Kay County

County Seat: Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647

Before statehood, Kay County was formed from the "Cherokee Strip" or "Cherokee Outlet" and originally designated as county “K.” Its name means simply that.

 

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101 Ranch
101 Ranch Old boundary line here Named for its cattle brand '101' this ranch was begun by Col. Geo. W. Miller on his claim at opening of Cherokee Strip, Sept. 16, 1893. Operated by sons, George, Joe, and Zach Miller, the ranch covered 100,000 a. by 1926, world famous for its "White House," Wi ...
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Big Spring
Located 200 feet west is the Big Spring used by Indians explorers and cattlemen before the Cherokee Strip was opened to white settlement after the famous run of 1893 this spring was the main source of water for early Ponca City.
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Birthplace of Interstate Oil Compact Commission
Original plans for creating Interstate Compact to conserve oil and gas were developed on December 4, 1934, at the home of Governor-elect E.W. Marland, located one half mile northeast of this spot. Participants from twelve oil producing states took part in these discussions of national and inter ...
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Black Iron Fountain
The first watering fountain in Ponca City once stood near the Marland Estate stables. Mrs. George Fluke, the designer of the Oklahoma state flag, repainted the relief daises on the fountain.
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Blackwell Museum
Markers honor the centennial of Blackwell in 1993, the homesteaders who made the run into the Cherokee Outlet in 1893, and employees of Blackwell Zinc Company who served in World War II.**
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Camp Tonkawa Prisoner of War Camp
Between October and December 1942 more than 900 construction workers labored twenty-four hours a day to build Camp Tonkawa on the quarter section immediately north of this marker (SE1/2 Sec. 28-26N-1W). The 160-acre site contained more than 180 wooden structures for 3,000 German P.O.W.s, as wel ...
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Cherokee Strip Opening
The east-west line marks the northern border of the Cherokee Outlet, opened for settlement on September 16, 1893.
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Chief Joseph
Here me Chiefs. I am tired. My heart is sick and sad from where the sun now stands. I will fight no more forever. With these words, Cheif Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered to Colonel Nelson A Miles of the United States Army and thus began an eight year exile of these people from their homel ...
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Chilocco Indian School
Congress authorized this school for Indian children in 1882. Before its closing in the 1970s, Chilocco was one of the largest Indian schools in the United States. On part of the original 9,000 acres set aside for the school, a major archaeological find proved the existence of Ferdinandina, a Fr ...
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Cowboy Hill
Given in 1930 by Zack Miller to Cherokee Strip Punchers Association as place for annual reunion of those who had ridden the range in the Strip. (1959) Zack Miller, Jack Webb and Sam Stigall are buried here.
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Interstate Oil Compact Commission
Original plans for creating interstate compact to conserve oil and gas were developed on December 4, 1934, at home of Governor-Elect E.W. Marland, located only a short distance from this spot. Participants from twelve oil producing states took part in these discussions of national and internat ...
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Kenneth Brill
The "old" town of Kaw City was covered by the waters of Kaw Lake in the 1970s and the new town rebuilt on higher ground nearby. The only commercial building moved was the 1902 train depot which became the home of the Kaw City Museum. Kaw City native Kenneth Brill made a fortune in the oil and g ...
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Marland's Grand Home
Plaques at the flagpole and on a bird bath recall the grandeur of the first home built by oilman E.W. Marland in 1916. Before he was elected governor of Oklahoma, Marland founded what became Conoco and at one time controlled 10 percent of the nation's oil production.
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Newkirk
Enameled historical markers with photographs commemorate the Cherokee Outlet, Cherokee Allotments, the Oil Boom, the Fire of 1901, Newkirk Country Club, Kay County Fair, Newkirk African-Americans, and the History of Newkirk. **
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Oklahoma the Indian State
Land in this area was granted to Cherokee Indians by the U.S. in 1828. It opened to white settlement in 1893. The Kaw Indian Tribal Reservation is located 5 miles east. There was located the land allotment of the Honorable Charles Curtis, Kaw Indian, Vice President of the United States, 1928-32 ...
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Oklahoma War Chief
Oklahoma War Chief First Newspaper Printed in the Cherokee Strip, June 14, 1884 published at tent town of Rock Falls, 2.5 miles N.W. of here by Capt. David L. Payen: leader of Oklahoma "Boomers" printing office was burned by U.S. Troops, Aug, 1884 Oklahoma Historical Society 33-1995
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Opening of the Cherokee Strip
To commemorate the Opening of The Cherokee Strip September 16, 1893. Erected by The Ponca City Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
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Pioneer Woman Statue
The Pioneer Woman monument is a bronze sculpture in Ponca City, Oklahoma, designed by Bryant Baker and dedicated on April 22, 1930. The statue is of a sunbonneted woman leading a child by the hand. It was donated to the State of Oklahoma by millionaire oilman E. W. Marland.  **
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Royal Air Force
England's Royal Air Force fliers trained in Ponca City as they prepared to defend the United Kingdom in World War II. The cemetery also contains a flagpole dedicated to Jack Barrington, an Englishman who trained in Ponca City, married a local girl, and returned to live out his life there. There ...