Learning More about Platt National Park

A close reading of books covering the history of the National Park System will uncover the conspicuous absence of Platt National Park. Often overlooked, the history and legacy of Platt National Park provide powerful lessons regarding the evolution of the American system of National Parks.


For Further Reading:

  • Barker, Ballard and William Jameson. Platt National Park: Environment and Ecology. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1975.
  • Brown, Opal Hartsell. City of Many Facets. Oklahoma City: Western Heritage Books, 1981.
  • Boeger, Palmer. Oklahoma Oasis: from Platt National Park to Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Muskogee, Okla.: Western Heritage Books, 1987.
  • Henderson, J. Neil. Spa in the Dust Bowl: Oklahoma’s Hidden Paradise in The Culture of Oklahoma. Howard F. Stein and Robert F. Hill, Editors. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.
  • Hohmann, Heidi and Katarzyna Grala. Cultural Landscape Report for the Platt Historic District. Iowa State University:
    National Park Service, 2004.
  • Littleheart, Oleta (A. Abbott). The Lure of Indian Country and A Romance of its Resort. Sulphur, OK: A. Abbott, 1908.
  • Mackintosh, Barry. The National Parks: Shaping the System. Washington, D.C.: Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service, U.S. Deptartment of the Interior, 2005.
  • McChristian, Douglas. The Great Health Giving Mecca and Summer Resort: Platt National Park, The Early Years. Santa Fe Support Office: National Park Service, 2003.
  • Wray, Jacilee and Alexa Roberts. An Ethnohistory of the Relationship between the Community of Sulphur, Oklahoma and Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Chickasaw National Recreation Area: National Park Service, 2004.
  • Wray, Jacilee and Alexa Roberts. In Praise of Platt—Or, What is a 'Real' National Park? George Wright Forum, 15:1 (1998), pages 68-78.

Last updated: December 14, 2020

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