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ABOUT THE AREA -  THE WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE &  MEDICINE PARK
 
 The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is the second most visited national wildlife refuge in the United States hosting more than 2 million annual visitors.   Established in 1901 by United States President Teddy Roosevelt, the Refuge is one of more than 530 refuges throughout the United States managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Refuge contains more than 59,000 acres of pristine beauty and provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American Bison, Rocky Mountain elk, white-tailed deer, and Texas longhorn cattle. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.
 




The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - wild, rugged, and weathered - is a symbol of the old west standing at the threshold of modern times. For centuries, this remarkable land was the province of a nomadic hunters and food gatherers. Today, the Refuge serves all Americans by keeping in public trust a portion of our nation's wildlife heritage.




Through direct exposure to wildlife and wild lands, visitors experience a personal re-creation and a renewed commitment to the value of environmental stewardship. The natural attractions of the Refuge are many and varied. In addition to viewing and photographing wildlife in their natural setting, the lakes, streams, canyons, mountains, and grasslands provide visitors with an ideal setting for permitted outdoor activities.

MEDICINE PARK

Medicine Park was founded in 1908 by a young lawyer from Lawton named Elmer Thomas and was the first planned resort town in Oklahoma.  It was developed to provide , accommodations, food, beverage and entertainment for the throngs of people who visiting the newly founded National Forest and Wildlife Refuge.




Medicine Park circa 1925 -- click any section to enlarge
The town's centerpiece is Medicine Creek and it's Bath Lake, the Curtis Davis foot bridge and Gondola Lake.  Cottages and cabins constructed with exterior facades of round cannonball sized granite cobblestones are the town's predominant architectural feature. The stones are naturally occurring and found only in the Wichita Mountains and are formed over a period of millions of years through the action of "freeze, thaw and tumble." 

In the 1920's and 30's - Medicine Park became the “playground” of the state's rich, famous and notorious. Folks would come to town for the weekend and leave their "work-a-day" troubles and reputations behind them. Outlaws and horse thieves mixed with noted politicians and businessmen, families and socialites in this new cobblestone community.

The Medicine Park "spirit" is a special blend of the Native American belief in the healing powers of the waters of Medicine Creek and the use of rounded cobblestones in almost all early-day structures. This construction material is unique in Oklahoma, and is rarely found anywhere else in the Country.



Medicine Park's resort economy thrived until the Great Depression and the advent of World War II. The Medicine Park resort was the scene of a wide variety of social and economic struggles (including its incorporation as a Town in 1969), but in the mid 1990's a pattern of declining investment began to slowly turn around. Small shops began to open as creative entrepreneurs began re-discovering the resort community. Other economic successes soon followed, giving the Town its current pattern of growth.

Today, visitors find lots of re-newed activity, restoration and construction of new homes.  In addition there are numerous small shops, galleries, restaurants, a tavern, a club for mixed drinks, and much more.


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