Guide

Pioneer Woman Statue
& Museum

Ponca City Art Center

We’re rich in history, culture and adventure. From Oil Baron mansions; Poncan Theatre

world class museums, Native American experiences, Cowboys, Rodeos Standing Bear Museum,
Education Center & Park
and Western history; lakes and incredible outdoor recreation . . .

there’s something for everyone in Ponca City!


January September
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Cherokee Strip Golf Classic
Eagle Watch Fine Arts Festival
An Affair at the Mansion Cherokee Strip Cook-Off
Standing Bear Pow Wow
Black History Month October
Princess for a Night Oktoberfest
Goblins on Grand Halloween
April Carnival
Earth Day 5K Run Camp McFadden Outdoor Expo
Taste & Tasteless
May Veterans Day Parade
Cowboy Ball Historic Home & Building Tour
Blessing of the Vines/Fiesta of Festival of Angels Lighting Display
the Vines
Camp McFadden Outdoor Expo December
Festival of Angels Lighting Display
June Lights at Lutheran Display
Herb Festival Nativity Festival
Juneteenth Celebration/ Downtown Lighted Christmas
Multicultural Rodeo Parade
Green Earth Yoga Retreat
First Saturday of Each Month
July Fly-In Breakfast
Freedom Fest Fireworks
The Broken Statue Production Visit our website for live theater
Ponca City National Championship of Motocross performances from the Poncan
Theatre and the Ponca Playhouse.
101 Wild West PRCA Rodeo
101 Wild West Rodeo Parade

Conoco Museum

Marland Mansion

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Tahlequah, OK


Experience the spirit of the Cherokee greeting “Osiyo”
when you explore any of the four Cherokee museums located
in the capital city of the Cherokee Nation – Tahlequah, Okla. Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum • 122 E. Keetoowah St. Tahlequah, OK 74464
(877) 779-6977 Cherokee National Prison Museum • 124 E. Choctaw St.Tahlequah, OK 74464
John Ross Museum • 22366 S. 530 Rd. Park Hill, OK 74451
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experience the wide-array of history and culture at
Oklahoma’s premier museum and interpretive site – the
Cherokee Heritage Center, located in Tahlequah, Okla.


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WELCOME to Northeast Oklahoma’s

Green Country: Table of Contents
A classic example of
private enterprise in Foothills ..........................................6–15
Foothills ..................................... 6–15 okmulgee..................................8, 12, 14
“In 1965, a small group of Checotah ..................................7 Sallisaw .....................................8, 14
determined volunteers sought eufaula/Lake eufaula .................7, 13 Stillwell ......................................9
to turn the area’s reputation Ft Gibson ..................................7 tahlequah/Lake tenkiller............9, 11
of drought stricken fields into Gore ..........................................9 Wagoner/Ft Gibson Lake...........7–8, 15
visions of abundant greenery and Muskogee .................................8, 10
sparkling lakes. The transformation
was deliberate. Neighbors joined High Plains......................................16–35
with neighbors to form a multi-
county organization to promote Bartlesville .................................17, 26–27, osage County ...........................19, 25–29
the attractions in eastern and 32–33 Pawhuska .................................19, 27–28
northeastern Oklahoma.” Pawnee .....................................19, 35
Bristow ...................................... 17 Ponca City.................................2, 18,
“The founders of “Green Country” Broken Arrow ............................17, 30–31
set out to create a model economic Cleveland ..................................19 34–35
development program where private dewey .......................................17, 33 Sand Springs.............................19
enterprise joined hands with state drumright ..................................18 Sapulpa.....................................21, 31
and federal agencies in 1965 to Hominy......................................19, 26 Shidler .......................................19, 27
improve the economy in the largely Jenks ........................................18 Skiatook/Skiatook Lake.............19, 27–28
depressed counties of eastern Kaw Lake ..................................19, 34–35 Stillwater.................................... 31
Oklahoma”. Mannford/Keystone Lake...........19 tulsa.......................................... 19–24
newkirk .....................................34
The “Green Country” program has
proven that people, working in the Great Lakes .....................................36–43
private enterprise system, can
improve their economic and social Catoosa ....................................37 Langley...................................... 38
problems by uniting with a common Chouteau ..................................39 Locust Grove.............................39
purpose and pooling their resources Claremore..................................37, 39–40 Miami ........................................38, 42
and talents. Grand Lake ...............................37–38, 43 oologah ....................................37
Grove ........................................38, 43 Pryor .........................................38, 41
Today, “Green Country” continues disney .......................................38, 43 Salina ........................................38
to promote 18 counties of Northeast Lake Hudson.............................38 Vinita .........................................39
Oklahoma by joining forces with our
members, the Oklahoma Tourism & Scenic Byways .................................44–45
Recreation Department and 10 other
lake and country associations, in a Lakes of Green Country...................46–54
unified effort that will increase the
economic impact of tourism dollars Birch Lake .................................54 Lake Hudson.............................54
that now exceeds 2.1 BILLION dollars Copan Lake...............................54 McClellan-Kerr
annually. dripping Springs Lake ...............54 navigation System.....................54
Lake eufaula..............................46 okmulgee Lake .........................54
Note: There are over 1,000 businesses within Lake eucha ...............................54 oologah Lake............................51
the Green Country area that have chosen Fort Gibson Lake.......................47 Skiatook Lake............................52
to utilize the term “Green Country” in their Grand Lake ...............................48 Lake Spavinaw ..........................54
name…it just goes to show—it’s a pretty Hulah Lake ................................54 Lake tenkiller.............................53
impressive phrase. illinois river................................54 Lake Associations .....................54
Kaw Lake ..................................49 uS Army Corps of engineers.....54
Keystone Lake...........................50

historic Sites & Museums ................................................................................ 55–56
coupons ...........................................................................................................57, 59
Events calendar ............................................................................................... 57–61

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100,000 copies produced at a cost of $.41 each. Produced in cooperation with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Oklahoma Tulsa

Mileage: from Kansas City ......249 mi. ExEcutivE DirEctor: contributing
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PO Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002 • 800.922.2118
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Play Your Heart Out . .

Left to Right: Sunset on Lake Eufaula; Honey Springs Battle Reenactment, Checotah; Oklmulgee Antique Car Show; Orpheum Theater, Okmulgee;
Renaissance Fair at the Castle at Muskogee; Tubing on Lake Tenkiller; Azalea Festival in Muskogee; Carlisle Cove, Lake Tenkiller - photo by Lesa Cordle;
River Rumba Regatta, Muskogee; Sequoyah State Park Golf Course, Wagoner, Ft. Gibson Lake; Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah.

