DescriptionThe area in and around Anadarko traditionally served as hunting grounds for three major Native American tribes. The town was founded in 1901 by white settlers claiming land used by the Kiowa, Comanche and Wichita reservations. Farming and stock raising were the major livelihoods until oil was discovered in 1920 and drilling ensued. Agriculture and oil remain the leading industries.
Local Native American tribes include the Apache, Caddo, Delaware, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa and Wichita. A Bureau of Indian Affairs office is in Anadarko, servicing western Oklahoma and Horton, Kan. Representative of regional Native American heritage are the striking murals by Kiowa artists in the Federal Building at 120 S. First St.
Colorful sandstone canyons and lakes skirt US 281, which travels 16 miles north of Anadarko to Binger. From Binger a scenic portion of SR 37/152 runs 20 miles east to Minco, where US 81 begins a scenic course through the Canadian River Valley to El Reno at I-40. The Wichita Mountains are southwest of the city.
Visitor InfoAnadarko Chamber of Commerce 501 W. Virginia Ave. ANADARKO, OK 73005. Phone:(405)247-6651
Things to SeeAnadarko Heritage Museum