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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Watonga Cheese has a new facility in a new town but prides itself in its 70-year tradition to produce rich, handmade cheddar cheese full of flavor. Now located in Perryton, TX we continue to use the original equipment and recipe that makes our factory stand out from the rest!Watonga, OK Venue Attractions
Bird watchers, rock and fossil hounds, archaeology buffs, campers and anglers find common ground at Black Mesa named for a lava-topped mesa 8 miles north of Black Mesa State Park. At 4,973 feet, Black Mesa, formed 30 million years ago, is the highest point in Oklahoma and it extends for 45, OK Trails
Step across the threshold of this restored one-room school and see the teacher and scholars in 1910 dress. Relive McGuffy Readers, ciphering, inkwells and pens, lunchtins, outhouses, marbles, roll the hoop, ante over, lye soap, and more in this "hands on" history experience.Cheyenne, OK Pioneer History
The Veterans' Monument is the largest monument west of the Mississippi with veteran's names of all wars and conflicts inscribed, and the only county memorial in the United States that lists all of its veterans. Outside viewing at any time, but come by during business hours to view the "Washita"Cheyenne, OK Monuments
At one time thousands of sod houses dotted the plains region of North America. This "soddy " built by Marshal McCully in 1894 is the only one still standing in Oklahoma that was built by a Homesteader of the Cherokee Outlet Land Run of 1893. Located 1 mile east, 2.5Aline, OK Museums