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Murray County, OK

Murray CountyMurray County encompasses the ancient and spectacular geologic exposures of the Arbuckle Mountains. Planning a visit to the area should include several days in order to see the myriad of examples of natural wonders revealed in the opening of the earth's crust for even the unexperienced observer to marvel from uplifted layers of the earth's surface at Turner Falls to the gurgling sulphur springs in Sulphur. Early discoveries by explorers and settlers in the area can be studied at the musuem in Davis.

Geologic History

During the late Paleozoic Era, there was a tremendous pressure underground which resulted in a great uplift that formed the Wichita, Arbuckle, and Ouachita Mountains. The thick sedimentary layers that had been deposited early horizontally in the inland seas were now uplifted, folded, faulted, and eroded, exposing older rocks underneath and forming new deposits.

The rocks of the Paleozoic Era contain oil, gas, coal, and other mineral deposits that are economically important to Oklahoma. These Paleozoic rocks crop out over 75 per cent of the state, and are covered by much younger deposits in the remaining 25 per cent of our state.

Mountain building is a very long process in which the tremendous power of the forces of the Earth are realized. The formations found in the Arbuckles demonstrate how immense beds of rock have been folded, layered vertically, or overturned by the forces of nature.

As we look back on the exploration of the Arbuckles, several questions arise. How tall were the Arbuckles? Some suppose they were over 20,000 feet during the late Pennsylvanian years. The Arbuckle Mountains were ancient when the Rockies were being formed. Today, they are a mere 1400 feet above sea level. How did this happen? The Arbuckle Mountains were eroded by the action sand, wind, and water. The Arbuckle Mountain region of South Central Oklahoma is a rarity of the geological world. The 400 million year history is written in the rocks of the Arbuckles for all to see...

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Arbuckle Wilderness

Oklahoma's Premier Exotic Animal Theme Park Arbuckle Wilderness is a fantasy land filled with fun for all ages! Birthday parties are a blast and include all kinds of fun things to do!

Sulphur, OK Wildlife Refuges

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

"Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters" This statement was used to describe this area's significance by early American Indian inhabitants as long as 7,000

Sulphur, OK Recreation



The Castle and The Bar-C Dude Ranch

The Castle and the Bar-C were built by Dr. Ellsworth Collings, Dean of Education at the University of Oklahoma. It was never a permanent home of the Collings, but on special occasions, friends were entertained at the Castle in the Arbuckles.

Sulphur, OK Historic Homes


Sulphur Hills Golf Course

Play golf - the game of a lifetime! This 9-hole double tee golf course has a par of 72

Sulphur, OK Golf Courses

National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools

Whether you're a farrier, a horseman, or just interested in learning about one of the horse world's oldest trades, a visit to this museum gives an entertaining look at the tools, life and products in the horse-shoers' world.

Sulphur, OK Museums

Arbuckle Wilderness

Drive-through exotic animal theme park, food court, gift shop;

Davis, OK Wildlife Refuges

Arbuckle Historical Museum

Visit Sulphur's past! Find records from over 125 genealogical/research books from the Murray County Court House, periodicals, out of print books, school records from the early 1900'

Sulphur, OK Museums

Arbuckle Historical Museum

Local history & scale model of Fort Arbuckle, 1851-1870

Davis, OK Museums

Castle Rock Lakes & Golf

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Sulphur, OK Golf Courses

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