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Big Pasture

Tillman County
Location: on OK-70 in Grandfield
Material: Granite
Topics: American Indians, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Natural Resources, Land Openings, Settlement Patter

A half-million acres were reserved for grazing lands when the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache lands were opened to public settlement in 1901. Because of the rich soil, pressure was brought on the federal government to open the Big Pasture to settlement. The land was sold by sealed bids beginning in December 1906. It was the last big land opening in Oklahoma.


Tillman County
Location: four miles south of Tipton, Oklahoma on Hwy. 5
Sponsored by: Tillman County Historical Society
Topics: Folklife, Recreational/Service, Government, Early Statehood 1907–1941

Bud and Temple Abernathy, ages five and nine, rode alone on horseback from Crossroads Ranch near Frederick, Oklahoma, to New York City, leaving this vicinity on April 5, 1910. Jack Abernathy, father of the daring young boys, was a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt and was planning to meet the President in New York City after a safari trip to Africa. His two young sons begged him to allow them to go ahead and travel the 2,000 miles on horseback to meet their dad and President Roosevelt.

The Great Wolf Hunt of 1905

Tillman County
Location: eleven miles east of Frederick, Oklahoma at Hammsville, Oklahoma
Sponsored by: Tillman County Historical Society
Topics: Government, Folklife, Recreational/Service, Transportation, Territorial Period 1861–1907

President Theodore Roosevelt arrived by train in Frederick, Oklahoma, on April 5, 1905. A passionate hunter and ardent believer in the wild outdoor life, the President was there to join famed world hunter Jack "Catch 'em Alive" Abernathy for a wolf hunting expedition. More than 500 excited citizens packed the streets of downtown Frederick to get a glimpse of the President and hear his speech.

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