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The Archivist: 1940 stamp book showcased 50 great places in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Travel Association created a souvenir map and history book featuring 50 travel destinations in Oklahoma in 1940.
By Mary Phillips, For The Oklahoman Published: June 2, 2014

Imagine choosing 50 special places to visit in Oklahoma.

That was the task undertaken by the newly formed Oklahoma Travel Association in 1940.

The new association was created by the Oklahoma Hotel Association to promote state tourism.

Their first project, announced in The Oklahoman, March 19, 1940, was to publish “a souvenir map book, which will be a combination strip map, Oklahoma history and album book, which will be of convenient size to carry in a coat pocket.”

“Fifty outstanding points of interest in the state will be shown and special poster stamps will be sold to be pasted into the book, giving the traveler a permanent souvenir of his visit to Oklahoma.”

By May 12, the group had chosen “Oklahoma’s 50 most interesting places.”

The list included:

The Indian Reservation, Anadarko; Pioneer Woman statue, Ponca City; Ouachita National Forest, Poteau; Platt National Park, now the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur; Sequoyah’s home, Sallisaw; Creek Indian Capitol, Okmulgee; Osage council house, Pawhuska; the Arbuckle Mountains’ geological formations; the Choctaw courthouse, Tuskahoma; Devils’ Den, Tishomingo; Turner Falls; Boiling Springs State Park, Woodward; the state Capitol; coal mines at McAlester; Christ’s tomb, Canute; the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Oklahoma A&M College, now Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; the Masonic Temple, Guthrie; Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Lawton; Fort Gibson reconstructed fort; Lake Murray, Ardmore; the state’s first commercial oil well, Bartlesville; the largest oil refinery, Tulsa; Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore; Roman Nose State Park, Watonga.

Mineral water baths at Claremore, Guthrie and Sulphur; Grand River Dam near Vinita; Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Methodist Church; the Great Salt Plains, Cherokee; Fort Sill’s Army Artillery School; Greenleaf Lake southeast of Muskogee; the old Cherokee Indian Capitol and courthouse, Tahlequah; old Five Civilized Tribes headquarters, Muskogee; Alabaster Caverns; Freedom; the dinosaur quarry, Kenton; largest cypress tree, Broken Bow; Callixylon tree, 350,000,000-years-old, East Central University, Ada; Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton.

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