Davis Travel Guide

  • Turner Falls
    Turner Falls
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  • Turner Falls
    Turner Falls
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  • Davis
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Davis Things to Do

  • The Falls and Caves

    Exploring the caves is wonderful! Of course would have been nice to have to correct shoes on becaus eyou did have to hike a bit!! ;)

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  • Rock Castle

    Part of the price of admission to Turner Falls is the opportunity to check out the Rock Castle that is built in the hillside. Dr. Ellsworth Collings was the man behind the design of the castle, and he had it built in the 1930s and made of rocks quarried in the area. I found it interesting to explore (note that the ceilings are awfully short!) but I...

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  • Turner Falls

    OK - so for years I have driven by the sign to visit Turner Falls, but this year, we had such a great spot of weather that we had to stop. Luckily it was in the off season, because otherwise the rates rack up pretty quickly at over $10 per adult, and $6 for kids 6-12. But in the offseason, it's $4 per person 6 and up. So what do you get for the...

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  • Once apon a Castle...

    You cant miss the Castle that sits in Turner Falls Park. Even from the top of the Arbuckle Mountains you can see the castle.

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  • The Falls

    The centerpiece of Turner Falls Park is the 77 foot waterfall on Honey Creek. True, this is not one of the world's great waterfalls, but here in the so-called flatlands of the midwest, that's surprising and impressive.At the foot of the falls is one of the park's two natural swimming holes, both attended by lifeguards in season. A bath house is...

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  • Up a Creek

    Most of the camping and RV grounds are upstream (and uphill) from the falls. There are a number of walking paths in the area, where you can see views upstream from the main falls, and can explore several caves.

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  • At the foot of the falls

    It's always fun to stand at the foot of a water fall, even if it is early spring and the temperatures are not warm yet. It's easy to walk to this spot.

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  • A Moment of Solitude and Quiet

    There probably won't be many solitary, quiet moments here during the peak season, but I noticed this woman surveying the scenery in a peace.

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  • Bluffs Along Honey Creek

    Photo taken below the falls from the walking path. Will be prettier in a few weeks when the wildflowers, grasses and trees heed the call of spring.

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  • Swimming Hole at the Base of the Falls

    Swimming is permitted during the summer season when life guards are present. This is a rather sizeable pool with a small gravel beach. The cold water is really refreshing during hot Oklahoma summers. The picture shown was taken during mid-March, well before lifeguards are present, and this little girl was just wading in the presence of her...

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  • Safari and more

    We had our doubts for a moment to drive into a safari in a rental car but decided to take the chance. There where some moments we thought the car was going to be dented but luckely that didn't happen.The Arbuckle wilderness consists of more then only a Safari. You can buy tickets for a few different programs at the entrance.You can drive thru, walk...

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  • A Mansion Among So Many Shacks

    Signs near the historic downtown area will direct the conscientious traveler to the Chigley Mansion a few blocks north of the area. While this takes only a few minutes of time, travelers will have to stop at the distant gate to gaze on what appears to be the capital structure in town, now a private residence. Even in rural America, the wealthy have...

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  • A Memorable Place

    East of the Davis Santa Fe Depot is the so-called Memory Plaza, which contains the names of local sponsors to the square rather than prominent residents or fallen servicemen. Apart from a few benches and a few planted basins, the town's prominent public clock scarcely charms the eye enough to draw one's attention for more than a second from the...

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  • Santa Fe Depot - Final Words

    Though Davis has its own newspaper and post office building, communications and news did not wholly flow through the offices at the Santa Fe Depot. As part of the historical mosaic of the region though, a separate room at the Depot contains primitive printing presses and teletype machines in what might be called its "communication room."

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  • Life as a G.I.

    During World War II, the county enlistments would gather at the Davis Santa Fe Depot to be shipped to either the east or west coast for their respective theaters via the extensive network of the GC&SF lines. Those who perished in service to their country would later have their appropriate listings near the courthouse of the county seat in Sulphur,...

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  • Life on the Road

    The Arbuckle Historical Museum inside the Santa Fe Depot is extremely diverse, showing not only a ticket office and other civic functions, but also the barracks where the stationmaster lived during the days when this was fairly common. The conditions are stark, despite the contrived displays, since the living quarters are confined and even...

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  • Able to Weather the Sale

    As part of a declining throng of survivors from the GC & SF lines, the depot at Davis was built on concrete foundations, and might have helped to keep it in situ. Many such depots were dismantled or removed to other locations after being sold or converted into museums. Now serving as the Arbuckle Historical Museum, the Davis Santa Fe Depot...

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  • Working on the Railroad

    The entire space of Murray County is home to only four registrants on the National Register of Historic Places, but of these only three can be visited without permission. Of the three, two are questionable for their listings and only one of those can be photographed to any advantage. The third listing, the only one of the whole four not found in...

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  • Microtel Davis Ok

    Route 1 Box 7C

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Davis Warnings and Dangers

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    by mafootje Written Aug 12, 2004

    When we where driving in the Arbuckle wilderness we ended up in between a group of Long Horns...and they didn't really want to go out of our way...

    So we where standing on a sloping hill between these animals with their gigantic horns....We were affraid that they would damage the car but didn't want to stay here all day.

    So inch by inch we where trying to move ahead and also trying not to irritate these animals it took us about 10 minutes to get savely and with an undamaged car past them....


    Picture taken friday june 6th, 2003

    Looking at the bulls *ss
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Davis Off The Beaten Path

  • County Business

    The county seat at Sulphur is a few miles east of Davis on OK-7. The county courthouse is laid back one block south of the main road (Highway 7), but ask a local and they'll get you there. The building is one of four listings on the National Register of Historic Places but without any visual merit for its consideration.

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  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area

    Though the official entrance of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is farther east in Sulphur, there are several points of access to the area through Davis and its environs. With over 3 million annual visitors, the recreational area has a considerable draw for its size. Once called Platt National Park, the area is full of eastern hardwoods,...

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  • Main Street's Most Prominent

    This particular building on OK-7 near the post office is the most prominent building in the historic downtown area. While not listed on either the national or Oklahoma register of historic places, its original function seems to have been a lodge, and it now sits adjacent to a modern salon. Composed of red brick like many ancient Oklahoma buildings,...

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  • Main Street

    Davis actually has a more charming Main Street than its larger neighbor Sulphur, but its original buildings are losing much of their original spirit. Composed of a few hotels and other facades near the town's post office, Davis' Main Street lacks the continuity of other Oklahoma Main Street preservation programs such as those in Norman or Purcell....

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