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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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Beaver Dunes ATV Area

Beaver Dunes State Park has set aside approximately 300 acres of sand dunes for motorcycles, dune buggies, ATVs and 4x4s. Operated by the Corps of Engineers, the dune area is open from 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M. every day, year round. Dune entrance fees may be paid daily, through the purchase of a 3

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The Pancoast Building

J.A.. Pancoast, a lawyer, erected this building in approximately 1905

Perry, OK Historic Buildings

Convention Centers

Enid has plenty of facilities for community and family events.

Cherokee Strip Conference Center is one of Oklahoma'

Enid, OK Venues

Cole Cabin

A more ordinary settler family was that of Samuel and Dorothy Cole. They built this cabin southeast of Hennessey in 1890. It was built of oak logs cut on the farm and hauled to the building site in a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen.

Kingfisher, OK Pioneer History

Black Mesa Archaeology

Black Mesa's history began millions of years ago when pre-historic beasts like the 65

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Lake Ponca

For maximum enjoyment, scenic Lake Ponca is divided into two areas -- one for sailboats and fishing, the other for motorboats and skiing. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a picnic, a campout, or a hike through the Nature Center.

Ponca City, OK Recreation

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

The Museum of the Cherokee Strip in Enid, OK was transformed in 2012, into the first regional heritage center for the State of Oklahoma. It doubled in size to a 24,000 square foot facility featuring new state-of-the-art exhibits and was renamed the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Enid, OK Museums

Old Jail and "Boot Hill"

Keeping with the theme of the "Old West," the Old Jail is still standing to accommodate those rowdy cowhands who might get a little out of hand during the Big Rodeo celebrations. Located just to the right of the jail is a partial of land reserved for the fellas who weren'

Freedom, OK

McCarter Museum

In 1997, the Tonkawa Historical Society purchased a building in downtown Tonkawa to house a museum. Ideally located directly across from Centennial Park, the McCarter Museum of Tonkawa History was opened on July 4th, 1997. The innovative interior layout was designed to tell a series of "stories." Tonkawa, OK Museums


Log Cabin

The two-story log cabin now located just south of the Ellis County Courthouse on the Courthouse lawn, built of cedar logs was originally built in Ellis County near where Joe Pyle Canyon and Spring Canyon intersect. Tom Black built the cabin in 1893

Arnett, OK Pioneer History


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