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Great Plains Country, Oklahoma

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In southwestern Oklahoma the golden shortgrass prairie extends for mile after undulating mile, mirroring the sky in its vastness. Less than a century and a half ago, the Southern Plains were the domain of the Kiowa and Comanche, who hunted buffalo on horses bridled with Spanish silver and traded with the Wichitas, farmers who lived in grass houses. To the Kiowa, the earth was sacred, and the Wichitas believed their ancestors lived on in the 650-million-year-old granite boulders of the Wichita Mountains. Travelers exploring the region today may encounter moments of similar reverence -- watching the sun set from atop Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, for instance, or watching an eagle soar in winter. A rowdier spirit lives endures in the area, too: Teddy Roosevelt created the wildlife refuge after he traveled to Oklahoma Territory to hunt wolves. Bison now graze on the 60,000-acre preserve, along with longhorn cattle, antelope and elk -- rugged mountain biking, hiking, camping and backpacking are permitted in some areas.

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Lakeside Park Golf Course

Lakeside Golf Course is an 18 hole, Par 70 facility surrounding Lake Boyer.

Hours:
Winter........8:00 a.m. to Dark
Summer.......7:00 a.m. to Dark

Fees:
Cart Fee...9 Holes - $8.00
18 Holes - $16.00

Walters, OK Golf Courses



Red Rock Canyon Trails

Red Rock Canyon features two wonderful nature trails. The Rough Horsetail Nature Trail is located in the Caddo Maple Conservation Area portion of the park at the bottom of the steep entrance hill. This 0.4 mile loop trail is marked with interpretive signs. Trail difficulty is mild.

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Foss Lake State Park

Foss State Park sits on parts of the 60 miles of shoreline of western Oklahoma's largest lake, Lake Foss. The park has 8 campgrounds consisting of 110 Campsites, Swimming Beach, Boating, 6

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Crossing the Red

The "Crossing the Red" statue depicts a cattle drover herding cattle across the Red River which flows just 30 miles south of Altus along the Oklahoma /

Altus, OK Arts


First National Bank Building

. L. Hull, long-time president of the First National Bank, was instrumental in the construction of both the old First National Bank Building in 1909-1910 and the Carnegie Library in 1911. He is seen above in the right corner of the 1910 photo of the bank'

Cordell, OK Historic Buildings

Parker Ferris Wheel

Every August for over 90 years, Mountain View, Oklahoma holds its annual free fair. Dominating the skyline is a 1920's Parker ferris wheel, only 1 of 4

Mountain View, OK One Of A Kinds

Sidewalk Art

Sidewalk pavers display an Indian mosaic design of the teepee, fire and arrows representing home, warmth and protection of the home respectively.

Anadarko, OK Arts

The Meers Store

The Meers Store, serving up plate-sized longhorn beef burgers, is all that remains of a boom town born in the Wichita Mountains turn-of-the-century gold rush. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was once a drugstore, doctor'

Meers, OK One Of A Kinds

Greer County Cemeteries

A detailed listing and accompanying photos of some of the headstones can be viewed at these informative websites.

www.inkcopro.com/cemeteries/

Mangum, OK Cemeteries


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