Cherokee Turnpike

Broken Turnpike
Creek Gibson

Checotah Okmulgee Lake
Eufaula Sallisaw
Stilwell Haskell
Fort Gibson Tahlequah
Gore Wagoner 1 6

Henryetta Dripping
Muskogee Springs/
Okmulgee Lake

4 64

LAKES Indian Nation Turnpike Lake
1 Dripping Springs/
Okmulgee Lakes 2

2 Lake Eufaula FOOTHILLS
3 Fort Gibson Lake
4 McClellan-Kerr

5 Robert S. Kerr

6 Tenkiller Lake

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. . in Green Country’s


• Lake Eufaula’s area of forested hills and attracts visitors of all ages. While in town, EVENTS
valleys echo the historical tales of those enjoy fine dining and antique shopping.
who left their imprint on this land—the Locals love JM’s Restaurant, a city fixture Complete Calendar - page 57
Native Americans, outlaw gangs, pioneers, since 1955, and Hidden Spring is home to
and Civil War soldiers. antiques and décor. Jan Western Hills Winter
17-19 Bluegrass Festival
The Battle of Honey Springs, the largest • Ft. Gibson is a quaint town with antique Wagoner
and most important battle fought during shops and local eateries, but showcasing
the Civil War in Oklahoma, took place its impact on history is its prime focus. Apr Red Fern Festival
in 1863 on a site near Checotah. Re- Ft. Gibson offers many opportunities 26-28 Tahlequah
enactments take place periodically to the to explore the area’s past including
delight of audiences. the Ft. Gibson Historic Site, a national May 13 Strawberry Festival
landmark that includes a reconstructed Stilwell
Belle Starr, the most famous woman 1824 stockade with 7th Cavalry displays,
outlaw, lived and now rests about 15 miles museum, trail and gift shop. The Ft. May 30- Diamond Daze Festival
east of Eufaula. The area is also known Gibson National Cemetery is just east of Jun 1 Sallisaw
as the “hide-out” for other desperados, the city and is a must-see for ancestry
including the Younger brothers and Jessie buffs. The Garrett Historic Home, former June Muscogee (Creek) Nation
and Frank James. commanding officers’ quarters built 20-23 Festival-Okmulgee
in 1867, is on the National Register of
Eufaula is the largest lake located entirely Historic Places. July Whole Hawg Days Festival
in the state of Oklahoma, with 102,000 25-27 & Rodeo-Eufaula
surface acres. The 600 miles of shoreline Vacationers also are drawn to beautiful
range from sandy beaches to impressive Ft. Gibson Lake, five miles from town and Aug River Rumba Regatta
rocky bluffs. Numerous parks offer fishing a short drive from Tulsa, Muskogee and 23-24 Muskogee
docks, stables, boat ramps, golf courses Wagoner. The lake area offers boundless
and campgrounds. The lake is home recreational activities with more than
to large mouth and sand bass, crappie 17,000 acres of public hunting, 4,500
and catfish and is host to many fishing acres of waterfowl refuge and several
tournaments. marinas.

The city of Eufaula is situated at beautiful • In neighboring Wagoner, the Sequoyah
Eufaula Cove and serves as the gateway State Park Lodge and Cabins invite you to
to all varieties of outdoor activities. The enjoy golf, horseback riding, swimming,
Whole Hawg Days Festival, held in July, mountain bicycling and hiking.

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Left to Right: Dripping Springs, Okmulgee State Park, Thomas Jones photographer; Balloon Festival, Tahlequah; Ataloa Lodge, Muskogee; Fort Gibson Stockade;

F O O T H I L LMarVal Resort, Gore; Sequoyah’s Cabin, Sallisaw; Tenkiller State Park, George Harris photographer; War Memorial Park & Military Museum, Muskogee.

Wagoner is steeped in history—fur housing exhibits on the culture and history Grand Rivers, and the inland waterway
traders, Native Americans and the United of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. It’s easy system. The annual River Rumba Regatta,
States military all left their mark here. Be to fall in love with the town and feel its brings a flotilla of cardboard boat racers,
sure to visit the Wagoner City Historical pride in being an official “Main Street” to the harbor each year in late August.
Museum. In addition, the town’s Maple winner. Browse the local eating favorites
Park and Wagoner Water Park await your and antique shops before heading out for Downtown in the historic “Depot District”
visit. the lakes. the Three Rivers Museum is housed in
the Midland Valley Depot. A popular stop
• Two lakes and a town that take pride in Nearby Okmulgee Lake was created in is the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and
their history make the Okmulgee area 1927 with many rock structures built Museum in the Frisco Depot. You’ll also
the perfect Green Country destination. by the WPA. Dripping Springs Lake was want to visit the U.S.S. Batfish, a retired
You’ll linger at the Creek Council House completed in 1988 and encompasses naval submarine that is the cornerstone
Museum, a beautiful two-story structure 245 acres. The parks offer nearly 200 for a military museum.
campsites, picnic pavilions, fishing docks,
U.S.S. Batfish trails and swimming areas. A spring visit to the city rewards with an
Submarine amazing display of more than 40,000
• The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Azalea plants and flowering trees at Honor
USS Navigation System serves both Heights Park. The park is also home to the
BATMWFeamrISoriHal commercial and recreational needs with Garden of Lights and Christmas Kingdom
445 miles of low-cost transportation of Holiday Inflatables.
Park and scenery ranging from pastoral to
& Military Museum towering cliffs. Private pleasure crafts Muskogee offers many dining options
easily navigate the system, which includes including Harmony House Tea Room
Muskogee, OK 145 Oklahoma river miles of adventure, located in a stately historic home in the
OPEN Thurs-Sat 10-6; Sun 1-6 attractions and activities. Towns along the downtown district. The city boasts a wide
waterway include Catoosa, Muskogee, choice of motels, inns, and B&Bs.
918.682.6294 Gore and Sallisaw. • Sallisaw is a friendly town with much to
SUBMARINE TOURS • Nestled in the center of Green Country, offer vacationers, from historic treasures
Muskogee offers visitors history, art, to lake activities. Some of the most
nature, entertainment, shopping and more. beautiful scenery in Green Country’s
History buffs love exploring the Native “Foothills” region is in and near Sallisaw.
American heritage at the Ataloa Lodge
& Museum and the Five Civilized Tribes Visits to Fourteen Flags Museum, the
Museum, housing artifacts and art of the burial site of “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Dwight
Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Mission, the Overstreet Kerr House and
Seminole nations. the home-site of Sequoyah, creator of the
Cherokee alphabet, provide an in-depth
Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee, offers view of the region’s history. A stop at
recreational vessel docking space. This Woody’s Diner is a must for “down-home
20-acre harbor provides improved boating cooking” and a visit to the Cherokee
access to the Arkansas, Verdigris and Casino could prove beneficial as well.

