• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Little Niagara Swimming Area Closed

    Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara and Panther Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.

The Summer Resort: 1911-1929

Concrete monument in a street intersection

Monument at Twelfth Street in Sulphur, advertising "the playground of the southwest."

Oklahoma Historical Society

The 1910s and 20s were a first golden age for Platt National Park, as the park slowly evolved as a facility and visitors continued to come for the cool and 'health-giving' waters. The community of Sulphur also grew, and the park and town were in many respects inseparable during this time as Platt National Park became known as "the playground of the southwest."

Did You Know?

Elk at Platt National Park

In addition to a bison herd, from 1920-1934, Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District of Chickasaw National Recreation Area] was host to a small herd of elk. In 1934 most of the elk were slaughtered and fed to families needing relief from the Great Depression. More...