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Northwestern Oklahoma State University


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Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva boasts exceptional education as a priority to its community, serving as home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a four-year state university noted for outstanding programs in teacher education, business, nursing, pre-law, pre-medicine and mass communications. Additional campuses are located in Woodward and Enid. The Northwest Technology Center is one of the reasons Oklahoma's Technology Centers are ranked number one in the nation.

It's first building was built by the citizens of Alva. The "Castle on the Hill" was designed by Jeseph Foucart of Guthrie, but the building later burned in 1935. Of considerable interest is a book in the college library - it contains more than 600 listings for 300 ranches registered with the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association for the roundup of 1886!

Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series offers Alva and the surrounding communities an opportunity unique to rural areas. Each year, six different musical and theatrical productions visit Alva from October to April.


Come visit us in Alva, Oklahoma

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Cherokee Strip Museum

In 1975 the Cherokee Strip Museum Association acquired the former Alva City Hospital building with its 40 rooms to house one of Oklahoma's best collections of pioneer exhibits. Several of the rooms are set up to display specific period artifacts. * Gun Room * Hat Room * Drug Store *

Alva, OK Museums

Historic Churches

The Alva Friends Church was established in 1901 and located at this spot in 1919 as Alva's first Church. The Fire Bell was Fire Bellplaced in this church in Wichita, Kansas, in 1893, and was moved to Alva, Oklahoma, in 1895.

Alva, OK Historic Churches


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

World War II POW Camp

A World War II POW Camp was located just south of Alva in the 1940s. More than 5,000 prisoners were interned at a time when the population of Alva itself was only 3,500.

Alva, OK Military History

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