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Watonga, Oklahoma

Watonga, Oklahoma

Historic Watonga is the County Seat of Blaine County, and was an early fort and post office station named after the Arapahoe chief, Watangaa (Black Coyote). It was settled in the run of 1892, and has retained its beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture in the downtown area. Today with a population of 3500, agriculture and ranching are big business, along with gypsum mines and manufacturing.

Watonga is a popular spot for antique shopping, browsing through museums, fine dining, and few people leave town without stopping at the Watonga Cheese Factory, (the only one in Oklahoma).

The second Friday & Saturday in October thousands converge on Watonga for their annual Cheese Festival. Visitors enjoy crafts, arts, antiques, flea market, cheese tasting, food contest, parade, living history, quilt show, great rat race, mouse walk, good food and great entertainment.

Rich in cultural western history, individuals and tour groups enjoy spending time in Watonga.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Armory Building

The Armory Building was built in 1936 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Watonga, OK Historic Buildings

Temptations

While you are strolling the streets and enjoying history you may like to stop by Temptations and see what is in store for you. In 1986 new owners purchased the building and wanted to stay within the era of our prairie architect. They did just that. They uncovered a ghost sign on the wall. It reads:

Watonga, OK Historic Buildings

Watonga Floral and Antique Mall - 1892

Built before the turn of the century this building was purchased in 1892. In 1917 it became a clothing store and remained a clothing store until 1970. It then became a well-known drug store. The same person owned 104 & 106 W. Main since 1951. It continued as a drug store until sometime in the 1980'

Watonga, OK Historic Buildings

Barbara's - 1892

The first owner purchased this building from the US Government in 1892. According to a local historian the owner accumulated a lot of property in and around Watonga. This property has been under the same ownership as 104 W. Main since 1951. Seven couples have owned this property from 1892 to date.

Watonga, OK Historic Buildings

T. B. Ferguson Mansion Museum

The Ferguson Mansion was built in 1907 and is open for tours of its period furnishings and historic memorabilia. T.B. Ferguson, appointed Oklahoma's sixth territorial governor by President Theodore Roosevelt, is best remembered for his efforts to turn Oklahoma Territory into Oklahoma the State. <

Watonga, OK Museums

Things to do near Watonga, OK

Jones and Plummer Trail Marker

In early 1870s, C.E.(Ed) Jones and Joe Plummer blazed the historic trail which is an important part of Oklahoma Panhandle's r...

Medford Public Library

Along with up-to-date collections, the Medford Library has genealogy information dating from 1893 to the present. It also has...

Chain Ranch Sportsmans Club

The opportunity to hunt and fish on over 100,000 acres of some of the best habitat in the country has now been made available...