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Enid, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

This is historic Enid, Oklahoma - the hub of Northwest Oklahoma since its overnight development in the 1893 Land Run. It's the Bright Star of the Great Plains. It is a town said to have been named by a railroad official after a character in Tennyson's "The Idylls of the King," who felt that Geraint's wife, Enid, should be honored by having a city named for her. Other sources say that a group of cattle drivers who stopped in Government Springs Park to eat turned the "DINE" sign on the cook tent upside down!

It took the first settlers only a short time to discover that two Enid townsites had been plotted. These two townsites were only three miles apart and therefore a struggle between the north and south towns began. At the turn of the century, easy access to a railroad was an absolute must if a community was to grow and prosper. The Rock Island Railroad had put its depot at North Enid, even though Enid established the post office and was designated as "the government town," by surveyors of the land rush.

The railroad stopped in North Enid rather than Enid, and a battle ensued. Then one night, persons, still unknown, sawed through the supports on a Rock Island railroad trestle southeast of Enid, and the nest train was dumped into the gully. A short time later the railroad agreed to move its depot to Enid. Good times followed.

From the standpoint of attractions and fun things to do, Enid has much to offer both the traveler and the resident. The Museum of the Cherokee Strip offers unique insight into the history of the area; the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma is a must-see for railroad buffs and historians; George's Auto Museum features outstandingly-refurbished relics of motor history; Midgley Museum offers both unique architecture and a collection of interesting artifacts, and Bartunek's Winery offers wine from grapes grown in Oklahoma. The recently restored Government Springs Park features Humphrey Heritage Village. Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse and Adventure Quest have exhibits in the arts and sciences and hands-on programs for both children and adults.

Recreational opportunities include parks where you can take a ride on the train, play tennis, picnic, or relax by the lake, and three golf course for championship challenges.

Enid currently has a population of approximately 47,000 citizens proud of their progressive city, their cultural centers, their nationally recognized Vance Air Force Base, and the huge elevators that have long been Enid landmarks reflecting the city's agricultural roots.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma

If you are fascinated by trains, you will like the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma. Within the museum compound, there are six cabooses from railroads that have served Enid (Union Pacific, BNSF, Grain Belt), a baggage car, motor cars, a three-dome tank car, and a 50-ton engine.

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Enid, OK Museums

Tri-State Music Festival Statue

The Tri-State Music Festival attracts more than 14,000 students to Enid. It features a marching contest, multi-million-dollar parade and a grand concert. The Tri-State Music Festival Statue was dedicated May 1, 1976 at the 44th Annual Festival honoring 441,405 Participants and Directors from 18

Enid, OK Arts

"Boomer" Sculpture

Just across the street from where the original land office once stood that registered the claims of anxious settlers who succeeded in the land run is the life-size bronze sculpture of "Boomer."

Enid, OK Arts

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

The Museum of the Cherokee Strip in Enid, OK was transformed in 2012, into the first regional heritage center for the State of Oklahoma. It doubled in size to a 24,000 square foot facility featuring new state-of-the-art exhibits and was renamed the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Enid, OK Museums

Outdoor Murals

"Cromwell Mural" - Painted on the side of a building in the Cromwell Garden, this mural represents the home of the prominent J. Lee Cromwell family who contributed generously to the development of Enid. (1898 - 1992) Artist - Robert Steele, '93

Enid, OK Arts

Things to do near Enid, OK

University Lake Municipal Golf Course

University Lake Municipal Golf Course near Phillips University is a 9-hole hilly layout. Open at 8 am on weekdays and 7 am on...