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Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
507 South 4th Street
Enid, Oklahoma 73701
Voice: 580-237-1907
Fax: 580-237-2874

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located in Enid, Oklahoma. Although at this time the museum is being rebuilt you still can visit the Heritage village by appointment only.

The Museum sites at a historical place and has the feel of old time pioneers. When you visit this place all you have to do is close your eyes and listen. You can almost hear the cowboys pushing cattle to the watering hole just a stone toss away. When you are visiting the museum make sure you go to Government Springs as well.

That brings us to the beginning of this story. At noon on September 16, 1893 over 100,000 people where sent out to settle the land. It was a race to the unclaimed plots of land. This was the largest land rush in the Oklahoma territory and opened six million acres. All the settlers had to do is rush to the land they wanted and put their steak in it to claim the land.

Almost over night the land was turned in to small towns and the Oklahoma Territory was changed forever. The land would never be the same. The Indians would never roam the land again. They were moved to Indian Reservations and the settlements slowy turned in to larger cities.

Today you can see a small part of the settlers buildings here are the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. You may visit the Turkey Creek School, Village Church, U.S. Land Office, and the Pioneer Homestead of Bill and Alice Glidewell that was moved from Helena.

This has a feel of a small pioneer town that you can sit and relax at the gazebo and pretend that you are back in 1800 and your waiting for the stage coach to take you to a big city. Or your waiting for the cattle to come in to the Government Springs.



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