DescriptionPonca City was created in true Oklahoma fashion during the land runs of the late 1800s. On Sept. 16, 1893, homesteaders lined up for a race to claim one of the 160-acre lots in the area surrounding what would soon be Ponca City. Certificates for lots in the business section were sold for $2 each.
Ponca City was built in the midst of the Cherokee Strip, a narrow section of land 58 miles wide that had been reserved for the Native Americans as bison hunting grounds. President Grover Cleveland instead opened the land to settlement. When oil was discovered in 1910, E.W. Marland, who later became governor of Oklahoma, established Marland Oil, thereby propelling Ponca City into the age of industrialization.
Visitor InfoPonca City Tourism 420 E. Grand Ave. PONCA CITY, OK 74601. Phone:(580)763-8092 or (866)763-8092
Things to SeeConoco Museum