SALINA CITY PARK
Come and enjoy a day in the park. Whether it is just to play a while or have a family gathering you are sure to have a good time. With the creek meandering through the heart of the park, you can't help wanting to roll up your pants and wade right in. If fishing the afternoon away from the shores of Lake Hudson sounds more to your liking, then go ahead and bring your gear. The backside of the park offers just the right spot for that perfect catch of the day. The park also has a playground for the kids, a lighted walking trail, horseshoe pit, restrooms, group shelter with family sized grill and lots of shaded picnic tables and grills.
SALINA PUBLIC LIBRARY/GENEALOGY CENTER
Located on the grounds of the City Park. This is a full-service library that keeps up to date with current best sellers. They also have a computer room with internet access and an information-packed genealogy center with lots of historical newspaper articles to sift through, as well as local cemetery records and Ancestory.com. The library also offers a variety of activities for kids throughout the year. For more information contact the library at (918) 434-8001
Located in the Salina City Park
The Springhouse was built in 1844 by Lewis Ross, brother of Cherokee Chief John Ross. A reliable source of drinking water was important in selecting a house site. A good spring met that need and also provided a means for keeping perishable foods. Water from the spring flowed through a rock lined channel in the floor of a spring house where containers of perishable food especially dairy products were placed in the channel and "refrigerated" by the cool water flowing around it. Crocks, barrels and jars of other less perishable food was sometimes kept in the spring house as well, especially during warm weather. The structure also protected the food stored there from animals. The Springhouse was later used by the Cherokee Orphan Asylum for the same purpose. It is constructed of native stone and the roof covered with wooden shingles. It represents one of the oldest forms of folk architecture in Oklahoma. The Springhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 1983. It is listed as one of the oldest buildings in Oklahoma and is one of the few structures left intact from the mid-nineteenth century settlement era.
There are currently six historic places within 30 minutes of Salina listed on the National Register for information and directions visit the link below.
THINGS TO SEE AND PLACES TO GO
Salina City Park
Located in the Salina City Park
The Indians boiled salt from the water rising from limestone rock about a mile south of Jean Pierre Chouteau's Trading Post. The springs included one hot geyser that shot boiling water 8 to 10 feet in the air. Chouteau obtained the springs in a treaty in 1825 and sold them to Sam Houston in 1830. Here is where salt was manufactured and sold to the Indians at fifty cents a bushel. Ox teams came from hundreds of miles and salt was hauled away by the wagon loads. The huge salt kettles used, came from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and were transported down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and up the Arkansas and Grand rivers to a forge near where the Salina bridge is now located. Cherokee Captain, John Rogers, began making salt from the springs and named them Grand Saline. By 1839 he was operating 115 kettles. He lost the "Salt Works" in 1844 to the Cherokee Nation under the new law defining their territory. The Cherokee's leased the land to Lewis Ross brother of Chief John Ross.
Copperhead U.S.A. Motorcycle Rally Grounds
Corner of S. Grace St. & W. Wall St.
Springer Park is a Memorial Tribute to Paul and Lucy Springer. Their homesite was located on the property and removed when the state widened the highway in 1996. Their daughter Carrie Birchfield created and maintains the park with the help of many friends and neighbors. This is a relaxation park as their are no facilities available with the exception of a few picnic tables. Also located on the west end of the park next to The Paradise Tree you will find a replica log trading post built by Ronnie Vance and Mike Rutherford. During winter months, the dike on the west end of the park is a popular snow sledding spot for kids of all ages.
Located in Springer Park on S. Evening Shade St.
The Paradise Tree was the first tree planted in Oklahoma. The trees were planted by Auguste Pierre Chouteau, son of Major Jean Pierre Chouteau who founded Salina in 1796, The Paradise trees along with other shrubs were imported from France around 1822 to landscape the luxurious two story log home “ La Grande Saline” that Chouteau built at the site of the Trading Post near present day Salina. The site of the original Trading Post, just south of the bridge on Hwy 20 East coming into Salina, is under water due to the construction of Lake Hudson in 1964.
