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Black Kettle National Grasslands

On June 23, 1960, the Black Kettle National Grasslands was officially designated. The National Grasslands contains 31,300 acres with 30,724 acres located near Cheyenne, Oklahoma, and the remaining 576 acres located near Canadian, Texas, and comprising the Lake Marvin Recreation Area. The McClellan Creek National Grassland contains 1.449 acres near Pampa, Texas, and includes the Lake McClellan Recreation Area.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Historical Society

The Oklahoma Historical Society has been collecting, reserving, and sharing the history of Oklahoma and Its people since 1893.

Washita National Wildlife Refuge

The 8,075-acre Washita National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 to provide a resting and feeding area for migrating and wintering waterfowl. The refuge's mixed grass plains of west-central Oklahoma are superimposed on the upper reaches of the Foss Reservoir. The hungry birds feed on green wheat first. When the temperature drops, they will shift to the richer milo.

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1901, the 59,029 acre refuge hosts a rare piece of the past - a remnant mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escape destruction because the rock underfoot defeated the plow. The refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as the American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Texas longhorn cattle also share the natural grasslands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammals, 240 birds, 64 reptiles and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.

Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance

The Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (OWPHA) was formed to provide enhanced coordination, cooperation and communications to conserve the short and mixed grass prairie's diverse habitat and unique wildlife which is found in Western Oklahoma. It distributes information to assist landowners, informs the region's communities and business, and serves as conduit for wildlife and prairie heritage programming opportunities. The OWPHA's main goal is to bridge the gap between programs and projects. The organization covers thirty counties of Western Oklahoma.

Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

The mission of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is to undertake an attitude to maintain economic growth and prosperity for the community, it's professions, its businesses and its industry.

Oklahoma Tourism

Let Oklahoma take you on an epic getaway filled with Western adventure, diverse outdoor experiences and historic wonders. Offering vibrant American Indian culture, stunning state parks, the nation's longest stretch of colorful Route 66 and a wealth of things to do, Oklahoma is ready to take the guesswork out of your vacation planning. With just a few clicks, you can begin a captivating journey that will fuel your soul.

Elk City Chamber of Commerce

Elk City Chamber of Commerce working together to foster an environment of growth and prosperity.

Sayre Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to provide leadership that supports area business and promote economic growth while improving the quality of life through advocacy, education, and community enhancement.

 
 
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Associated National Park Sites


Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indians last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

The Sand Creek Massacre: profound, symbolic, spiritual, controversial, a site unlike any other in America. As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chief Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them. Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the event of November 29, 1864 changed the course of history.

Fort Larned National Historic Site

Discover a complete and authentic army post from the 1860s-1870s! This well preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail shares a tumultuous history of the Indian Wars era. The sandstone constructed buildings sheltered troops who were known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where trader, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.

Fort Union National Monument

Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890. This "grand old post" witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America's western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

On Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal government. In a sense the struggle over how much power the central government would hold had finally been settled.

 
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Regional National Park Sites


Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Springs, streams, lakes-whatever it's form, water is the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Little Niagara, and Rock Creek beckons waders and swimmers. Relax in the coolness of shaded stream or take a dip in a swimming hole. Veterans Lake calls anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent motor-boating, skiing, fishing and swimming.

Fort Smith National Historic Site

From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history. Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldier, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen who pursued them.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in George, Alabama, and Tennessee to line in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839.

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

You can almost hear the whoops and cries of "All's set!" as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!

Route 66 National Corridor

U.S. Highway 66 - popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road - holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. This travel itinerary aids the public to visit the historic places that recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influential of the automobile. The Route 66 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary was produced by the National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, in partnership with the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Hikes are by reservation, involve one mile of walking an elevation gain of 170' and take two hours. The monument protects a mesa covered in a lithic scatter carpet of flint, so thick you cannot walk without stepping on human generated flakes of Alibates flint. The quarries were dug, by hand, 1,000 years ago. However, gathering of flint from the mesa has been taking place for 13,000 years.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "promised land" of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Come view a dramatic landscape-a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth's surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature's most awe-inspiring work.

 
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Oklahoma Partnerships


Fort Supply Historic Site

Fort Supply was established in November 1868 as part of General Philip Sheridan's Winter Campaign against the Southern Plains Indians.

Comanche Nation of Oklahoma

Kiowa Nation of Oklahoma

Fort Sill National Landmark and Museum

In late 1868, General Philip H. Sheridan arrived in the area with the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer, the 10th U.S. Cavalry under Colonel Benjamin Grierson, the 19th Kansas Volunteers and the 6th U.S. Infantry. The new post was soon staked out and construction began on the permanent stone buildings in 1859-1870. The post was soon named Fort Sill in honor of Joshua Sills who was killed during the Civil War in 1862. All four of the Black regiments that were later referred to as the "Buffalo Soldiers"; the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry and the 24th and the 25th U.S. Infantry, served at Fort Sill during the late 19th Century.

Fort Sill's primary purpose was to control the Comanche, Cheyenne, Kiowa and other tribes of the Southern Plains who were making frequent raids on settlements in Texas and Mexico.

Fort Reno Historic Site

Fort Reno began as a military camp in 1874 in the Indian Wars Era. It was established at the insistence of Agent John Miles at the Darlington Indian Agency, to pacify and protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho there.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of our American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Oklahoma State Parks

Get a sense of the natural allure of Oklahoma by visiting one of our 35 state parks. In addition to relaxing in the beautiful surroundings - lakes, mountains, sand dunes, and forests - you can hike, bike, fish or participate in organized park activities. Then rest in a comfortable lodge or cabin, or camp in your own tent or RV.

Oklahoma Museum Association

Supporting Oklahoma museums in their effort to educate, inform and entertain.

Oklahoma Anthropological Society

Southern Plains Indians Museum

National Route 66 Museum

45th Infantry Division Museum

 
 
 

Last updated: December 24, 2017

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18555 Hwy 47A, Ste. A
Cheyenne, OK 73628

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(580) 497-2742

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