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. 


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.

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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.

Chickasha Rodeo

Rodeo information can be emailed to Debi DeSilver at



Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20: National Barrel Racers Oklahoma Championships; Duncan, OK, Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

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Broken treaties set the stage in the 1800s for removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands to land west of the Mississippi River, believed at the time to be the “Great American Desert.”

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Controversy surrounded the carving out of Comanche County in 1901 from the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation, which was formed by treaty between the U.S. government and the tribal nations in 1867 at Medicine Lodge Creek in Kansas.