T38 TALON FIGHTING PLANE
Resting atop a concrete pedestal on the lawn of the American Legion Cleo Farr Post #240
The T38 #10926 was brought to town from Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls Texas as a lasting monument. On March 20, 1993 it was dedicated “In Honor of All Men and Women in Mayes County Who Honorably Served Our Great Country in Peace and War”.
The aircraft was disassembled in Wichita Falls by members and friends of Post #240: Commander Burl “Peanuts” Rice, Joe Brown, Charlie Haley, Joe Haley, Sam Matlock, David Matlock, Leon Crawford and Bobby Bailey. They reassembled it in Salina on the lawn of Leon Crawford. On Febuary 17, 1993 Peanuts Rice climbed into the cockpit and rode in the pilot's seat, as #10926 was paraded down main street to its final destination.
Bruce Chitwood, Johnny Dodson, Gerald Pritchett, Darrell David Blaylock, Don King, Tim King, Glen Reed, Ray Haley, Billy Rice, Red Crawford, David Crawford, Ronnie Vance, Curtis Mcfadden, Earl Wassom, Ray Griggs, Spike Ross, George Miller, Carl Montgomery, Mike Hedges, Vic Holleyman, Marla Jo Brown, Pryor Stone and Salina Fire Dept. all shared a roll in preparing the area and mounting the plane.
The project was first set into motion by Joe Brown and Peanuts Rice in mid 1991, They wanted an anti-aircraft gun, but after several trips to Air Force Bases throughout the country, they couldn’t find one. They contacted the American Legion in Washington D.C., which steered them to a “regeneration center” in Tuscon, Arizona. The aircraft they originally chose was already promised to an Air National Guard unit in Arkansas, which was a short setback for the pair. A year and a half later the Arkansas Guard had failed to retrieve the plane so it was forfeited to the Salina duo. Joe spent a great number of painstaking hours building a detailed model of his vision of the monument to present to his fellow Legionaires.
With a 35 foot trailer they set forth on their purposeful journey to Texas. They found the T-38 #10926 resting on its landing gear at Sheppard AFB, minus engines and avionics.
Rice and Brown, chafing at chuckles from base personnel who estimated that disassembly of the plane would take that day and another, in four hours had the wings off and the plane loaded onto the trailer. Rice said when base personnel came to help them, they were done. By coincidence, the plane’s complete maintenance records were in the front seat, providing a history of #10926.
The T-38 first flew in New Mexico in 1961, an unarmed trainer to teach future pilots the rigors of flying a jet fighter. It last flew in 1982. At some time between, the plane was in Taiwan, where record entries were written in Chinese.
SALINA HIGHBANKS SPEEDWAY &
FINISH LINE RESTAURANT
2 miles West of Salina on Hwy 20
Saturday Nights...Under The Lights... The Way Racing was Meant To Be Salina Highbanks Speedway is Ready for This Years Racing Season.
The Salina Highbanks is a NASCAR sanctioned track. Even though the Salina Highbanks is predominantly a stock car facility, many other racing series that travel throughout the United States, including Sprint Car series, Who are scheduled to run during this season for the same reason the 5 classes of stockcars are. The track is fast, really fast. Combine that with the multiple groove clay surface and it spells EXCITEMENT, both for the fans and drivers.
The pit area can accommodate over 200 race teams with room to expand. Full access pit passes are available for racefans with grandstand seating, new restrooms and concessions as well. The grandstand seating will accommodate up to 5,000 people and by late afternoon is completely covered in shade. Also there is a 4,000 sq. ft. covered open air concession area, beer barn, picnic tables and patio seating complete with awnings.