8 2013 Guide to Green Country


• If you book your vacation at the MarVal • It’s on to Tahlequah to experience for enjoying a variety of lake activities.
Family Camping Resort near Gore on the Cherokee history and culture at the Whether you visit the area to enjoy a float
Illinois River and below the Lake Tenkiller Cherokee Heritage Center which houses trip down the Illinois River or scuba dive in
Dam, you’ll find 105 acres bustling with the Cherokee National Museum, the Trail the clear waters of Lake Tenkiller, you’ll be
activities such as trout fishing, swimming, of Tears exhibit, the Cherokee National glad you came.
golf, horseback riding and more. This Archives and Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village.
award-winning resort offers log cabins They occupy an area where the Cherokee Eighteen park areas dot the shores,
and camping sites. National Female Seminary first stood in sporting boat launching ramps, swimming
1887. beaches, picnic areas and campsites.
• The rolling hills and fertile soil near the Don’t forget the casinos and golf courses
thriving town of Stilwell are just what This charming town, nestled in the for more vacationing fun. You’ll also enjoy
strawberries need to flourish. Perhaps Cookson Hills between the Illinois River the shopping, restaurants and lodging. A
that’s why Stilwell basks in its famous and Lake Tenkiller, is often referred to as meal at The Branch Restaurant or Kelly’s
title, “The Strawberry Capital of the one of the most historically significant Tea Room is sure to please.
World.” Its summer strawberry festival is a cities west of the Mississippi River. The
crowd pleaser. city’s Murrell Home and the Thompson Tahlequah and Lake Tenkiller go hand in
House also showcase local and Cherokee hand in offering visitors to Green Country
Attractions in this scenic area include history. the utmost in vacation fun, relaxation and
Adair State Park, offering fishing, happy memories!
campsites and playgrounds; the Little Beautiful Lake Tenkiller, a picturesque
Log Cabin on the Farm; and Old Baptist shoreline painted with flowering trees,
Mission, marking the end of the Cherokee scenic overlooks that take your breath
Trail of Tears. away, and outstanding opportunities


800.922.2118 2013 Guide to Green Country 9

Pick Your Passion in


Music Hall of
River Country

Motorcycle Ride
Guides Available

Dirt Track Native American USS Batfish & Renaissance Festival
Races History & Art War Memorial May

866. 381.6543

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Lake Tenkiller •Tahlequah •Illinois River

Order Your Free Visitors’ Guide 1-800-652-6552

Open All Year

Marval Resort
Gore, OK
Oklahoma’s Trout Capital

• Cabins by the river • Swimming Pool
• RV Sites (FHU) • Splash Pad
• Tent Sites • Planned Activities
• Lodges • Tubing on river
• Reunion Hall • Game Room
• Clubhouse • Nature Trails
• Catering • Mini-Golf

Produced in Cooperation with the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

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Creek Council House

River Spirit Casino

Muscogee Nation Festival

Council Oak Park

Lake Eufaula

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tourism & Recreation 918.732.7992 [email protected]

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Lake Eufaula

Our Playground has 105,000 Acres of Water!

Make It YOUR Favorite!

If your passion is water fun, look no further! Lake Eufaula has world class
fishing, every water sport including boating, sailing, swimming, wake
boarding plus camping, bird watching, off roading, biking & hiking!

Fulfill your passion at Lake Eufaula!

701 S. Main, Eufaula, OK 74432

Stay Calm and Get Your Poker On!

Enter LEA’s annual Golden Eagle Poker Run

Sat., June 8, 2013

An on the Water Poker Run • Boats, Bikes & Cars Welcome
Entry Form & Rules at

701 S. Main Over $40,000 in
Eufaula, OK 74432 CASH Prizes

918.689.7751 (based on 500 entries)

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only inOkmulgee thsienegs& tdoo
Great Dining
festivals & events
Scare on the Square • Creek Nation Festival Great Shopping
Okmulgee Invitational Rodeo • Great West Chili Fest
Festival of Lights Parade Creek Council
House Museum
Okmulgee Tourism Program
Creek Nation Complex
112 North Morton • Okmulgee, OK
Okmulgee State Park
918.758.1015 •
Dripping Springs and
Okmulgee Lakes


Creek Nation Casino

Historic Downtown—
Great American Main

Street Winner

Sallisaw…the end of the Brushy Lake TwTwooGGrreeaatt TTaasstteess. .
Park…your scenic getaway OOnneeGGrreeaatt PPllaaccee! !

trail begins here! in the Cookson Hills

301 E. Cherokee Ave. RV, camping
Sallisaw, OK 74955 & picnic areas,
918.775.2558 fishing, boating

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Sunday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

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Your Source for the Lake &
What’s Happening Around It!

Fort Gibson Lake Association & Tourist Center

US69 and Highway 51, Wagoner, OK
[email protected] | 918-485-4623

Stop by for a complimentary coffee.
Our volunteers are ready to help you
have an enjoyable experience.

800.922.2118 2013 Guide to Green Country 15

Play Your Heart Out . .

Left to Right: Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville; Rooster Days, Broken Arrow; Feyodi Creek State Park, Cleveland;
Prairie Song Wild West Show, Dewey; Keystone Lake, Mannford; Oklahoma Aquarium, Jenks; Sapulpa Trolley and Rail Museum;
Native American Art, Hominy artist Cha’ Tullis; Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival; The Bivin Garden, Shidler.


Barnsdall Newkirk 6
Bartlesville Nowata 2
Bixby Pawnee 1
Bristow Ponca City 8
Broken Arrow Sapulpa
Cleveland Shidler 7
Dewey Skiatook
Drumright Sperry Yale Turnpike
Hominy Tulsa

Jenks Stillwater Broken
Mannford Arrow

4 Creek

LAKES Heyburn
1 Birch Lake
2 Bluestem Lake Haskell
3 Copan Lake Dripping
4 Heyburn Lake Springs/
5 Hulah Lake
6 Kaw Lake HIGHOkmulgee Lake PLAINS
7 Keystone Lake
8 Skiatook Lake

