Lake Country, Oklahoma

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Before southcentral Oklahoma was lake country, it was river country, home to the mercurial Red, the gentle Washita and the pristine Blue rivers. Corralled, the rivers created four major lakes -- and a whole new world of water. Lake Texoma splashes into three counties and draws fisherman from all over the country, lured by the best striped bass fishing to be found anywhere. Near Ardmore, clear spring water fill Lake Murray, built in the shady foothills of the Arbuckle mountains and the sparkling centerpiece of Oklahoma's oldest, most historic state park. (A limestone castle houses the park's nature center.) The 9,000-acre McGee Creek National Scenic Recreation Area, adjacent to Atoka Lake, is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and the occasional mountain lion. Campers can apply for a permit to backpack into the recreation area, or stay in relative luxury in a rustic log fishing hut at McGee Creek State Park.

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Historic Downtown

Take in some of Atoka's History by viewing the historic downtown buildings. 1901 Bank Building

Atoka, OK Historic Downtowns

Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center

At the Chickasaw Tribal Complex, Headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation, the Cultural Center is located in a beautifully preserved two-story building and offers an educational look at modern tribal society, plus providing an opportunity to view tribal artifacts dating back to the 1500s.

Ada, OK Cultural Centers

Craighead's Five and Dime

A variety store or dime store was once known as a "racket" store because it sold "anything that makes a racket"

Caddo, OK Shoppes

Love County Military Museum

The Military Museum houses memorabilia from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. It is located in the renovated old jail at the southwest corner behind the Love County Courthouse.

Marietta, OK Museums

Santa Fe Depot Museum

After a victorious battle to save the 1905 depot from demolition in 1989, the city officials finally secured ownership of the old Santa Fe Depot and turned it over to the Historical Society to renovate and manage. In 1991

Pauls Valley, OK Museums

Butterfield Stage Line

Standing at the forefront of the old Butterfield road imagine the stage coach hustling along the old wooden fence line up the well-ridden ruts that are still visible today and coming to an abrupt halt at the rest stop. The Butterfield Overland Mail route directed its route to Boggy Depot in 1858

Atoka, OK Railroad History

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

Lake Murray Scuba Diving

Lake Murray is listed as one of the top 100

, OK Scuba Diving

Garvin County Courthouse

Part of the Historic Downtown tour the Garvin County Courthouse was built in 1918.

Pauls Valley, OK Historic Courthouses

Arbuckle Fishing

The Lake of the Arbuckles is one of the best fishing lakes in Oklahoma for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and bluegill. There are 36 miles of shoreline and 2,300

, OK Fishing

Washita Valley Museum

The Historical Society works diligently to preserve Pauls Valley'

Pauls Valley, OK Museums

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