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Bartlesville Vicinity Attractions

Visit the Chamber of Commerce's website or call its tourism office at (918) 336-8708 or 1-800-364-8708 for additional information.

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  • Woolaroc LodgeWoolaroc Ranch and Museum
    Frank Phillips' countryside retreat is 14 miles southwest of Bartlesville on state highway 123. The facility has a world-renowned museum (featuring archeological specimens, American Indian artifacts, and Western art) as well as a 3600 acre wildlife preserve, the National Y-Indian Guide Center, historic Frank Phillips lodge, and a picnic area, nature trails, and summer time children's petting zoo. It originated from a large oil and gas strike on Lease 185, with a gas plant built at "Phillipsburg" and the construction of Clyde Lake, named after Phillips General Manager Clyde Alexander, to supply water for the plant. Frank Phillips loved the lake and surrounding canyon and made it the centerpiece of a cattle ranch. The area surrounding present-day Woolaroc is part of the sprawling Hughes Ranch, which pastures unadoptable wild mustangs. Visit woolaroc.org or call (918) 336-0307 or 888-WOOLAROC.

  • Sand Creek at Osage HillsOsage Hills State Park
    Nature lovers and campers will also enjoy this facility 12 miles west of Bartlesville on federal highway 60. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression and features eight rental cabins, 20 campsites with water and electric hook-ups and baths with showers, hiking trails, tennis, boat rentals, fishing, swimming, and two picnic shelters. Visit www.travelok.com for more information and view my online park map. The park office phone is (918) 336-4141.

  • Tom Mix MemorabiliaTom Mix Museum
    Tom Mix was the silent movie "King of the Cowboys". He was a deputy town marshall in Dewey and was discovered by a film crew while he was working at the Dewey Portland Cement plant. At the Tom Mix Museum you will find his movie costumes, memorabilia, photographs, and personal property. More information is available from the Oklahoma Historical Society, or call (918) 534-1555.

  • Prairie SongPrairie Song, IT
    10 miles northeast of Bartlesville, this is a recreated Indian Territory prairie town. Over twenty years, just for fun, Ken Tate constructed a cabin, schoolhouse, chapel, general store, post office, dance hall, and more. Saloon gal Naughty Nellie gives tours of the village. Ken's wife Marilyn Tate is the granddaughter of Sherman Moore, who once owned 50,000 acres of ranch land in the area with Jim Todd. Visit www.prairiesong.net or call (918) 534-2662. See Blue Mound entry in the county carrels for more information.

  • Sutton CenterGeorge Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center
    Although the facility is not open to the public, this center provides a variety of educational presentations in area schools, etc. in its effort to promote conservation, education, and research on endangered, rare, and neglected species of birds. It was responsible for the Southern Bald Eagle Project which released over 200 of those birds in a repopulation effort. This project was featured in the November 1992 National Geographic. Current research projects include studying declining songbirds in the shortgrass and tallgrass prairies and examining various raptors throughout Oklahoma. Visit www.suttoncenter.org or call (918) 336-7778.