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Great Plains Country, Oklahoma

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In southwestern Oklahoma the golden shortgrass prairie extends for mile after undulating mile, mirroring the sky in its vastness. Less than a century and a half ago, the Southern Plains were the domain of the Kiowa and Comanche, who hunted buffalo on horses bridled with Spanish silver and traded with the Wichitas, farmers who lived in grass houses. To the Kiowa, the earth was sacred, and the Wichitas believed their ancestors lived on in the 650-million-year-old granite boulders of the Wichita Mountains. Travelers exploring the region today may encounter moments of similar reverence -- watching the sun set from atop Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, for instance, or watching an eagle soar in winter. A rowdier spirit lives endures in the area, too: Teddy Roosevelt created the wildlife refuge after he traveled to Oklahoma Territory to hunt wolves. Bison now graze on the 60,000-acre preserve, along with longhorn cattle, antelope and elk -- rugged mountain biking, hiking, camping and backpacking are permitted in some areas.

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Beckham County Courthouse

The impressive Beckham County Courthouse was built in 1911. If you have watched the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath," it may look familiar to you. It appeared in the brief 30-second montage of shots depicting the beginning of the Joad family's westward journey along Oklahoma Route 66

Sayre, OK Historic Courthouses

Wichita Mountains NWR - Fishing

There are 13 Public Use Lakes on the Refuge which provide ample fishing opportunities for both bank and boat anglers. Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish are likely to be caught in Refuge lakes.

Lawton, OK Fishing

Wichita Mountains NWR - Hiking

The Refuge maintains four series of hiking trails as well as wayside exhibits throughout the Public Use Area. While visitors may hike anywhere in the Public Use Area of the Refuge, these trail systems are maintained for optimum viewing opportunities, ease of access, and diversity of scenery.

Lawton, OK Hiking Trails

Simmons Center

Simmons Center's 105,000 sq. ft. facility serves as a focal point for recreational, social, cultural and business activity in Southwest Oklahoma.

A Duncan Oklahoma dream that is an inspirational example of the Oklahoma "can-do"

Duncan, OK Recreation

Hotel Frederick

Built in 1929, the lobby and business areas of the Hotel Frederick were hubs of activity in town. The Blue Room was the site for elaborate dinners, as well as every formal function in town. Now, after restoration in the 1990

Frederick, OK Historic Hotels


Hunter Park Lake

Hunter Park is a 25-acre recreational area surrounding Hunter Park Lake. The park has areas for children to play, a pavilion for families to gather for large reunions or for quiet picnics while tossing a line the lake for an afternoon of fishing.

Hobart, OK Recreation

Lake Lawtonka

Water recreation, camping, hunting - 2,398 surface acres and 21 miles of shoreline. Noted for smallmouth bass catch and release program. Also largemouth bass, catfish, walleye, saugeye and crappie. 30 primitive sites, group shelters, restrooms/

Medicine Park, OK Recreation

Elk City Municipal Golf Course & Country Club

18 hole Public Golf Course with Snack Bar. Country Club - Swimming Pool - Lounge - Restaurant Pro Shop - Green Fee's &

Elk City, OK Golf Courses

Jackson County Courthouse

The Jackson County Courthouse was built in 1910 of native granite. A noticeable feature of the structure is the artful contrast of the red granite foundation, and most remarkable is the size of the granite blocks which undoubtedly has given the structure its stability throughout the years.

Altus, OK Historic Courthouses

Wichita Mountains NWR - Camping

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of camping opportunities.



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