Oklahoma Historic Places Database


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 t ...

Booth No. One

The federal government established this booth where thousands registered for the opening of the Cherokee Outlet on September 16, 1893.

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 ...

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.

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 l ...

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 ...

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 "b ...

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 ...

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 Divis ...

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.

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; se ...

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 p ...

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 ...

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 g ...

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 v ...

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 nearb ...

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." T ...

Payne County

Payne County, Oklahoma

County Seat: Stillwater, OK 74074

Wikipedia: Payne County, Oklahoma

National Register of Historic Places for Payne County, Oklahoma

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