Stephens County, the state's Number 1 producer of oil, was established July 16, 1907 and named for John Hall Stephens, a representative from Texas. Stephens County came largely from the Chickasaw Nation of Indian Territory (the old Pickens County), with a small portion on the Western edge from part of Oklahoma Territory, as the dividing Territory line, the 98th Meridian, cut through the county.
Oil was discovered in what is now Stephens County several years before Oklahoma became a state. Many little towns were established around the drilling sites, but when no oil was found they faded away. As early as 1903, shallow wells were drilled in the Cruce area, near Duncan Lake.
Located in Stephens County of Southern Oklahoma, Duncan Area Lakes offer a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities provided in a good family atmosphere. Awaiting you are the four area lakes, Clear Creek Lake, Duncan Lake, Lake Fuqua, and Lake Humphreys, each having its own unique characteristics and charm, and not to forget - five state record black bass. Year round fishing houses are available for seasonal fishing.
Explore Stephens County
The Stephens County Museum, located at the old National Guard Armory, was accepted into the National Registry of Historic Places in the Spring of 1997.
Visiting the museum can transport you back into a simpler time; you can literally "step" into Grandma'Duncan, OK Museums
Oklahoma's largest bronze sculpture (16' high and 35" long) stands in Duncan, adjacent to the museum. The sculpture shows a chuch wagon followed by longhorn cattle on the move northward. Cowboys are intent on the herd. Of interest to young observers is the trail dog trotting alongside.Duncan, OK Arts