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. . in Green Country’s


• An energetic spirit lives on in Bartlesville, • North of Bartlesville to Dewey, visit EVENTS
a town built by oil barons, ranchers and the Tom Mix Museum, the Dewey Hotel
entrepreneurs. The town’s museums, Museum and Prairie Song Indian Territory, Complete Calendar - page 57
events, festivals, and thrilling activities where history helps you understand the
serve as proof of this exciting, can-do area’s present day. Feb 2013 Bassmaster Classic
spirit. 22-24 Tulsa/Grand Lake
Browse one of the many antique stores
You’ll marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright’s looking for that special treasure and enjoy Mar AKC National Agility
skyscraper, the Price Tower. Explore the a soda at an old-time soda fountain. 15-17 Championship-Tulsa
Frank Phillips Home, LaQuinta Foster
Mansion, Bartlesville History Museum, • Bristow, the Woodland Queen of the Apr Woolaroc Spring Traders
the Nellie Johnstone oil derrick, Phillips Creek Nation, was founded in 1897 as a 12-13 Encampment-Bartlesville
Petroleum Company Museum, Keepsake trading post. The railroad’s arrival in 1898
Candle Factory, and the dramatic was the impetus for the actual growth of Apr Junque Arte Festival
Community Center, where international this oil-boom town. 26-27 Nowata
guest artists are in awe of the concert
hall’s acoustics. Like so many of the state’s towns, Bristow May OK Steam Threshing &
thrives along Historic Route 66. Events 3-5 Gas Engine Show-Pawnee
Dine in one of the many restaurants include the Tabouleh Fest and Wildflower
including Dink’s Pit BBQ, Frank and Lola’s, Run and Festival of Lights. Lake Mesina May Rooster Days Festival
and Sweet Lou’s. Several new hotels invite and City Park provide great fishing and 10-12 Broken Arrow
visitors to enjoy an extended stay, perhaps boating, and Heyburn Lake is close-by for
enjoying a Bartlesville event such as the more recreational opportunities. May 11 Tabouleh Fest-Bristow
renowned OK MOZART Festival, Sunfest,
Oklahoma Indian Summer, and Woolaroc’s • Broken Arrow provides the tranquil May 30- Tallgrass Bluegrass
Kidsfest. atmosphere of a small town while offering June 1 Festival-Skiatook
a variety of cultural, shopping and sporting
A short drive from town finds you opportunities. It’s close to a variety of June 1 Keystone Catfish Festival
delighting in the unexpected: exotic attractions, lakes and rivers. Enjoy its Cleveland
and native animals at Woolaroc Ranch, many restaurants and shopping spots
Museum and Wildlife Preserve, once the such as Stone Mill BBQ for fabulous June 1 Route 66 Blowout
country home of oil baron Frank Phillips. barbeque and delicious steaks, and Bella Sapulpa
Enjoy a stroll through the gift shop, Vita for home accents and more.
stocked with western treasures.
continued on page 18

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Left to Right: Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, Osage County; Fishing on Copan Lake; Tulsa Zoo; Frank Phillips Home, Bartlesville; Kaw Fest Sand Sculpture,

H I G H P L AKaw Lake; Boomtown Theater, Drumright; Cardboard Boat Race at the Boats, Melons and BBQ Festival on Keystone Lake; Heritage Park, Sapulpa.

June 7-15 OK Mozart-Bartlesville Sports and outdoor activities abound, and There is always something new to see
outstanding sports facilities attract yearly at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks with
June 8 Drumright Discovery Days tournaments. The fast-growing city boasts constantly changing exhibits. The Extreme
Drumright hiking trails, a nature park, and nine public Amazon, featuring tunnels for kids to
and private golf courses. crawl through and come eye-to-eye with
July International Round-Up giant fish, is the most recent addition.
15-21 Club Cavalcade-Pawhuska The city is home to Bass Pro Shops—a Looking ahead, the Sea Turtle Experience
destination in itself. Events include Rooster is under construction, check for updates
Aug 24 Shidler Classic Car Show Days, Tuesdays in the Park and the always on the turtles and other exciting events as
Shidler popular Rhema Christmas lights. the Oklahoma Aquarium celebrates its 10
year anniversary in 2013.
Sept OK State Sugar Arts Show • Drumright played a major role in the
28-29 Tulsa state’s oil industry as it was the heart of the • Ponca City, in north-central Oklahoma,
oil field. Check out city destinations on the welcomes you with the Marland Estate
Oct 5-6 Western Heritage National Register of Historical Places, stop Mansion and Grand Home, the Pioneer
Weekend-Dewey by the Boomtown Theatre, the beautiful Woman Museum, Conoco Museum and
home of the Drumright Community Players, Standing Bear Museum. The restored
Nov An Affair of the Heart/ the Drumright Historical Museum, housed 1916 home of E.W. Marland includes
22-24 Heart of Tulsa-Tulsa in a 1916 Santa Fe Depot and top off the an extensive “101” Ranch collection,
visit with the Tidal School, an 8,000 square and the Poncan Theatre with its ornate
foot historical school building transformed interior recall the luxury of this circa 1927
into a premier winery and vineyard. vaudeville house and movie palace. Dine
in one of Ponca City’s eateries like Happy
• Nestled on the west bank of the Arkansas Days Cafe and Head Country Bar-B-Q, and
River, Jenks is proud of its river shop the many local boutiques including
entertainment area including RiverWalk Embellished and The Prairie Rose.
Crossing where various dining venues
overlook the meandering river.


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• Near-by Kaw Lake, the first lake in the • Pawhuska, nestled in the rolling hills In town, be sure to visit Skiatook Historical
state to be created on the Arkansas of Osage County, serves up the state’s Museum, Skiatook Statuary, Cedar Crest
River, boasts 17,000 acres and 168 miles American Indian and oil history in Golf Course and John Zink Park. Dine
of shoreline. From boating to camping, museums and landmarks. Be sure to at Lakeside Grill and enjoy browsing the
fishing to nature watching, you’ll enjoy admire the beautiful, rare stained glass Antique Mall.
your outdoor time here. Annual festivals windows in the French Gothic Immaculate • In near-by Hominy, delight in the town’s
and tournaments thrive in the lake area. Conception Church and hear the story charming attractions, ranging from the
behind them. Other must-sees include the Drummond House and Osage Round
• Crave natural beauty and serenity? You’ll refurbished Constantine Theater, where House to the Little Stone School. Again,
love Keystone Lake, a mere 20 miles history was on stage; Osage County history is there for the asking.
west of Tulsa. With 330 miles of shoreline, Historical Museum; Osage Casino; and
the lake offers excellent recreation: the Osage Tribal Museum atop a huge TASM
boating, fishing, sailing, yachting, and hill overlooking town. The Osage Tribe’s
basking on the lake’s sandy beaches. The authentic artifacts are must-sees.
Bald Eagle tour program in the winter
attracts numerous bird watchers to view For history on the hoof, drive north of
the magnificent birds. The Keystone Pawhuska through the Tallgrass Prairie
Ancient Forest Preserve (open 8 am - 2 Preserve where more than 37,000 acres
pm the second Saturday of each month) preserve prairie flora and fauna. Be
is located in the Crosstimbers Region with amazed as you watch hundreds of bison
trees 300, 400 and 500 years old. graze in a prairie paradise. Browse
through the gift shop stocked with local
• In the nearby towns of Cleveland, treasures.
Mannford, Pawnee and Sand Springs,
you’ll discover unique shopping, great • A short drive away, Shidler welcomes
restaurants, golf courses, tennis facilities, with an unexpected treasure, the Bivin
and museums. In Cleveland, visit the Garden. Here you’ll discover themed
Triangle Heritage Museum and the town’s gardens surrounded by huge trees.
charming downtown shopping district Picnics are in order to complete a visit
where you’ll find Nick Nack Memories and to this relaxing, unexpected haven on
Hickory House Restaurant. the prairie.

