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Ninetieth Division

Texas County
Material: Granite

No Man's Land Museum

Texas County
Location: at Panhandle State College in Goodwell
Topics: Territorial Period 1861–1907, Government, Settlement Patterns

Cimarron Territory, or No Man's Land, has a unique history. For a period of time the region was not attached to any state or territory, and one attempt was made to have the area admitted as a separate territory. This museum illustrates the vivid history of the early pioneers of the Oklahoma Panhandle and the High Plains region.

Old Buffalo

Texas County
Location: on US-54, 4 1/2 miles northeast of Optima
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Retail, Urban Development, Government, Settlement Patterns, Territorial Period 1861–1907

The town of Old Buffalo was an important business and social center of "Cimarron Territory," now the Oklahoma Panhandle. The first post office in No Man's Land was established here on March 8, 1888.

Old Hardesty

Texas County
Location: on OK-3 on west edge of Hardesty
Material: Granite
Topics: Indian and Frontier Trade, Ranching, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Transportation, Retail, Settlement Patterns

Old Hardesty was a trading post established in No Man's Land in 1886. It was named for Colonel Jack Hardesty, a local prominent rancher. Old Hardesty flourished while trail herds crossed the area but faded away when the Rock Island Railroad bypassed the community.

Original No Man's Land

Texas County
Location: on US-54 at Texas border near Texhoma
Topics: Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Government, Settlement Patterns, Territorial Period 1861–1907

Following admission to the Union in 1846, the state of Texas, as a slave state, ceded the "Public Land Strip" to the United States to comply with the Missouri Compromise of 1850, which forbade slavery north of 36° 30'. The area remained unorganized but was promoted as Cimarron Territory in the 1880s with some attempts to establish a government. No Man's Land became part of Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890.

Panhandle Baptists

Texas County
Location: in Tyrone on grounds of First Baptist Church (OBHC)
Topics: Religion/Philosophy

Baptist work in the Oklahoma Panhandle began with the founding of Pleasant View Baptist Church with eight members on August 5, 1894.

Post Office at Loretta

Texas County
Location: on US-54 on east side of Texhoma
Topics: Territorial Period 1861–1907, Folklife

Texhoma was originally called Loretta, for Loretta Cain, the first postmaster. The town's name was changed in 1902.

Shade's Well

Texas County
Location: at junction of US-54 and county road at southeast edge of Tyrone
Topics: Ranching, Transportation, Water, Territorial Period 1861–1907

During the heyday of cattle drives through the Panhandle of Oklahoma, this well served as a watering place. Thousands of head of cattle were driven here to await shipment to northern markets.

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