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A Chisholm Trail Town

William Duncan, a transplanted Scot, may have anticipated the real-estate mantra, “Location, location, location,” when he established a trading post at a key crossroads...

‘Doin’ It Right in Doo-rant’

One of the quick ways to tell whether one is a native of or transplant to Durant is the pronunciation of its name. DOO-rant, say...

Enid is ‘And,’ not ‘Or’

Many times, people say something is this or that. Enid, however, embraces the conjunction and while mixing different traditions. Enid is a military city because...

Sand and Schnitzel

You don’t need an ocean beach for your dune buggy, and you don’t need a metropolis to satisfy a hankering for a five-star schnitzel....

A Bartian Rebound

Many thought Bartlesville would take a fatal body blow when Phillips Petroleum merged with Conoco and moved its headquarters to Houston in 2002. After all,...

No Small Parcel

A popular holiday festival attended by hundreds of thousands of people, a downtown full of boutique shops and a formidable small liberal-arts college might be...

Mighty Mite

Tiny Medicine Park has always been too big for its breeches … not because it wants to be, but because it has to be....

Guthrie’s Greatness

Guthrie could slide into historic footnotes as Oklahoma’s first capital, but it uses the past to draw people to its Victorian downtown, Western heritage...