Visitors to Freedom
are astounded by the lingering presence of the "Old West." In appreciation of the large cattle ranches and farms supporting the town of Freedom
, the merchants have redesigned their main street to reflect the Old West in their storefronts. Nearly every building in the downtown area is fronted with rough cedar wood in designs typical of the early day cowtown.
Just to the south of Freedom
, amidst a series of deep, rugged canyons inhabited by Indians and outlaws years ago, is Alabaster Caverns State Park
, and the world's largest gypsum cave open to the public. Nearby is the Selman Bat Cave
, a summer refuge for one million Mexican free-tailed bats that can be viewed emerging en mass for their nightly insect feedings. Just west of Freedom
is Cargill Solar Salt
where the Cimarron River has created one of Oklahoma's largest natural salt deposits. In the rolling hills north of Freedom
is a remote and lonely site known as the Salt Haulers Grave
, where a crude, hand-carved stone marks the burial site of two unfortunate cowboys, victims of one of American history's last-known Indian raids.
's population swells to about twenty-five times its normal size the third weekend of August each year, as local volunteers stage the "Annual Freedom Rodeo and Old Cowhand Reunion
," recognized as one of Oklahoma's 'Outstanding Events of the Year.' This renowned event includes a free 'chuckwagon style' dinner for all who attend, live country music and dancing, and an explosive melodramatic farce entitled "The Great Freedom
Bank Robbery and Shootout."
abounds with interesting attractions, including an inspirational cowboy building mural entitled "Posting the Colors."
The Freedom Museum
highlights local history, and is home to one of the largest barbed wire collections in the country. The Cimarron Cowboy Monument
is a magnificent portrayal of the early-day cowboy and the environment in which he lived and loved so much. The Freedom Public School
ranks among the very best, and provides the latest in curriculum and technology training to average class sizes below a dozen students.
The cowtown atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings, and the genuine hospitality of its people, all blend together to make Freedom --- a town as unique as the name itself!
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