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Looking for places to go in Oklahoma? Experience the beauty and history of Pawhuska where 'Home on the Range'…is aptly descriptive. Relax the day away, get back to nature and see the sites in this Oklahoma visit.
Pawhuska is home of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (with miles of scenic beauty ad three herd of bison; the Osage Indian Tribal Headquarters and museum, real-live cowboy heroes, and much more.
When the wagon trains headed west, they had to cross the tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem that covered 142 million acres at that time.
About 60 miles northwest of Tulsa, Pawhuska is the gateway to the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Now spanning a vast 39,000 acres and disturbed only by the thunder of more than 2,000 bison, it is the only protected ecosystem of its kind in the world. Also roaming free you will find white-tailed deer, bobcats, armadillos, beavers, badgers, coyotes and 300 species of birds.
A scenic route takes visitors through the heart of the preserve. Starting and returning in Pawhuska, the drive is about 35 miles and can take a couple of hours. There are five scenic turnouts on the route. The preserve is open from dawn until dusk, every day of the year. Gift shop is open during every season except winter.
Film teams, naturalists, and travelers have discovered this uncommonly beautiful land which remains much like it was when the Osage Indians settled it in the 1800s. A bonus for those who travel to the preserve is the historic Barnard Ranch Bunkhouse where Ben Johnson entertained the “Duke”, John Wayne.
Historic downtown Pawhuska is enjoying a renaissance through its renewed appreciation for the unique architecture of the 98-building district on the National Register of Historic Places.
Journalists, photographers, and historians drink in the flavor of “days gone by” on the streets of Pawhuska which include:
- The Osage County Museum in the historic Santa Fe Depot
- The regal turn-of-the-century Constantine Theatre
- The Osage Tribal Museum
- The Immaculate Conception Church with its magnificent Vatican-ordained stained glass windows
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