Pawnee Bill Buffalo Ranch and Museum

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Pawnee Bill Buffalo Ranch and Museum Visit the Pawnee Bill Ranch site and see some of the last remnants of the legendary Old West. Drive through the buffalo pasture and view buffalo, longhorn, and elk as they might have looked to a pioneer traveling across the prairie. Walk through the log cabin, blacksmith shop, and the Indian flower shrine and take a walk back into time. Tour Pawnee Bill's dream home and visualize life in 1910 Oklahoma with Pawnee Bill memorabilia, photographs, and much more.

In 1903 Pawnee Bill purchased land from Blue Hawk, his Pawnee friend whom he had met prior to his coming to Indian Territory in 1879, and built a log cabin on the property for himself and May. Their dream home was started on the highest point of the property in 1908 and completed in 1910 when they moved into that building and left the log cabin for ranch hands to use. A blacksmith shop, a large goldfish pond, and an Indian Flower shrine were also constructed on the site during those years. A large three-story barn was added to the property in 1926 to house Pawnee Bill's Scottish shorthorn cattle.

On Blue Hawk Peak at the west edge of Pawnee, Oklahoma, stands a monument to Oklahoma's fabulous past. It is a huge bungalow of rough, buff-colored stone, held together with red tile. Its hardwood interior, selected from the rarest and most expensive mahogany, is arranged so that the spacious rooms are thrown together with nothing buy open arches, pillars, fretwork and portieres to obstruct the vision. The windows, of the finest imported beveled glass, reach to the floor.

A $100,000 Mansion, built in 1910, it stands furnished as in the days of its completion, the living room rugged with Oriental weavings and an occasional monster bear, buffalo, or lion skin; its furniture leathered in red and brown to harmonize with the dark, precious woods, a huge open fireplace with solid bronze andirons and mantel; drop chandeliers of diamond cut glass and gold stained frieze creeping up to an old "Dutch ceiling. Fourteen rooms in all with walls decorated with the most appropriate hangings and portraits.

Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday, 1:00 4:00 pm
Closed State Holidays
Address: One half mile west of Pawnee, Oklahoma on U.S. 64
Phone: 918-762-2513
P.O. Box 493 Pawnee, OK 74058-0493

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