About 20,000 of these people settled in what was to be designated "O" County. "O" County was provided with a county seat reserve of 320 acres, a plot of four acres for a courthouse, and one acre for a government land office. The county seat was Enid and eventually the county name was selected by popular vote to honor James A. Garfield, twentieth President of the United States.
Explore Garfield County
If you are fascinated by trains, you will like the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma. Within the museum compound, there are six cabooses from railroads that have served Enid (Union Pacific, BNSF, Grain Belt), a baggage car, motor cars, a three-dome tank car, and a 50-ton engine.< Enid, OK Museums
At the Midgley Museum, you can view an eclectic assortment of objects and artifacts collected over a lifetime of rock collecting by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Midgley. Gem and mineral enthusiasts will enjoy the array.
The museum is a monument to the Midgley family, one of Oklahoma'Enid, OK Museums
The Garfield County Court House built in 1934, is more than a government center for records and civic business. Walk around the beautifully landscaped square and see the sculpture of the Tri-State Music Festival by artist, Tasso Pitsiri, and the Boy Scout Statue of Liberty presented in 1950.Enid, OK Historic Courthouses
The Humphrey Heritage Village includes an elaborate old Victorian style home that has been refurbished. It is known as the "Glidewell Home." Also included is the original land office where pioneers lined up to file their claims after the great land rush of 1893Enid, OK Museums
The Museum of the Cherokee Strip in Enid, OK was transformed in 2012, into the first regional heritage center for the State of Oklahoma. It doubled in size to a 24,000 square foot facility featuring new state-of-the-art exhibits and was renamed the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.Enid, OK Museums
Helen Mary Walker Garriott and Dr. Owen K. Garriott, astronaut, wanted to give back to their childhood community. They gave the seed money to launch "Leonardos."
Enid, OK Learning Centers
The Tri-State Music Festival attracts more than 14,000 students to Enid. It features a marching contest, multi-million-dollar parade and a grand concert. The Tri-State Music Festival Statue was dedicated May 1, 1976 at the 44th Annual Festival honoring 441,405 Participants and Directors from 18Enid, OK Arts