Mannford, offers the Keystone Crossroads • Resting in the Osage hills between Tulsa
Museum, and Pawnee invites you to and Bartlesville, Skiatook is a growing
Pawnee County Historical Society Museum city that’s proud to be the gateway to
and Dick Tracy Headquarters. See a Wild Skiatook Lake. The 10,190 acres of
West Show at the Pawnee Bill Ranch and clear water draws those seeking all
learn about showman Pawnee Bill. Enjoy sorts of recreation—fishing, camping,
the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical picnicking and boating.
Museum housed in a classic Art Deco

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In Downtown Tulsa Since 1916 Indian Art tulsa
Turquoise Jewelry
111 S. Detroit Ave. T-Shirts • Moccasins Historical
Mon-Fri: 10 AM-5:30 PM Pottery • Beads society
Sat: 10 AM-4:30 PM Craft Supplies
To Illuminate the Past, Enhance the Present and
Now located in the Pendelton Blankets Influence the Future . . . Our Mission
Blue Dome District Tulsa Souvenirs
Museum Hours Tues.-Sat.: 10am-4pm • Thurs.: 10am-8pm (March-Oct.) • Closed Holidays
Oklahoma Souvenirs Admission Members: FREE • Adults: $5 • Seniors: $3 • Children & Students: FREE

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• Route 66, the “Mother Road,” ribbons a cosmopolitan style while boasting a dining choices are huge… from the Fuji
its way through downtown Sapulpa, a rich oil heritage. Gilcrease and Philbrook Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Brookside
community with a knack for welcoming Museums are two of the city’s world-class to the Polo Grill and P.F. Chang’s in Utica
visitors. A few miles from Tulsa, historic cultural attractions, both claiming ties to Square…to Kilkenny’s Irish Pub & Eatery
Sapulpa is preserved in the authentically oil barons. and McNellie’s Public House in downtown.
renovated storefronts. An Oklahoma Main Add favorites like Hideaway Pizza, Billy
Street Community, Sapulpa is on the T-Town’s music fame, both past and Simms BBQ, TiAmo’s and The Spudder
National Register of Historic Places. present, is legendary. Everything from Steakhouse (extensively decorated with oil
Country and Western to Jazz is heard field memorabilia) and you have the menu
The town boasts friendly merchants, in local nightspots and in huge music for some succulent dining experiences!
unique shopping, many restaurants, parks, festivals. With the Cesar Pelli-designed
a golf course, lakes and many annual BOK Center, the city is among the nation’s Architecture buffs know Tulsa’s
events. Enjoy some local fare at Freddie’s top entertainment destinations. prominence in the Art Deco world. A
Steakhouse & BBQ or Go West Restaurant downtown walking tour is a must to see
& Saloon, and browse the interesting In the Brady District, Cain’s Ballroom, these surprising treasures. Save time for
shops such as Little Bit of Country. Stop the restored “Home of Western Swing” visits to the Tulsa Zoo, the Tulsa Air &
in the Sapulpa Historical Museum, full of invites your nostalgic visit. Performances Space Museum and Planetarium, Sherwin
artifacts and exhibits, and enjoy Heritage and events also draw thousands to the Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Historic
Park—a one-of-a-kind playground for all Tulsa Performing Arts Center, historic Route 66 gems, Tulsa Garden Center, and
ages. Brady Theatre and Expo Square’s multiple the River Parks Trails System.
venues including the Pavilion, an Art Deco
• Tulsa, Green Country’s largest city, offers jewel. Events include Tulsa International Mayfest,
a myriad of attractions, activities, festivals, Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Ride & Race,
nationally renowned performances, Several entertainment districts feature Tulsa State Fair, the Oklahoma State
sporting and equestrian events. a wide variety of restaurants, shopping Sugar Arts Show and one of the Nation’s
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casual sophistication


Say hello to Tulsa. If you’re looking for a long weekend getaway filled with big-city fun
and small-town charm, Tulsa delivers. You name it, we’ve got it. Art, architecture,
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FilmAinUg LGUocaStiTon:


Scenic Byways State Parks Wild Horses Blue Lakes Museums
Bison Casinos Wineries Outdoor Adventure Proud Osages

Big Heart Day, Tallgrass Musical Festival, KawFest Celebration,
Tallgrass Musical Festival, Ben Johnson Steer Roping, Cavalcade,

Kiheka Steh Pow Wow, Shidler Car Show, Pioneer Day
Wynona Car Show, Indian Taco Championship, Heart of the Osage Craft Fair


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Gallery of artist Cha’ Tullis established in 1977
on the Osage Indian Nation Reservation,
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Large selection of Silver &
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Sculptures, Pottery & Gifts.

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Call us toll-free 888.636.0351
Free factory tours available

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August 24, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Shidler OK

The Bivin Garden 918.793.4961 Weddings
Six-acre [email protected]
botanical garden Registration form online: Dances
surrounded by
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Open weekends Catered Events
May–September or
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by appointment Skiatook, OK

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Held at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, OK Skiatook Lake—
Outdoor Recreation
July 15 - 21, 2013
Antique Shops
World's Largest Amateur Rodeo! Festivals
Pow Wow
Over 1,600 Contestants & Over 100 Roundup Clubs
Wild Horse Race • Chuck Wagon Race • Bulls • Broncs & More Skiatook Chamber
“Dance Under the Stars” held after each nightly performance of Commerce

headlining some of the hottest acts in country music. 304 E Rogers Blvd
Osage Tribal Sp&uArrsrows
Museum WesternDecor… Skiatook Annual Chamber Banquet
andmore! February 2, 2013
Visit The Osage Tribal Museum,
the Oldest Tribally Owned 126 E Main,Pawhuska • 918.287.1523 Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt
Museum in the United March 30, 2013
States. Established 1938.
Authorized Pendleton Dealer Oklahoma Championship Wagon
Where the Past Meets the Future. Unique Gifts Races - May 10-12, 2013
Jewelry Farmers Market Open
OPEN Tallgrass Music Festival
Tues–Sat 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. May 30-31st - June 2, 2013
Tours, Individuals Welcome
Skiatook Education Foundation Golf
819 Grandview Ave, Pawhuska, OK Tournament - June 14, 2013
918.287.5441 Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks
July 3, 2013
View our photo collection at 44th Annual Kihekah Steh Pow Wow
July 26-29, 2013

Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival
September 23, 2013

Fantasy On Wheels Car Show
September 23, 2013

Skiatook Trunk Or Treat
October, 2013

Skiatook Chamber Annual Auction
November, 2013

Skiatook Christmas Parade
December 13, 2013

Skiatook Santa Workshop
December 13, 2013

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The Grand Canyon
Thomas Moran (1837-1926) American born England

detail, oil on canvas, GM 0127.2351

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Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Shop Downtown Broken Arrow Check Out What
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May 9–12 Rooster Days Oct 2013 Wine, Eats & Easels Arrow Has to Offer:
June 2013 Tuesdays in the Park Oct 26 Fun & Games on Main
with Night Out Against Apparel • Arts & Crafts
June 29 Blue Bell Taste of Crime Collectibles & Antiques
Summer Nov 14 Holiday Teaoff Floral • Gifts • Furniture & Home
Personal Products
Sept 21 Arts & Crafts Show Dec 2013 Christmas Parade Restaurants & Bars • Decor
Art on Main Jewelry • Professional Services
Salons & Spas • Specialty Foods
Fight Club • Community Playhouse

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“New & interactive themed exhibits”

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Dewey is...

Family Fun

• Antique
& Specialty Stores

• Dewey Hotel
& Museum

• Tom Mix Museum
• Wild West Show
• Antique Car

& Tractor Show




Discover Art, Architecture
and Design in our gallery,
on our historic tower tour,
while toasting friends at
Copper Bar and staying
in the Inn at Price Tower.

Copper Bar Arts Center Gallery Inn at Price Tower

Call 918.336.4949 for info
510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, OK
For reservations call 877.424.2424 or visit

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Enjoy the outdoors

in Nature’s


• Fishing
• Hunting
• Bird Watching
• Horseback Riding
• Hiking Trails...
and more at Kaw Lake
in northern Oklahoma

For more information contact
The Kaw Lake Association
580.762.9494 or
877.670.6985 or
see us on Facebook


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It’s always
in style.

May 3-5,2013

Antique Power Exhibits
Family Events & Much More!

Adults $8.00 • 12 & Under Free
Gates Open at 8 am

918.762.2108 •

Corps of Engineer Office Historical re-creation
Kaw Lake: 580.762.5611 of Pawnee Bill’s famous Wild West Show
annually in June
Learn to
Swim Well Gordon W. Lillie April-October
(Pawnee Bill) Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
800.922.2118 Sun-Mon 1pm-4pm
918.762.2513 November-March Closed Mon & Tue
1141 Pawnee Bill Rd
Pawnee, Oklahoma

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Play Your Heart Out . .

Left to Right: Rocklahoma Music Festival, Pryor; Belvidere Mansion, Claremore; Picture In Scripture Amphitheater, Disney; The Blue Whale on Route 66,
Catoosa; Pensacola Dam, Langley; The Totem Pole, Foyil; Oologah Lake; The Coleman Theatre on Route 66, Miami.


Catoosa Locust Grove 3 1
Chouteau Mazie Broken
Claremore Miami Arrow 2 4 Eucha
Disney Pryor Lake
Grove Quapaw Cherokee Turnpike
Ketchum Vinita
Langley GREAT
LAKES Turnpike

1 Grand Lake O’
The Cherokees

2 Lake Hudson
3 Oologah Lake
4 Spavinaw/Eucha


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. . in Green Country’s


• Claremore, located on Historic Route 66, • Near-by Catoosa is home to the Hard EVENTS
thrives on its history. Just visit the many Rock Hotel and Casino, offering gaming,
museums including J.M. Davis Arms & a luxurious hotel, golf course, restaurants Complete Calendar - page 57
Historical Museum, Will Rogers Memorial and live performances in a state-of-the-
Museum, Oklahoma Military Academy art concert hall. Nearby the iconic “Blue Apr 26- Destination Claremore
Museum, Belvidere Victorian Mansion, and Whale” is found on Route 66. May 4 Claremore
the Lynn Riggs Memorial Museum. Totem
Pole Park, home of the world’s largest • The town of Oologah and Oologah Lake May Rocklahoma Music
totem pole, is found on Route 66 in Foyil, a are a short drive away for more water 24-26 Festival-Pryor
short distance from Claremore. adventures and a stop at the Will Rogers
Dog Iron Ranch & Birthplace Home. The June O’Reilly’s National Monster
The city’s entertainment options and famed Cherokee humorist and film star 7-8 Truck Rally-Miami
its special events are second to none, was born in 1879 in the log-walled, two-
inlcuding Destination Claremore and story home. Aug 18 Will Rogers & Wiley Post
the Blue Grass & Chili Festival. Will Fly-In-Oologah
Rogers Days celebrates the birthday of • Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, “Daddy
Oklahoma’s native son each November. of all Lakes” is one of the most popular Aug Will Rogers Memorial
The Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs recreational and fishing lakes in northeast 28-31 Rodeo-Vinita
provides hours of fun and entertainment. Oklahoma’s Green Country. With 1,300
miles of shoreline, 46,500 surface acres Sept Bluegrass & Chili Festival
Fine dining and downtown antique shops of water and 62 miles of lake, Grand Lake 5-7 Claremore
are major visitor magnets. Browse the offers boundless recreational opportunities
more than 250 merchants offering for boaters, skiers, swimmers and Sept 7 Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour
antiques, collectibles and gifts, such fishermen. Pryor
as My Doll Castle and Hudson-Metcalf
Antiques. Enjoy dining at the Hammett On the forested shores, wildlife thrives. Nov 29- Camp Dry Gulch Christmas
House, home of mile high pies; The Pink The lake is a haven for migratory fowl and Dec 20 Train-Pryor
House, a favorite lunch spot for delightful is famed as the winter lake home of the
salads and sweet treats; Hot Mama’s Deli, American White Pelican, honoree of the
inside the Nut House on Route 66; and the area’s annual Pelican Festival. When the
Belvidere Tea Room. floodgates of the world’s longest multiple
arch dam, the Pensacola Dam, are open,
the American Bald Eagle and the Osprey
search the racing waters for fish.

