Tonkawa, Oklahoma

Tonkawa, Oklahoma

It was a land of the Nez Perce and later the Tonkawa Indians. It was a land of wildcatters and saloons, tamed by the 1893 land-run settlers and farmers.

Today, over 100 years later, it's a land of wheat fields and higher education ... small town charm, yet convenient to major highways and large cities. Whether you are coming for a visit or looking for a place to call home, we invite you to explore Tonkawa, a community where, as the name "Tonkawa" says, "we all stay together."

Known as the "Wheatheart" of Oklahoma, agriculture and education are at the heart of Tonkawa's continuing success. The Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) campus is home to more than 3,000 students and more than 250 ornamental plants and trees. Three interesting museums highlight Tonkawa's rich history and the Northern Performing Arts Center is host to the Redbud Jass Festival held annually in April.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Centennial Marker

The Cherokee Strip Centennial Marker located in Centennial Park is dedicated to the people who loved the land and settled this area during the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893

Tonkawa, OK Memorials

Botanical Garden & Arboretum

Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) is one of the most recent affiliate gardens of the Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Since its establishment in 1901

Tonkawa, OK Arboretums

McCarter Museum

In 1997, the Tonkawa Historical Society purchased a building in downtown Tonkawa to house a museum. Ideally located directly across from Centennial Park, the McCarter Museum of Tonkawa History was opened on July 4th, 1997. The innovative interior layout was designed to tell a series of "stories." Tonkawa, OK Museums

Things to do near Tonkawa, OK

Alva Municipal Airport Museum

The Alva Municipal Airport Museum provides an interesting look into the past with a section on the World War II prisoner of w...

Mormon Battalion Memorial Plaque

A plaque was erected in 1983 at the north side of the courthouse in Boise City, observing the crossing of this area by the 50...