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Cleveland County, OK

Cleveland CountyCleveland County is located in the center of Oklahoma with the South Canadian River forming a diagonal west and south border, and wherein lies beautiful Lake Thunderbird.

In 1870, the United State Land Office contracted with a professional engineer to survey much of Oklahoma territory. Abner E. Norman, a young surveyor, became chairman and leader of the central survey area in Indian territory. The surveyor's crew burned the words "Norman's Camp" into an elm tree near a watering hole to taunt their younger supervisor. When the "Sooners" (those who headed west before the official Land Run date, April 22, 1889) and the other settlers in the heart of Oklahoma, they kept the name "Norman." Today, the county seat of Cleveland County is the third largest city in the state.

While other Oklahoma towns were battling to be the capitol, Norman's Mayor, T.R. Wagoner, directed a bill through the Territorial Legislature to become home of the state's first institution of higher learning. In 1890, Norman was chosen as the location for the University of Oklahoma (OU), today recognized nationally for it athletic and academic excellence.

Norman is also home tothe nationally renowned Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of National History. Plus, Norman is rich in Oklahoma history and boasts homes and sites that have stood since the turn of the century. Norman recognizes the cultural and economical importance of art offering art centers, galleries, and performances that are among their most visited attractions.

Early May is the time to visit Noble for the Rose Rock Festival and to stop in the Timberlake Rose Rock Museum to see the legendary rose rock found only in Oklahoma.

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Firehouse Art Center

The Firehouse Art Center is Normans center for visual arts education, offering a gallery, gift shop and classes for adults and children. Housed in a 1946 fire station, the art center includes a clay studio complete with a fireman'

Norman, OK Arts

Sooner Theater

Built in 1929 for the new "talking pictures," the Grand Dame of the city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Oklahoma List of Historic sites. The elegant Spanish Gothic theatre annually attracts some 20,000

Norman, OK Theatres

The Jacobson House Native American Cultural Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architectural style and its historic association with Native American fine art and culture, the Jacobson House is located in the former residence of Oscar B. Jacobson built in 1917. The center was opened in 1987

Norman, OK Arts

Sam Noble-Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

In 1899, the Territorial Legislature of the future state of Oklahoma mandated the founding of a natural history museum on the campus of the University of the Territory of Oklahoma in Norman, now the University of Oklahoma. The 195,000

Norman, OK Museums

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course

This award-winning 18 hole course ranks in the top ten in Oklahoma for the sixth straight year in a row! Perry Maxwell first designed this course in 1951 and Robert Cupp redesigned it in 1996

Norman, OK Golf Courses

Timberlake Rose Rock Gallery & Museum

The Timberlake Rose Rock Museum showcases the official rock of Oklahoma, a reddish-brown sand-barite stone that is naurally formed into a rose. Indian lore states that the rose rock was God's gift to the Cherokee for their long journey on the Trail of Tears. Braves' blood and the maidens'

Noble, OK Museums

Norman Art Galleries

TRIBES GALLERY

"Southern Arapaho" (pictured), is one of many magnificent painting by Mirac Creepingbear available at Tribes Gallery, also representing many of Oklahoma's renowned and accomplished Native American Artists.

Norman, OK Arts

Cobblestone Creek Golf Course

Narrow fairways and rolling greens challenge golfers on this new 9 hole executive course. After playing a round of golf, you'll enjoy the fantastic food and spirits at Cobblestone Creek club house. Order your favorite treats at the grill &

Norman, OK Golf Courses


Oklahoma University

OU ranks No. 1 per capita in the nation among all comprehensive public universities in National Merit Scholars. This year, one out of every 15 freshmen entering OU direct from high school is a National Scholar. The 1999-00 freshmen class includes 10 National Scholars, including 134

Norman, OK Colleges

United Design

United Design is one of the world's largest makers of figurines. Visitors can see more than 5,000 designs at the factory located south of Norman in Noble. Watch as artisans and craftsmen complete animals from several of the collections, including "Stone Critters"

Noble, OK Tours

Santa Fe Depot Art Center

Located in a city park known as "Legacy Trail," the north side of the depot is now the home of the Norman Arts and Humanities Council. Grounds can be used for special events and currently display public art sculptures of bronze and wood produced by Oklahoma artists. On the

Norman, OK Arts

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