Woodward is in the Red Carpet Country region of Oklahoma.

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Woodward has a colorful past, with everything from US military engagements with the Comanche and Kiowa to cattle drives to a railroad robbery by the Doolin Dalton Gang thrown in. It emerged as an important beef and oil production center over time, with its Southern Plains Research Range Station and location on the Anadarko Shelf, respectively, and was the home of Temple Houston, son of Sam Houston, and Will Rogers for a time.

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  • 1 Plains Indians & Pioneers, 2009 Williams Ave, +1 580 256-6136. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. This museum covers the history of northwest Oklahoma, from the Indians to the cattlemen and oil workers.
  • 2 Temple Houston Grave, Elmwood Cemetery, 2600 Downs Ave. Where Temple Lea Houston, son of General and Governor Sam Houston, is buried. Temple Houston was known for his oratory and litigation skills as a trial attorney.
  • 3 Fort Supply Historic Site, 1 William Key Blvd, Fort Supply, +1 580-766-3767. Th-Sa 9AM-4PM. This is where the US Army had its base camp in the area during its expeditions against the tribes of the Cherokee Outlet. It also functioned as a cemetery for military and Native Americans and later as a mental hospital. Difficult to access though; may require calling to schedule tour.    

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  • 1 Crystal Beach Park (junction of Temple Houston Dr and Jim Ben Dr). A Works Progress Administration project, though admittedly there's not too much to look at today. Walking path.
  • 2 Boiling Springs State Park, 207745 Boiling, The Springs Rd, +1 580 256-7664. Daily 8AM-4:30PM. Built by the CCC in the 1930s, this park is built around an artesian springs that looks as though it is boiling. Hiking, high plains scenery, swimming (in pool), dioramas, camping.  

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Routes through Woodward
HaysFort Supply  N   S  ClintonAustin
LiberalFort Supply  W   E  WatongaOklahoma City
GuymonFort Supply  W   E  → Jct  Enid
StratfordPerryton ← becomes   ← Jct N   S  W   E  END

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