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Left to Right: Battle at Cabin Creek, Vinita; “Will & Soapsuds” on Cooweescoowee Avenue, Oologah; Route 66 Ribbon Road, Miami; AK

G R E A T LHorse Racing, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, Claremore; Lake Hudson; Bike Riding, Grand Lake.

Grand Lake boasts numerous marinas, Coves wander off, inviting fishermen to performances just as it did years ago.
golf courses, tennis courts, state parks follow. Sportsmen hook a large variety of Tours are available at the grand ole’
with public boat ramps, picnic and fish on Lake Hudson including largemouth, theatre.
camping facilities, hiking trails, lakeside black, spotted and white bass; crappie;
eateries and more. In February 2013 the bluegill; channel catfish and walleye. While in town also visit the Dobson
famed Bassmaster Classic will be held Wildlife thrives in the area, with pelicans Museum, the top-rated Peoria Ridge Golf
here and in Tulsa. and eagles becoming inhabitants in the fall Course and several casinos.
and winter months.
The Grand Lake area includes the Dining options include Waylan’s Ku-Ku
communities of Grove, Jay, Disney, • The state’s first white settlement was Drive-In for delicious burgers; Stonehill
Ketchum, Langley, Pensacola, Duck founded in 1796 on the banks of the Grand Grill for steaks; and Woody’s on Route
Creek and South Grand Lake offering River near present-day Salina. Be sure 66. Browse some local favorite shops like
accommodations, shopping, attractions to visit the Chouteau Memorial Museum Chapters Bookstore and Coffee Shop,
and tasty dining fare. Be sure to tour to learn about the Three Rivers area and Classy Brass Antiques and Route 66
the historic Pensacola Dam and delight catch a glimpse of life in a trading post. Vintage Iron.
at a performance at Disney’s Picture in
Scripture Amphitheater. • Miami is home to many fun-filled, family • If you appreciate beautiful scenery, you’ll
friendly attractions and events. Boasting enjoy Pryor. With an abundance of lakes,
• Lake Hudson, just south of Grand Lake the longest stretch of Historic Route parks and waterfalls nearby, nature is at
is often referred to as “the best bass lake 66—13 miles ribbon through Miami and its finest. Pryor is less than 50 miles from
in Oklahoma.” Lake Hudson accepts that Ottawa County—Miami also is home more than 2,500 miles of lake shoreline.
honor and adds more. It’s a beautiful lake to the Coleman Theatre. Built in 1929, Lake Hudson, a mere 10 minutes away,
with 200 miles of panoramic shoreline the Coleman’s stage held the likes of is one of the best fishing lakes in the
rising to majestic bluffs. A variety of water Will Rogers, Bob Hope, Sally Rand and entire state! Other nearby lakes round out
sports are available, and public access Groucho Marx. Lavish in its styling, the your opportunities for all types of water
is made easy with ample boat ramps, Coleman has enjoyed massive, authentic recreation.
recreation areas and marinas. renovations and is currently selling out

Pensacola Dam


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Notable attractions and events on land include Dry Will Rogers
Gulch U.S.A. featuring the ever-popular Christmas Train; Downs
Rocklahoma Music Festival; DAM J.A M. Bicycle Tour and
more. Favorite eateries include J.L.’s Barbeque and Mid- IT’S ALL HAPPENING AT
American Grille. Browse some unique shops such as Village CHEROKEE CASINO
Shop, Meme’s and Sandusky’s Market & Music. WILL ROGERS DOWNS.

History buffs enjoy the town’s Coo-Y-Yah Museum, housing Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is just 20
Cherokee and Osage Indian artifacts, art and local history minutes from Tulsa and features live Thoroughbred
items. Near-by towns hold historical significance: Chouteau is and Quarter Horse racing in the spring and fall.
the location of the state’s first mission, and a famous Civil War There’s also year-round simulcast racing, 250
battle was fought in Locust Grove. electronic games, the KOA RV Park and live
entertainment Thursday through Saturday at the
• Like so many communities along historic Route 66, Vinita Dog Iron Saloon. We’ve also got ample facilities and
was a railroad town. Today visitors find a thriving shopping staff to cater your next banquet, meeting or event.
district, a variety of eateries, wine tasting tours and a historic
district filled with quaint shops and structures reminiscent
of the town’s Victorian history. Clanton’s Café is the oldest,
continuous family owned restaurant on Oklahoma’s Route 66
and is a treat for all.

Grapes thrive in Vinita’s sunshine, so take time to visit Cabin
Creek Vineyard and Summerside Winery, Meadery and Bistro
for tastes and tours.

Will Rogers Turnpike at Exit 255, Claremore, OK
918.283.8800 •

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World’s largest privately Awarded “Pride of Super 8”. Authentic log cabin on Located on Historic Route Experience twelve
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918-825-0157 Pryor ... Heart of Eastern Oklahoma’s
Great Lakes

Annual Area Events Located in the

Saturday Mar-Oct foothills of the Ozark
Mayes County Farmers Market Mountains, the
beautiful scenery
1st Saturday Apr-Nov around Pryor attracts
Traders’ Day • Whitaker Park all who love the
May ~ Rocklahoma Music Festival outdoor life. An
June ~ Freedom Fest Starlight abundance of lakes,
parks and waterfalls
Band Concert & Festival offers opportunities for all who enjoy
4-Way Rodeo • ACRA/CRRA nature, hiking, fishing and all water sports
American Cowboy Trade Days at their finest.

& The Celebration of
the American Cowboy
Sept ~ Mayes County Fair
Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour
Sept ~ NE Oklahoma Art Show
Nov - Dec ~ The Christmas Train

at Dry Gulch USA
Dec ~ Pryor’s Annual Christmas

Parade of Lights

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15 Attractions • 13 Area Casinos • 8 Hotels • 1 Hour NE of Tulsa
Special Discounts for Groups • Exciting Concerts & Events
New Coleman Theatre Ballroom for Special Events
Oklahoma’s Largest Municipal Swimming Pool
State’s Capital for Spoonbill Fishing

JANUARY • 16th Annual Peoria Pow-Wow OCTOBER Waylan’s Ku-Ku Drive-In
• NEO A&M College HS Basketball • Picher All-School Reunion • British Flyers Remembrance Ceremony hosts a Rt 66 Cruise
• D-Day Adventure at the Bunker Night the 4th Saturday of
Tourney • Pizza Hut Express Rt 66 Car Show at the G.A.R Cemetery the month, April through
• Miami Nation Tribal Stomp • Shawnee Tribe Children’s Pow-Wow • Miami NOW (Native Oklahoma Weekend) September.
• Oklahoma 8-Man Football All-Star • NEO A&M College Homecoming
Dance Coleman Theatre, Miami
Game Weekend Little Theatre and NEO
MARCH • Miami Revvin’ It Up Rt 66 Car Show & Theatre events:
• Peoria Stomp Dance NOVEMBER
• NEO Founders Day Celebration Cruise Night • Twin Bridges State Park Festival of
Spoonbill Fishing
APRIL JULY Lights Opens Season - March through
• Aggie Days at NEO A&M College • Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride the first of May.
• Firework Celebration at Riverview DECEMBER
MAY • Rt 66 Christmas Parade
• Rodeo Miami Park • Miami Main Street’s Holiday Home Tour
• G.A.R. Cemetery Memorial Day • Quapaw Tribal Pow-Wow • Medieval Feaste at NEO A&M College

