A vast prehistoric sea that covered what's now northwestern Oklahoma colored the soil a deep red-brown -- and left a few other surprised as well. Like the cedar-flecked canyons in Roman Nose State Park, carved by receding water, or the Alabaster Caverns, the world's largest gypsum-lined cave. Shifting sand dunes tower 40 feet high at Little Sahara State Park and the 4,973-foot-high, lava topped Black Mesa near Kenton was created by an ancient volcano. The mesa, the state's highest point, has long been a have for wildlife and for hikers -- some of them bigger than others, as nearby dinosaur footprints testify. The prairies were once dotted with tipis; northwest Oklahoma were the winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne-- the last great herd of buffalo on the Oklahoma plains was spotted near Fort Supply in the 1870s. Two decades later, the largest of all the land runs took place when the Cherokee Outlet was opened in1893 to settlement. In a single afternoon, 100,000 men and women raced to claim 160-acre quarter-sections; some of their great-grandchildren still live on original homesteads. In Aline, the Sod House Museum shelters the only remaining sod house in the state, built in 1849.
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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer just before dawn on November 27, 1868Cheyenne, OK Battlesites
The Pioneer Memorial Wall lists the names of settlers and residents of Roger Mills county. Accompanying the memorial wall is a brief history monument of the settlement of the county and its development from the 1541 crossing by Coronado, through the Indian occupation, the "Land Run,"Cheyenne, OK Memorials
The Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum offers a walk on the wild side with Lawyer/Gunfighter, Temple Lea Houston - Sam Houston's youngest offspring. Temple's office is complete with his desk, chair, Mexican sombrero and classical library. See also, theWoodward, OK Museums
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