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'Out Where The West Remains' proclaims the masthead of Pawnee's newspaper, the Pawnee CHIEF.
Still home of the Pawnee Nation, this town of 2,200 has remained true to its western heritage so if you are looking for things to do in Oklahoma such as rodeos, wild west shows, or see steam tractors an gas engines - Pawnee, Ok is the day trip for you in Oklahoma. The Pawnee owned, Stone Wolfe Casino is located just outside town on Hwy 412.
Pawnee is a pleasant day's outing from Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Wichita, Kansas. Downtown Pawnee is replete with century old native stone buildings, unique shops and outstanding eateries.
- The Oklahoma Steam Tractor and Gas Engine Show
- Pawnee Bill Wild West Show
- The Pawnee Indian Veterans Pow Wow
- A Five-day cattle/wagon drive
- State Championship KCBS Sanctioned BBQ cook-off
- Western art and trade show
- Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo
The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum offers a glimpse into the life and times of the flamboyant western showman, Major Gordon W. Lillie, 'Pawnee Bill'. His home atop Blue Hawk Peak is just as he left it, complete with buffalo and longhorns grazing nearby. A visit to the more common life of the times is possible in the well appointed Pawnee County.
The Historical Society Museum on the square in downtown Pawnee, is just one block from the largest Dick Tracy mural in the world.
In 2003, The Pawnee Bath House, a 1939 WPA stone structure, was named by the TV program “Discover Oklahoma” as the best summer attraction. Also, in 2003, the Pawnee Bill Ranch was named by the State Historical Society as the number one historical site in Oklahoma.
While the cowboys no longer ride in and shoot up the town on Saturday nights as they did in the days when Pawnee boasted 17 saloons and 4 churches, there remains enough of the old west to make a visit both educational and entertaining.
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