The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories about fun and interesting things to do within a day of Southwest Oklahoma. Maximize what’s left of your summer vacation by visiting some of these hidden gems and family fun spots. 

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This image provided by Braum’s illustrates how the restaurant’s Elgin “XL model” will look once it opens in early 2022.

ELGIN — Oklahoma-based Braum's Inc. is set to open an 80-guest, 6,000 square-foot Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store in Elgin in early 2022, a company spokesperson confirmed.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is converting to cashless toll collection – “PlatePay” – over the next four years. The H.E. Bailey is scheduled for conversion in the spring/summer of 2022.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will begin converting the state turnpike system to cashless tolling for motorists who normally pay with cash.

Indian Territory (Oklahoma), 1885. Restored reproduction map shows land designated as Indian Territory. The arrival of the railroad in what would become Comanche County benefitted the agricultural community and spurred business growth throughout the area.

Soon after the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation in 1901, the Iron Horse couldn’t be corralled any longer. Railroad development that had been stopped at the Indian Territory borders was ready to stampede through the land.

Storyteller Adonna Bridges in purple explains the story of the Good Samaritan to a crowd of children at The Good Book Club.

The Good Book Club, sponsored by The United Methodist Church of Fletcher, has had a successful run so far this summer. Children who attend experience reading activities carefully integrated with Bible stories, music, drama and crafts.

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Lawton, named for U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Henry W. Lawton, was one of three townsites planned by the federal government prior to the 1901 land lottery in the former Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation.

Straight-line winds toppled this car port at 2nd and D streets in Elgin.

Less than two weeks after Elgin residents bailed themselves out of floodwater brought on by torrential rainfall, Mother Nature dealt a second blow with severe straight-line wind damage.

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