The real surprise though is the VIP area. Located on the second level of the front stretch grandstand complex overlooking Lake Hudson is a 4 star, The Finish Line Restaurant, open year round, Thursday thru Sunday. VIP passes are available to the general public during the racing season to sit in air conditioned comfort, enjoy great food and drink and watch some of the most competitive racing in the Midwest, also VIP Suites, with home theatre seating and accommodations for up to 16 people can be leased for the season, they are incredible. Many area companies and individuals take advantage of these suites that are as nice or nicer than most Sprint Cup facilities.
Located just 2 miles West of Salina on Hwy 20, it is less than 30 minutes from Grand Lake or Tulsa. The family owned facility is committed to keeping the venue family oriented.
Call 918-434-7223 for more information about season tickets, season pit passes, VIP suite leasing and sponsorship opportunities.
BLUE HOLE SWIMMING PARK
7 Miles E. of Salina, OK on Hwy 20 (Kenwood Rd)
Owner: Wanda Chancellor
Surrounded by large trees and fed by three springs, established in 1978, Blue Hole is known as the Best Swimming Hole in Mayes County for families to stay cool in the summer heat. The water is known for its cold temperature, as it stays in the mid 50’s through the summer. The deepest part of the park is abut 12 feet but there are plenty of shallow spots for young children to play as well.
The park offers picnic areas, over night camping, RV sites with access to electricity as well as cabins available to rent. A concession stand is also on site with burgers, snow cones and much much more.
In keeping with its family friendly atmosphere, No Alcohol is allowed in the 12 acre park. The park is open from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend. Blue Hole Park was recognized in 2011 as one of the “top fifteen swim spots” in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Today Magazine
Year round motorcyclists from all over love the thrills of the 69 curves known as “Copperhead Run". From Salina, head north on Hwy 82 through the scenic Spavinaw Hills, ending at the Copperhead Rally Grounds. For the other scenic rides in the area check out www.copperheadrunrally.com
COPPERHEAD U.S.A. MOTORCYCLE RALLY GROUNDS
15 miles N of Salina on Hwy 82
Copperhead Rally Grounds offers bikers a unique camping experience year round with RV hookups, primitive campsites, cabin rentals, restrooms, shower house,leather shop, the Copperhead Tavern and an outdoor beer garden. The grounds may also be leased for private parties, family reunions, weddings and more. The main events are the Spring and Fall Rallies & Poker Run, as well as several other rallies throughout the year hosted by other organizations. Check out their website for a complete list of events.
SPAVINAW HILLS WILDLIFE REFUGE AREA
Headquarters/Office Phone: 918- 253-4253.
10 miles East of Salina on Hwy 20 (Kenwood Road)
WMA entrance is located 2 miles East of Kenwood, or there is also a designated parking area for horseback riders in the Wickliffe Community, located 8 miles East of Salina on Kenwood Road and 2 miles North on County Rd N448.
Spavinaw WMA is a part of the Ozark Plateau and covers 14,316 acres in Eastern Mayes and Western Delaware Counties in Northeast Oklahoma. For lovers of the land this is a definite must do whether its hunting, hiking, horseback riding or just a get back to nature drive. WMA is one of the most beautiful year round scenic drives in the area.
An abundance of wildlife can be found in the reserve. You will find deer, turkey, coyotes, bobcat, raccoon, squirrel, quail, and if you look really hard you may see an elk or two and black bears have been spotted as well. Only one designated primitive camping area is offered in the reserve and is only allowed during the open hunting season.
Be sure to visit the Wildlife Management Website for a complete list of rules and regulations for the Spavinaw WMA
4-WAY RODEO ARENA
Located at the Mayes County Fairgrounds
8 miles West of Salina on Old Hwy 20
The Annual 4-Way Rodeo hosted by the 4-Way Association has been a home town favorite for the last 73 years. This is an IPRA / ACRA sanctioned Rodeo. Many local cowboys and cowgirls compete in this two day event, as well as many top ranked competitors from all over the United States. In addition to the Annual Rodeo, many other events are held throughout the year. It also hosts the Mayes County Championships in the fall during the Mayes County Fair. For information on other events, visit their website.
