El Reno Travel Guide

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El Reno Things to Do

  • World's Largest Hamburger Day

    At the beginning of each June, El Reno hosts World's Largest Hamburger Cook-off Day. My lousy picture is of the grill built by the kids at the local vo-tech. It's about 6-8' in diameter and is flipped over half-way through the cooking. Hundreds come to El Reno for this event - the smell of grilling onions wafts for miles around. This is small town...

  • Rude Headquarters Indeed

    Removed a few miles from Fort Reno and not having seen a coat of paint or protectant these many years, the former headquarters of General Phil Sheridan now also stand on the oval near the Rock Island Depot. Built to serve the general during the Indian Wars of 1876, the structure is the most modest of wooden cabins, able to shelter the old cavalry...

  • Permanent Structures, Variable Tasks

    On Bickford Avenue stands a large red-brick building that in all likelihood had once been a hotel. Featuring three stories in a city where two was the norm, the narrow facade disguises a long structure that assumes the entire block. Now a souvenir and memories shop, the conscious visitor can study the Victorian details in the ceiling and walls to...

  • Wall to Wall With History

    Above and behind the Heroes Plaza is a large mural depicting the history of El Reno from its modest beginnings overseeing the activities of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation (the Darlington Agency) to the establishment of Fort Reno to becoming a major historical city in both the Indian Territory and later State of Oklahoma.

  • War Memorial

    At the corner of Woodson and Rock Island Avenue is the Heroes Plaza, dedicated to the men and women who served in America's 20th-century wars. As usual with a county seat, the memorial is set off in a confined space where relatives and patriots can study the engravings in peace and solitude.

  • Goff House

    One of the prominent old structures in El Reno is the Goff House, a privately-owned mansion now serving as a B&B. Sharing features of both the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles of architecture and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this wonderful Victorian-era home sits not far from historic downtown.

  • Mennonites on the Prairie

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mennoville Mennonite Church was removed from its original location (like the Hotel El Reno) to sit in a circle of plenipotentiaries ennobling the illustrious history of El Reno. Built in 1893 with 27 charter members, the Swiss-German missionaries from this sect and church attempted the...

  • Frontier History

    The Hotel El Reno came under the auspices of the Canadian County Historical Society after its removal to the present location. Even more so that the historical museum across the oval, the hotel portrays a living history by furnishing every room as it must have been from 1892-1930. A businessman's bedroom, a honeymooner's retreat and a collection of...

  • Frontier Lodging

    Built in 1892 and likewise listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel El Reno now serves as a kind of adjunct to the nearby Canadian County Museum. Originally standing a few blocks from its present location at Wade and Choctaw, the hotel once served as a prominent stop on Route 66. Closed in 1974, the beautifully-restored...

  • El Reno Canteen Service

    Originally built in 1917 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this modest-looking structure was the first Red Cross hut built in the United States. Restored in 1975, the small "office" served over 50,000 GIs during WWI.

  • Going to the Chapel

    Today's Fort Reno has a single building wherein you can set your foot, apparently because the asbestos risk is either too small or nonexistent. The chapel came along much later than most of the buildings (not until 1944), which perhaps explains its admissibility. The design is simple but religious, with humble pews before an appropriately humble...

  • Quarters Now Begging for Quarter

    Fort Reno, the original miltiary post for this Indian frontier, still stands in an unvisited block a few miles west-northwest of town. Structures date from the 1870s, with commissaries and horse stables from the 1880s, and other additions and their purposes given on signs outside the structures. Unfortunately, most of Fort Reno is falling into...


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  • Best Western Hensleys

    I40 AND COUNTRY CLUB RD, El Reno, OK 73036

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Motel 6 El Reno

    The Motel 6 in El Reno is another good example of the newer higher standard Motel 6. The exterior...

  • Comfort Inn El Reno

    1707 Sw 27th St, El Reno, OK 73036

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

El Reno Restaurants

  • Italian Chain in Oklahoma

    Mazzio's is a chain of Pizza places. Decor is pretty typical for a chain restaurant, kinda bare. They specialize in pizza but also serve salads and pasta. I tried the Greek Pasta. It had a very unique taste and was very good. Worth a try if you need your food pretty fast.

  • World's Best Coneys & Onion Burgers

    In its "new" location for a couple of decades now, Johnnie's started in the 30's or 40's in a hole-in-the-wall downtown. It seats about 30 or so on a busy day. Breakfast ranges from pancakes to bacon & eggs, but the real demand is for yummy coneys & onion burgers. Part of the secret must be the age of the grill & thus its "seasoning," acquired over...

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El Reno Off The Beaten Path

  • Interesting Okarche

    Okarche is a tiny town just north of El Reno with a famous restaurant known statewide (Eischen's Bar or Eischen's Chicken). Most of town is quite modest and requires virtually no time to cross. Apart from the chicken joint, there are a few remarkable churches whose spires tower over the village, and a row of million-dollar mansions that seems out...

  • Historic Kingfisher

    Lying about 30 miles north of El Reno on US-81, Kingfisher was once a town of prominence in the Oklahoma landscape, at one time considered for the state capital. Today it is a modest town of 4,300, but with the Chisholm Trail Museum, the Seay Mansion and other attractions probably boasts one of the greatest concentrations of historic wonders...

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church

    Many of Oklahoma's small towns and cities have wonderful church architecture within their limits, and El Reno is no exception. With a long sanctuary encased in red brick and a booming white steeple higher than most structures downtown, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church also boasts some of the best stained-glass windows in the entire state.


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  • Old Mascara Never Washes Off

    Along the main historic drag on Rock Island Avenue, careful inspection of the storefronts will usually reveal the former purpose for the building. Whether it be the former El Reno Gun & Pawn Shop (now a florist) or the establishment for the Kraft Brothers (now the Rock Island Block), old entablatures often state their original names for the...

  • Victorian Trim and Detail

    Victorian architecture as it was known in the United States from the 1890s onwards is no different in El Reno than it is in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kingfisher, Guthrie, Van Buren or Fayetteville. Two-story limits were common, with bay windows on the upper facades and sometimes pilasters fused into the siding. In some ways our turn-of-the-century...

  • 1889 Land Run History

    As an ongoing government station by the time of the 1889 Land Run, El Reno played a prominent roles in settling claims for homesteaders in that historical melee. The Rock Island Line (fairly mirroring the Chisholm Trail cattle path) forms the primitive western boundary for the two million acres settled on April 22.


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