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Historic Sites

Fort Gibson Historic Site
Interpretation of frontier fort and role in the development of Indian Territory and the nation, early Cherokee Nation, Mexican War, Civil War and Reconstruction with living history, educational program, interpretive trail, archaeology, special events and museum. Restored military post from 1824-1845; original structures from 1845-1890. Near Fort Gibson U.S. National Cemetery. For information call: (918)478-4088

Fort Towson Historic Site
Preserve historic structures of frontier fort operated from 1820s to 1840s and during Civil War by Confederates, present artifacts to educate public. For information call: (580)873-2634

Fort Washita Historic Site
Preserve historic structures of frontier fort operated during 1840s and 1850 and during Civil War by Confederates, present artifacts to educate public. For information call: (580)924-6502

Fort Supply Historic Site
Preserve historic structures and replica stockade of frontier fort operated from 1868 to 1894 and present artifacts to educate public. For information call: (580)766-3767

Battle of Honey Springs Historic Site
To memorialize Civil War Battle of Honey Springs, won by the Union on July 17, 1863. Development in progress. Monuments erected with visitors center, trails, educational program and special battlefield tours planned. For information call: (918)473-5572

Tourist Attractions

45th Infantry Division Museum
Nations largest State Military History Museum that depicts the military history of Oklahoma. Includes a fascinating display of memorabilia collected from Hitler's apartment when it was captured by the 45th. A collection of over 200 original "Willie and Joe" cartoons; displays from 1541 through WWII and Desert Storm; Korean Era artillery; original uniforms, firearms, dioramas, and an outdoor Military Park with over 50 military vehicles, aircraft and artillery. For information call: (405)424-5313

Express Ranches and The Clydesdale Hitch Team
Clydesdales in Oklahoma. But not just any Clydesdales -- rare black and white ones (the Budweiser Clydesdales are red and white). First featured at the Yukon Czech Festival, the newcomers to Oklahoma have been a source of interest and delight. Bob Funk, a proud Oklahoman and the president and C.E.O. of Express Services, Inc. and Express Ranches, saw his first black and white Clydesdales at an exhibition in Canada and decided these unique animals would give him a chance to bring something unusual and distinctive to Oklahoma. Since bringing them to his Yukon ranch, he has had a lot of requests for their appearance in parades and advertising. First imported to America in the late 1870's, Clydesdales are the most refined and the flashiest of the draft horses. Standing 17 10 18 hands tall and weighing just under a ton each, these horses are bred to be good natured and have a natural curiosity, intelligence, and a liking for attention. The impressive six to eight horse team sports meticulously handcrafted harnesses, pull a 3,000 pound handcrafted show wagon, and put on a first class presentation when they make a public appearance. Visitors can see these beautiful animals in the special Clydesdale Barn at the Express Ranch in Yukon. A parking lot is being built near the barn and the gates will soon be open all day long to enable visitors to see the horses and talk to their handlers. Future plans include a stage coach tour of the ranch and some nearby historical sites. Look forward to seeing many future appearances of these awe-inspiring beauties. For information call: (405)350-0043

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Located in the heart of downtown OKC in the First National Center's concourse level is the hall of fame that honors Olympic gymnasts Shannon Miller, Bart Connor and Nadia Comenici as well as other incredible gymnasts. Though a temporary site, it is well worth the visit, for it includes hundreds of photographs, Olympic medals, memorabilia, videos, uniforms and more. Some items date back to the 1932 Games. For information call: (405)235-5600

Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a lush, tropical oasis nestled in downtown Oklahoma City. It is comprised of seventeen acres of rolling hills surrounding a spring-fed lake inhabited by Japanese Koi and a medley of water loving plants. The crown jewel of the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the seven-story Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The Crystal Bridge enchants visitors with its distinctive collection of tropical and subtropical plantings from all over the world. Visitors may view the foliage and exotic flowers from the suspended Sky walk or explore the Adventure Trail as it winds underneath the 35-foot cascading waterfall. Gift shop contains botanical and garden-related items. For information call: (405)297-3995

Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Acknowledged as one of the ten best zoos in the United States and the oldest in the Southwest, the OKC Zoo is landscaped on 110 beautiful acres and is home to more than 2,800 animals. It offers picnic areas and rides, concessions, tours and classes. Some featured exhibits include the Cat Forest/Lion Overlook comprised of lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, meerkats and more and the Great EscApe, showcasing gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees. One of the zoo's most popular attractions is Aquaticus, which features aquariums, a dolphin and sea lion show and marine mammals. The zoo amphitheatre offers a variety of entertainment under the stars. Oklahoma City Zoo offers a constantly changing educational and recreational experience. For information call: (405)424-3344