• Miami Nation Tribal Pow-Wow • Ottawa County Free Fair & Annual
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Commencement • Seneca Cayuga Tribal Green Corn Econolodge....................................................... 918.542.6631
• Oklahoma Boys State at NEO Hampton Inn and Suites .................................... 918.541.1500
SEPTEMBER Holiday Inn Express........................................... 918.542.7424
A&M College • Wyandotte Tribal Pow-Wow Legacy Inn and Suites........................................918.542.3382
• Miami Municipal Pool Opens • Eastern Shawnee Tribal Pow-Wow Microtel Inn and Suites .....................................918.540.3333
• BMX Race for Life Weekend • Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

JUNE History Walking Tour
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O’ the Cherokees


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EXPLORE the Lakes of Green Country

With more than a half million surface acres of water and more shoreline than the East and Gulf coasts
combined, the Great Lakes of Green Country offer fun and relaxation to outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Eufaula

Visitors are always delighted by beautiful Lake Eufaula. With more than 660
miles of shoreline, the lake presents natural beauty marked by meandering
chains of bays and channels set in a rolling prairie and backed by lofty hills.
Numerous park areas are available and include stables, nature trails,
service docks, launching ramps, golf courses, campgrounds and
airparks. Major camping sites and picnic areas are furnished with
parking areas, picnic shelters, drinking water, charcoal grills and rest rooms.
Fishing on Lake Eufaula is rated excellent for striped bass, large mouth
bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, walleye and numerous species of
sunfish. Principal game species include bobwhite quail, deer, cottontail
rabbit, squirrel, duck, geese and mourning dove.

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Ft. Gibson Lake

Fort Gibson Lake is located on the Grand (Neosho) River five miles North-
west of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma and lies in Wagoner, Cherokee and Mayes
counties, extending upriver to the Markham Ferry Dam.
Just a short drive from Metropolitan Tulsa and Muskogee, recreational
opportunities abound! The area offers more than 17,000 acres of public
hunting, 4,500 acres of waterfowl refuge, eight marinas and the West-
ern Hills Guest Ranch where golf and horseback riding are available.
Wagoner and Fort Gibson have a historic past that includes fur traders,
Indians and the United States military who used the waterway and the
“Old Texas Road”, now known as US 69, traveling between St. Louis and
Texas. Sam Houston had a trading post and from this area traveled to
Texas to meet his destiny.
Today you’ll find great antiques, museums, good food, a water park
and special events, cabins, camping and more are available.

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake O’The Cherokees is a water wonderland offering you and your
family an extraordinary vacation experience. With more than 60,000 surface
acres of clear, blue water and 1,300 miles of shoreline, the lake and the
immediate area offer boundless facilities and entertainment opportunities.
There are six state parks, numerous RV parks, lodging, attractions, marinas
and many fine restaurants.
Renowned throughout the region as a destination for bass fishermen,
the lake also has catfish, crappie and spoonbills. Grand Lake is a haven for
migratory fowl and other wildlife and is famous for its pelicans. Each year
the area celebrates the migratory bird at its annual Pelican Festival.
The lake is an ideal environment for boating, fishing and swimming.
Sailboat enthusiasts find that the southwest to northeast direction of the
lake makes it the perfect environment for their sport. There are plenty of bike
trails, places for off-roading and miles of gorgeous scenery for hiking and
camping! Grand Lake is a beautiful location to vacation, retire or just have fun!

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EXPLORE the Lakes of Green Country

Just try to keep your family out of the water on a Green Country vacation! Most of the lakes are well suited
for water skiing, swimming, boating, sailing, jet skiing and are well equipped with camping and picnicking
facilities, boat ramps, hiking and backpacking trails. Everything you need for a great vacation experience!

Kaw Lake

Kaw Lake has a large variety of recreational opportunities for north central
Oklahoma. Spring and summer, the lake beckons swimmers, boaters, skiers and
jet-skiers with over 17,000 acres of water and 168 miles of shoreline.

For those with fishing on their mind, Kaw Lake and the Arkansas River offer
catfish, crappie, sand bass, walleye and spoonbill. It is one of the best lakes in
Oklahoma for blue cat. In spring and early summer, striped bass are abundant
and summer is excellent paddlefish time.

Kaw Lake is a Corps of Engineers lake with seven campgrounds and 268 camp-
sites, many of which include electric, water, trailer dumps, toilets/showers and
playgrounds. Camp McFadden on the lake’s west side is a multi-use recreational
area that is great for retreats and family reunions. It includes a large lodge,
cabins, canoe and fishing ponds, hiking trails, RV hookups and ropes course.

For boaters, there are two marinas and 13 boat ramps. The marinas offer fuel,
food and other amenities, plus year-round boat storage. The McFadden Cove
Marina offers boats and jet skis for rent.

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birds and even an Eagle Watch that is held the third Saturday in January!
Nearby Ponca City hosts numerous historical/cultural attractions and many
motels and restaurants.


EXPLORE the Lakes of Green Country

From thousands of acres of pubic hunting to hundred of miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, the
lakes of Green Country can satisfy any outdoors man.

Keystone Lake

Discover the natural beauty and serenity surrounding Keystone Lake just
20 miles west of Tulsa. Sprawling across the Creek, Osage, Pawnee and Tulsa
counties of Green Country, Keystone Lake has 330 miles of shoreline and
provides recreation, relaxation and enjoyment for visitors and residents alike.
Fish and wildlife resources provide a great variety of outdoor recreational
opportunities. Sandy beaches offer fun in the sun where you can enjoy boating,
sailing, yachting, swimming, jet skiing, water skiing and wind surfing.
For the land lover, there is camping, picnicking, hiking, nature trails, horse-
back riding and 17,000 acres of land open for public hunting. You will find
unique shopping, great restaurants, golf courses, tennis facilities, cultural
and heritage museums, and much more.
Visit the bald eagle tours on the lake by the dam in January - February and en-
joy the friendly people, varied attractions and relaxed lifestyle.

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