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11 01, 2019

Exploring Oklahoma’s Wheelock Academy Historic Site

2019-10-22T22:04:11+00:00Attractions, Beavers Bend, Beavers Bend Creative Escapes, Broken Bow, Cabins, History, McCurtain County, Museum, Things to do|

The history of the Broken Bow area is intertwined with that of the Choctaw Nation. One wonderful way to learn about the tribe's culture and influence here is to tour the Wheelock Academy Historic Site near Millerton, Oklahoma. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wheelock Academy was a former boarding school for Choctaw children for more than 120 years. Begun in 1932 by a missionary couple, the school taught mostly girls and was an important part of the community for many years. It closed during the Civil War years, 1861-1865), but reopened soon after. A devastating fire four [...]

18 10, 2018

Oklahoma’s McCurtain County Wilderness Area A Natural Beauty

2019-10-22T22:13:02+00:00Attractions, Beavers Bend Creative Escapes, Broken Bow, Fishing, McCurtain County, Nature, Wildlife|

The shortleaf pine and hardwood forest is the largest virgin forest of its kind in the United States. That’s just one of the things that makes McCurtain County Wilderness Area (MCWA) not just an Oklahoma treasure, but a national one too. You’ll find the MCWA, the oldest wildlife area in Oklahoma, in the northern part of McCurtain County, adjacent to Broken Bow Reservoir and Ouachita National Forest. The area was created from a 1918 purchase, costing about $6.13 an acre. In the 1930’s the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a bridge across the Upper Mountain Fork River and installed more [...]

10 10, 2016

Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show: November 11-13, 2016

2019-10-23T21:45:18+00:00Attractions, Beavers Bend, Broken Bow, Event, Festival|

Most people agree: they love outdoor fall festivals. The weather is cooler, making it particularly enjoyable to be outside. The fall colors offer a beautiful backdrop and provide leaves crunching underfoot. And one can not help but realize that the year-end holidays are just around the corner, making the talented fall craft vendors your very first stop when shopping for those gifts. If you are one of those who enjoy all things "fall festival", then head to Broken Bow... and specifically the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park on the 2016 weekend of November 11, 12 and 13 [...]

12 08, 2016

Hochatown Escape Games: Room-Escape Fun For Your Group

2019-10-23T21:50:34+00:00Attractions, Things to do|

Your pulse races. You and your friends have found a jumble of colored-numbered cards, but what could they mean? You glance up at the clock to see it ticking down from 45 minutes... and you haven't come any closer to finding your way out. Then one of your friends shouts "I've found something!" You rush over to discover a small set of books whose colors correspond to the cards... you quickly grab the cards and jot down letters on the corresponding pages and eventually end up with a message: "Trapped in a box". You think you might be emptying some [...]

26 06, 2015

Museum of the Red River: Oklahomas Natural History

2019-10-24T17:08:17+00:00Attractions, History, Things to do|

On the border of Oklahoma and Texas lies the Red River (of the North), which has always played a large role in the development of the United States. When the Europeans arrived on this country's shores, westward expansion was inevitable. The Red River was an integral part of this westward spread. But before the Europeans, there was - of course - our Native American founders: those who actually founded this country, who loved the land and treated it with respect, and whose spiritual lives meshed with their physical selves so perfectly. These were the first peoples to settle along the [...]

22 03, 2015

Gardner Mansion and Museum: OK Choctaw History

2019-10-24T17:17:39+00:00Attractions, Broken Bow, History|

The Choctaw Nation is the heart of McCurtain County and the Broken Bow Area, and the tribe's history is both celebrated and preserved to this day. It is for this reason that you'll find multiple historical sites, museums and events all over southeastern Oklahoma, including the Jefferson Gardner Mansion and Museum, one-time home of the "Chief of the Choctaws". During the relocation of the Choctaw Nation from Mississippi to Oklahoma on the historic "Trail of Tears" in 1831 and 1832, Eagletown (located just east of Broken Bow) was established as the first Choctaw town in the new Choctaw territory. This [...]

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