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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

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


Sculptures

Life-size sculptures of "The Athlete", "The Muse", and "The Scholar"

Tonkawa, OK Arts

Armory Building

The Tonkawa Armory was built by the WPA in 1936

Tonkawa, OK Historic Buildings


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

Things to do near Tonkawa, OK

Alabaster Caverns Park Hiking

Enjoy hiking the outdoors on one of the Park's four trails: the Freedom Interpretive Nature Trail is 1/2 mile while the Old T...

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...

Buffalo Municipal Swimming Pool

The Buffalo Municipal Swimming Pool, located next to the High School complex, is a heated, open, eleven foot deep, Junior Oly...

Golden Oaks Golf Course

Golden Oaks Golf Course is a par-3, pitch and putt course located at Golden Oaks Village. Driving range and course are open f...