• An 1896 Cheyenne encampment in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory.

    Photo by: Christopher Stotz (Courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society)

  • The Interurban streetcar makes its rounds through El Reno in 1915. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society.

  • Hopeful settlers line up at the start of the Cherokee Outlet Land Run on September 16, 1893.

    Photo by: Oklahoma Historical Society

History and Historical Sites

From Indian heritage and Viking explorers to land runs and oil booms, Oklahoma has a history unlike any other state. Historical sites throughout the State honor Oklahoma's original residents, settlers and a wide variety of history making people and events.

Connect with the past at a living history event, while you watch re-enactments on Civil War battlefields, learn traditional crafts or meet re-enactors playing fur traders who lived in Oklahoma long before settlers moved in. Attend a powwow to experience the pageantry and fellowship among our Native peoples as they gather to celebrate traditions and hold dance competitions.

Visit the Washita Battlefield National Monument to learn the history surrounding Custer's surprise attack on the peaceful Southern Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle and then walk along the shores of the Washita River where the massacre took place. Trek to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to discover the rich history of the famous cattle trail that spanned Oklahoma, or see the last standing original sod house on the prairies of Oklahoma and learn more about pioneer life at the Sod House Museum.

From oil barons to cowboys, the rich heritage of Oklahoma offers one fascinating journey after another for history buffs.

 
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History and Historical Sites Articles

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