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Red Carpet Country, Oklahoma

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A vast prehistoric sea that covered what's now northwestern Oklahoma colored the soil a deep red-brown -- and left a few other surprised as well. Like the cedar-flecked canyons in Roman Nose State Park, carved by receding water, or the Alabaster Caverns, the world's largest gypsum-lined cave. Shifting sand dunes tower 40 feet high at Little Sahara State Park and the 4,973-foot-high, lava topped Black Mesa near Kenton was created by an ancient volcano. The mesa, the state's highest point, has long been a have for wildlife and for hikers -- some of them bigger than others, as nearby dinosaur footprints testify. The prairies were once dotted with tipis; northwest Oklahoma were the winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne-- the last great herd of buffalo on the Oklahoma plains was spotted near Fort Supply in the 1870s. Two decades later, the largest of all the land runs took place when the Cherokee Outlet was opened in1893 to settlement. In a single afternoon, 100,000 men and women raced to claim 160-acre quarter-sections; some of their great-grandchildren still live on original homesteads. In Aline, the Sod House Museum shelters the only remaining sod house in the state, built in 1849.

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Canton Lake Public Hunting Area

A major attraction for hunters is the 14,862

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Chisholm Trail Marker

The marker designates the crossing of the Chisholm Trail with a historic monument located south and 1 1/4 mile east of Highway 81.

The Chisholm Trail ... Medford, OK Historical Markers


Senator Bowman Home

Among the many sites of interests in and around Kingfisher, one is the Historical Home of Senator George and Edna Bowman. Mrs. Bowman, still residing in the home is always ready to share the history and story of their life in Kingfisher and in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher, OK Historic Homes

Medford Centennial Buildling

The Medford Centennial Buildling lets you view records the City's History from 1893 to present.

Medford, OK Museums

Rose Building - 1911

Mr. Rose built a two-story brick building in 1911. He owned and operated a hardware store on the ground level. The upstairs had several interesting businesses including a pool hall, photograph studio and dental offices. Watonga'

Watonga, OK Historic Buildings

Guymon Wild Game Reserve

Sitting to the north of Thompson Park, across the dam, is the Guymon Game Reserve. Driving up to the reserve fence or sitting on one of the park benches, you may be able to view Aoudad sheep, llamas, buffalo, prairie dogs, African Watusi and Longhorn cattle and elk.

Guymon, OK Wildlife Refuges

Grant County Court House

The Grant County Courthouse was built in 1910. Located on the Court House lawn is a Vietnam War, 105mm Howitzer, Mobile Artillery Field Piece, and the Homesteaders Monument listing names of the pioneers who settled the land in the 1893 Land Run.

Medford, OK Historic Courthouses


Roman Nose Lodge

Roman Nose Resort Lodge preserves the natural scenic wonders of the canyon, while hosting guests with all the luxuries of home and conveniences of a fine hotel. Forty-seven guest rooms make up one of the seven Oklahoma resorts owned and operated by the Okahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

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Centennial Marker

The Alva Centennial Marker ( 1893 - 1993) is "dedicated to the Cherokee Outlet's pioneers whose sacrifices made the prairie bloom and provided the descendants with a proud heritage."

Alva, OK Historical Markers


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