Payne County

County Seat: Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074

Payne County was named for Capt. David L. Payne, a leader of the "Boomers".

 

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Battle of Round Mountains
Here between the landmark known as Round Mountains to the south and a camp on Salt Cree three miles to the northwest was fought the first battle of the Civil War in Oklahoma. When the civilized tribes of the Indian Territory joined the Confederacy. A numerous group of fullblood Creeks under ...
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Booth No. One
The federal government established this booth where thousands registered for the opening of the Cherokee Outlet on September 16, 1893.
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Boundary Line 1889 & 1893
On April 22, 1889, the Run for land south in Old Oklahoma began on this line by Proclamation of Pres. Benj. Harrison. Also, on Sept. 16, 1893, the Run for land north in the Cherokee Outlet began on this line, and by Proclamation of Pres. Cleveland. At Booth No. 1, site 3/4 mi. east, thousands r ...
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David Payne
David Payne was the father of the Oklahoma Boomer movement. After his death, he was buried in Kansas. His remains were moved to Stillwater in January 1995.
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Irving's Castle
Writer Washington Irving camped here on October 20, 1832, in his tour of the American prairie. In his description of the campground, Irving wrote, "It reminded me of the ruin of some Moorish castle, crowning a height in the midst of a lonely Spanish landscape." (** Marker Missing)
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Jim Thorpe House
In 1917, Jim Thorpe bought a small home in Yale, Oklahoma and lived there until 1923 with his wife. The house was bought by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1968 and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is maintained as a small museum to Thorpe and contains rel ...
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Last Boomer Town
About 3/4 mi. east. Here 300 armed "boomers" made their last stand for settlement of the Oklahoma country, led by Wm. L. Couch, and surrendered to U.S. Cavalary troops commanded by Col. E. Hatch, Jan. 26, 1885. On this site the "boomers" had built log cabins and dugouts for their town of ...
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Oil in the Cushing - Drumright Area
Discovered in March 1912 by Tom Slick and C. B. Shaffer, the Cushing field became one of the greatest oil discoveries of the early 1900's -- Ranking as the nation's largest oil province for the next eight years. Production peaked in May 1915 at 300,000 barrels daily. This glut of oil played ha ...
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Oklahoma A and M College
Serves the State by instruction, experimentation and extension service. Established Dec. 25, 1890, by First Legislative Assembly of Oklahoma Ter. Prairie broken for experimental farm, 1891. "Old Central" dedicated, 1894. Extension Division established, 1915.
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Oklahoma Museum of Higher Education
The Oklahoma Museum of Higher Education is housed in Old Central, built in 1894, the first permanent building on the OSU campus. It is the nation's only museum devoted to a state's higher education history.
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Outlaw Battle
Site about 3 miles S.E. A battle at Ingalls, on Sept. 1, 1893, between a Dalton-Doolin game and U.S. marshals was a climax in brining law and order to Oklahoma and Indian territories. Three marshals and two residents were killed; several persons were wounded; one outlaw was captured. Ingal ...
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Rice / Kirby Cabin
This cabin is the oldest known homestead in Payne County. Built in 1876 by Pawnee Rice and later occupied by the William Sherman Tecumseh Kirby family. It has been preserved and restored as a memorial to the pioneer spirit so richly portrayed by these two families. As a further tribute it ...
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Stillwater Fire Station No. 1
In the early 1930s, an innovative and motivated group of men led by Stillwater Fire Chief J. Ray Pence met and discussed the lack of quality fire service training and materials in the United States, particularly in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. In July 1934, a group of educators and fire serv ...
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The Battle of Ingalls
The Battle of Ingalls 1893 Pop. 150 On the morning of September 1, 1893 the area around this sign was the scene of one of the fiercest gunfights in the history of the state. Ingalls at the time was the hideout for the Bill Doolin gang. It included Arkansas Tom, Bitter Creek Yocum, and Bill ...
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Turkey Track Ranch
Site of ranch headquarters was 2-1/2 mi north of here. Roundups where on present site of Cushing. This area was grazing land for Texas cattle driven north 1866 to 1885. The region was opened to settlers on Sept. 22, 1892. Sac and Fox village 1/4 mile north.
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Wild Horse Creek - Washington Irving
Washington Irving's Campsite - October 21, 1832 - - During "A Tour on the Prairies" Famous author and party made trip with company of U.S. Army Rangers. While in this camp Pierre Beatte attendant to Irving, caught a wild horse nearby. Oklahoma Historical Society, 1963
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World Famous Athlete Jim Thorpe
World Famous Athlete Jim Thorpe At the Olympic games in Stockholm, 1912, American Indian Thorpe was the winner in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon contests. The King of Sweden declared him "The greatest athlete in the World." Thorpe made his home near here in Yale, 1917. Oklahoma H ...