A Wonderful place to Live, Visit, Work and Play... Nestled at the foot of the Arbuckle mountains and surrounded by seven lakes totaling 100,000 acres, Ardmore is one of Oklahoma's most unique communities. Its strategic location on I-35, just 90 miles from either Dallas or Oklahoma City, gives Ardmore a unique market proximity.

Ardmore's turn-of-the-century downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Brick sidewalks, period street lamps, benches, and landscaped islands lend flavor to the area. Boutiques, antique malls, specialty stores and quaint restaurants are found among the historic structures on and near Main Street.

In 1887, a Santa Fe railroad crew stopped in the Chickasaw Indian Territory halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City to set up camp. They plowed a quarter-mile furrow to designate a main street among the buffalo bones and hers of wild horses and deer. The emerging town was named after Ardmore, Pennsylvania, which was named after Ardmore-By-The-Sea Ireland.

Twice the city was nearly destroyed, and twice it was rebuilt. In 1895 a livery stable fire burned 82 businesses and homes in six hours. Then in 1915, a worker pounding on a railroad tanker full of gasoline set off an explosion in the railroad yard that leveled the depot and blew off building tops.

The spirit and character that twice rebuilt the city remain today. Agriculture, oil, and industry fueled the growth of Ardmore into the city it is and is still becoming.

Attractions near Ardmore, Oklahoma

Chief Left Hand Monument

Born in the 1840s somewhere west of present Fort Supply, Left Hand ("Niwat," also "Nawathit") became principal chief of the s...

Bronze Sculptures
Bronze Sculptures

"Okie Cowboy""I spent much of my boyhood with a cowboy, the genuine article. This bronze sculpture remi...

Harmon County Courthouses
Harmon County Courthouses

The Harmon County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Harmon County evolved from th...

Broken Arrow Community Playhouse

Ongoing Performances. ...

Southwest Technology Center
Southwest Technology Center

The Southwest Technology Center provides flexible, quality vocational technical training to high school students and adults a...

Bank of Oologah

Furnishings, equipment from pre-statehood bank that bears the city's original spelling. ...

Cherokee Queen I & II
Cherokee Queen I & II

Cherokee Queen I has been one of Grand Lake's most popular and unique attractions sinceshewas assembled and launched in 1945....

T38 Talon
T38 Talon

The T38 Talon Training Plane was flown into Salina by Commander Burl "Peanuts" Rice and a memotial plaque reads: "In honor...

Mangum Library & Genealogy Center - WPA
Mangum Library & Genealogy Center - WPA

The Native stone building was built in 1936 and was a WPA project. The stone was dug from the ground and hauled in by teams a...

Ardmore Map

Upcoming Events near Ardmore, Oklahoma

Fenders and Flames Car show

Start Date: Fri August, 5th
The Fenders and Flames Car Show is hosted by the Coalgate Fire Department and is on its fifth year. The show is located in th...

Christmas Craft Show

Start Date: Fri December, 2nd
Christmas Craft Show – North Delaware....


Start Date: Fri July, 15th
Gene Autry Open Rodeo call in is Monday from 5-10PM. Muttin Bustin is 6 & under. $10 Fees. Enter when you get there. Team R...

Summer Daze Festival

Start Date: Fri July, 8th
Indoor and outdoor arts & crafts, foods and entertainment festival with additional festivities including watermelon and peach...

Annual Ray Stout Memorial Warbird Fly-in

Start Date: Fri June, 3rd
Historic and Classic Aircraft, Static Displays, Aerobatic Air show Acts and Oklahoma State BBQ Championship Contest! Fun, Fun...

Veterans Day Parade

Start Date: Fri November, 4th

Carter County Arts & Crafts Festival & Food Fair

Start Date: Fri November, 4th
Second Friday/Saturday. Visitors will find thousands of handmade items for sale including purses, jewelry, clothes, candles, ...

Ardmore Fall Festival

Start Date: Fri November, 4th
3 days of arts and crafts , food fair featuring an Amish food booth. Color TV drawing and hourly drawings of donated gifts ...

Halloween Night at Lake Murray Resort

Start Date: Fri October, 21st
Put on your ghoulish garb & join us. Carve pumpkins & make other creepy crafts. Lake Murray Resort Park....

Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Show

Start Date: Fri September, 16th
Dust off your old farm boots and head on down to the Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Show. Travel back in time an...

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