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Carter County, OK

Carter CountyCarter County is located on the Sunny Side of the Arbuckle Mountains, and is home to Lake Murray, the state's first and largest man-made lake. The area was first known as Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.

Ardmore, the county seat, was founded in1887 by Santa Fe railway workers and has grown from the greatest inland cotton exporter in the world to a city on the move. Thanks to an active and progressive development authority, Ardmore is leading the way to growth and prosperity.

Lake Murray on the south offers boating, camping and fishing, plus golf, hiking and equestrian trails, bicycling, cottages, a 54-room resort and Tucker Tower Nature Center. In Ardmore, the Charles B. Goddard Center offers changing exhibits of modern art and ongoing programs.

Ardmore also is home to the Southwest Historical Museum, featuring exhibits and artifacts from the 1500s to pioneer settlement, and the Military Memorial Museum, containing military artifacts
from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. Numerous antique shops, the Eliza Cruce Doll Museum at the new public library, and the many events going on at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum keep both tourists and locals entertained. Also, don't miss the annual Balloonfest, the held the third weekend of July!

In Healdton, visit the area's first oil well at the Discovery Well, and the Veteran's Museum is housed in log cabins and display military exhibits. The city lake is famous for black bass fishing.

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Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club

Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club, listed in Golf Digest's "Top 200,"

Ardmore, OK Golf Courses


Ardmore Parks

Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, camping, picnics, athletics, and other outdoor activities are plentiful in Ardmore. The City's dozen parks and four lakes cover hundreds of acres under supervision of the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Dept. Ardmore Regional Park

Ardmore, OK Parks

Carter County Courthouse Seth Thomas Clock

The Seth Thomas Clock in the dome of the Carter County Courthouse was installed in 1928. There is a dial on each side of the dome-- north, south, east and west. The metal plate on the front says the clock is #2677 and dated May 5, 1928. The clock as been stopped since 1988 or 1989. In April 1988

Ardmore, OK Historic Courthouses

Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum

Over 300 rare and antique dolls are on display at the museum located in the Ardmore Public Library. Eliza Cruce Hall came as a child to Indian Territory in 1896 and was the niece of the state'

Ardmore, OK Museums

Lake Murray Golf Course

Lake Murray Golf Course combines a public, 18-hole course, plus miniature golf. Nestled in the wooded hills of Oklahoma's largest state park, the course's tight, tree-lined fairways put the emphasis on accuracy. Murray's signature par-three 16

Ardmore, OK Golf Courses


Greater Southwest Historical Museum

Housed in a native-stone building constructed during Roosevelt's WPA days, the museum traces the heritage of settlers who carved out a living in early day Indian Territory to those living in the 1930s. Featured is an 1892 Cabin inside the museum.

Ardmore, OK Museums

Hardy Murphy Coliseum

Numerous western events take place in this WPA-era stone building and arena, named for "Mr. Ardmore," Hardy Murphy, a horseman who performed with his palomino, Old Buck, throughout the U.S and Europe. The Hardy Murphy Coliseum is a multi-use facility offering a 25,000

Ardmore, OK Historic Buildings

Ardmore City Lake

160 Acres Boat Ramp/Boat Dock Picnic Tables and Grill Pavillion Fishing piers Handicap Access Facilities

Ardmore, OK Recreation


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