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Check Out a Self-Guided Tour That Takes You to the Most Awesome Spots of Payne County

How much do you know about Payne County? Test your knowledge at A Payne County Tour: Past & Present in Cushing, Perkins, and Yale. Learn more about Payne County’s fascinating history while living and eating well at a number of excellent stops along the way. Check it out this Saturday!

The town of Cushing's nickname, "The Pipeline Crossroads of the World," gives a vivid snapshot of its history as an oil boomtown. Learn more about the humble beginnings of Cushing and its neighboring towns Yale and Perkins while exploring attractions from both yesterday and today.

Payne County’s history as Indian Territory started with a Civil War battle. Attend the Battle of Round Mountain Re-enactment at Yale for a glimpse into this very battle, the first of its kind in Indian Territory. Then, celebrate Payne County’s Native American legacy with a trip to the annual Native Fest in Cushing. At this one-day event, listen to storytellers and witness traditional drumming and dancing.

At the annual Iowa Tribal Powwow in Perkins, guests can learn about traditional camping, arts and gourd dancing. Continue in the true Western tradition, and head to the annual Cushing Community PRCA Rodeo to experience its wide variety of bull riding, calf roping, and barrel racing events.

Get a taste of Cushing’s cowboy days with a trip to the Homestead Restaurant for dinner, sampling home-style, Southern cooking perfected since its 1953 opening date. Continue in true Western tradition over in Perkins, where Oklahoma State University fans can tour the Frank Eaton Home to get a sense of the man who inspired the “Pistol Pete” cowboy mascot.

Whether discovering snapshots of the past or exploring contemporary activities, guests are sure to have a blast touring through Payne County. For more information and to view the full list of self-guided tour destinations, visit

At Clairemont Park Apartments in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we consider ourselves lucky to be located in a thriving community with so much excitement happening daily. Support local events and make plans to check this exciting one out!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, August 17, 2019—7:30 AM

Event Venue Location:
Various Destinations
Yale, Oklahoma 74085

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