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Elk City is the epitome of Oklahoma and its rich heritage. From the establishment of what was once a rural community in 1901 to the development of Route 66 as the nation’s first highway system to world champion cowboys, Elk City represents the heart of the great state of Oklahoma.

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The Elk City Chamber of Commerce is Elk City’s only full time organization working for the sole purpose of advancing the economic, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of our community.

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Visit An Elk City Park For A Great Day Outdoors

Visiting at least one Elk City park can be a real day at the beach.

One of 9 city parks maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department, Elk Lake includes a 750-acre park with a 250-acre lake.

Two boat ramps with docks give easy lake access to boaters, and anglers can also use the fishing dock to take advantage of a lake that is stocked with fish.

In addition to boating and fishing on the lake and swimming in the beach area, visitors to the park can take advantage of several amenities, including an 18-hole disc golf course, hiking, and mountain bike and horse trails.

One of the park’s unique attractions is the amphitheater where musical acts have performed, including Country Music legend Merle Haggard.

Picnic pavilions and outdoor grills provide lake users with areas for preparing meals and eating in the shade.
Multiple kiddie playgrounds are also available for small children.

Elk Lake also provides campgrounds and 5 RV parking slots with water and electric hook-ups.

From boating, fishing and swimming, to hiking, camping out and playing, Elk Lake’s many amenities and attractions offer several activities for the whole family to enjoy.

News and Updates – Two of Elk City’s most prominent Route 66 landmarks come from an earlier age of the Mother Road


ELK CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Drive Route 66 through town and they might be the first thing you notice at the museum complex there.

That’s what they were designed for, insist Sandra Wright and Jason Turner.

“They’re a part of my childhood,” says Jason as he looks up at one of the large, metal sculptures.


Sandra and Jason both used to play beneath them and climb on them as kids, part of the landscape outside and inside their fertile imaginations.

“To me,” he continues, “I grew up thinking of them as more like they were from space, like the original Star Wars movies.”

Y’a ‘at ‘e’eh means hello in the Navajo language.

Myrtle, the larger kachina sculpture, came along later.

Sandra’s dad, Reese Queenan is the guy who had them built for his Indian Trading Post, which operated from 1948 to the early 1980s along the old Mother Road.

Sandra recalls, “Daddy decided that there were the big arrows you’d see outside of buildings going west like the Jack Rabbit Trading Post. He got it in his head, ‘what about kachina dolls?’”

Made from recycled oil field barrels and scrap metal, these kachinas cast their shadows over the trading post.

Reese and Wanda ran the place and lived behind the store.

Wanda’s mom and dad had a cider stand on site.

When Wanda moved to town and helped out at this museum from its beginnings, Y’a ‘at ‘e’eh and Myrtle came along too.

Their images appear in scrap books and on social media posts from all over the world now.

Along a highway built with signs developed to capture the eye they fit right in.

Sandra and Jason still keep tabs on them too as they’re repainted and regularly restored.

They both see them as a kind of gift and good luck charm just like the real kachinas they were fashioned to look like.

Turner says, “It’s been a Godsend for me and my family.”

For more information on the Elk City Route 66 Museum go to their website or Facebook page.