Historical Tour

Ponca City Attractions - Historical Tour Of Ponca City



Historical Tour Of Ponca City


Welcome to Ponca City!.....Ponca City was founded on September 16, 1893 when the great land run opened the Cherokee Strip to white settlement. Named for one of five neighboring tribes of Indians, Ponca's heritage was based on agriculture, oil and industry. As the largest city in Kay County, Ponca City is bordered on the southeast by the Arkansas River. To the north, west, and south are the flat wheat lands of America's breadbasket, while to the east are the rolling prairie grasslands and flint outcrops of the Osage.

During this "16-Page Tour," you will discover Ponca City's past by visiting some of the many historic locations in town.

Pioneer Woman Statue

We will begin our tour at the Pioneer Woman Museum.....


Unveiled on April 22, 1930 - the anniversary of the first run for land in Oklahoma, the Pioneer Woman Statue was created by renown artist Bryant Baker. The monument was conceived, directed and partially financed by Ernest Whitworth Marland. An oil man, philanthropist, U.S. Congressman, and the 10th Governor of Oklahoma, Mr. Marland helped develop one of Oklahoma's largest early day oil fields.


Pioneer Woman Statue Unveiling

In October, 1926, Marland invited twelve of the leading sculptors of the world to submit competitive designs in the form of small models. Four months later, the models were exhibited across the nation and 750,000 persons cast votes for their preference. Bryant Baker's model was the most popular by a large margin. The Pioneer Woman is a bronze statue 17 feet high and weighing 12,000 pounds. The total height of the monument is 30 feet. It was erected at a cost of $300,000.


It carries the following inscription: 

"In appreciation of the heroic character of the women who braved the dangers and endured the hardships incident to the daily life of the pioneer and homesteader in this country."


Pioneer Woman Museum

The Pioneer Woman Museum was dedicated on September 16, 1958  - the 65th. anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip for settlement.  The museum houses exhibits of household furniture, equipment, costumes, and memorabilia of family life in the pioneer era. Displays of old photographs, newspaper articles and flyers trace our heritage.


The museum also contains an extensive resource library on women in history, with emphasis on pioneer women.




Marland Mansion Entrance

(Now lets go north 4 blocks on Monument to the Marland Mansion, the next stop on our tour. Enter the main gate and stop in the main parking lot.)