SAFARI JOE'S REPTILE WORLD
69 W 360 Rd Adair, OK 74330
Saturdays from 10am-5pm.
At Safari Joes Reptile World you can find a variety of activities, including hands-on time with the animals, enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, as well as concessions and picnic area. There is something for the entire family to enjoy. Safari Joe's Reptile World is available for private parties and special events. Fridays & Saturdays can be reserved for birthday parties, corporate parties, organization events and much more.
11 miles Northwest of Salina
572 Dry Gulch Road Adair, OK 74330
Dry Gulch, U.S.A. is a year-round camp and retreat center located on the shores of Lake Hudson.
Excitement is inescapable at a special place called Dry Gulch, U.S.A. As one of Oklahoma's premier summer camps and home to The Christmas Train, Dry Gulch specializes in unforgettable experiences that kids and families will treasure forever.
As the senior pastor of Church on the Move, Pastor Willie George believes in making kids a priority. He sensed a desire in 1985 to build a kids' camp and retreat center called Dry Gulch, U.S.A. Now over 25 years later, Dry Gulch welcomes thousands of campers each summer and approximately 50,000 guests during the holiday season for The Christmas Train.
Dry Gulch, U.S.A. offers an adventure of a lifetime. From the moment campers set foot in this Old West town, adventure is inescapable. Your child will make lasting memories while enjoying go-kart races, bumper cars, horseback rides, water sports on Lake Hudson, and an exciting ride aboard an authentic steam-engine train.
The inspiring chapel services will impact your child's life for eternity. God's Word comes alive each day through engaging songs, interactive lessons, and practical teaching that reaches the hearts of kids. Make Dry Gulch, U.S.A. your child's summer camp destination!
The Christmas Train:
The Christmas Train is a holiday event that will delight the whole family. On select nights in November and December, Dry Gulch is transformed into a winter wonderland that offers lots to see and do. As part of the featured train ride, guests witness the Christmas story as it comes to life with the help of amazing artwork, story narration, live scenes, and an original music score. In addition to the train ride, The Christmas Train also offers a variety of specialty gift shops, dining and concession areas, a live western music show, wagon rides, photos with Santa, and more!
11 miles Northwest of Salina
1421 West 450 Road Pryor, Ok 74361
Rocklahoma was established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Rock.” The event was revamped in 2010 as organizers worked with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.
Rocklahoma, well known as “America’s Biggest Memorial Weekend Party”, will come to life on Memorial Day weekend at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for the multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
In 2011 Rocklahoma attracted record-breaking crowds with over 35,000 fans attending and event organizers raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross as part of their tornado relief efforts in nearby Joplin, MO. This will be the sixth year for the Rocklahoma festival.
Rocklahoma’s website offers a detailed list of ticket options, VIP packages and amenities. Festival goers interested in camping tickets can call the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288.
HISTORIC PENSACOLA DAM
19 ½ miles N of Salina on Hwy 82
Hwy 28 E, Langley Ok.74350
FREE DAILY DAM TOURS MEMORIAL DAY THRU LABOR DAY
Courtesy of GRDA, tours are given 7 days a week including holidays, from 9am to 4 pm. Tours originate from the GRDA Ecosystems Center on the west end of the dam in Langley, OK. Tours do require a lot of walking, several flights of stairs and last about 1 hour.
The Pensacola Dam, also known as the Grand River Dam, is a multiple-arch buttress dam on the Grand River between Disney and Langley.The dam is operated by the Grand River Dam Authority and creates Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. After decades of vision and planning, it was constructed between 1938 and 1940 for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation, flood control and recreation. It is Oklahoma's first hydroelectric power plant and it is the World's Longest Multiple Arch Dam, spanning approximately one mile.
T38 Talon Fighting Plane
Salina Highbanks Speedway
Blue Hole Swimming Park
Spavinaw Hills Wildlife Refuge Area
4-Way Rodeo Arena
Historic Pensacola Dam