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the Art of Oklahoma!

Welcome to Edmond, Oklahoma! This is a city unmatched in America’s heartland…where world-class sculptures are scattered like jewels, dozens of them, lining the streets and tucked into corners just waiting to surprise you with unexpected beauty. Edmond offers visitors, as well as meeting and event planners, an artfully unique experience.

It is proudly located smack-dab in the Oklahoma heart of historic Route 66, America’s Mother Road…and at the crossroads of I-35 & I-44, close to I-40. While being situated minutes from the bustling heart of the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Edmond offers the comfort and safety of a small town with all the attractions and entertainment of a big city.

We want you to enjoy your stay and that means helping you know your way around. The Edmond Visitor Guide is designed with you in mind. The centerfold of the book is a simplified map of Edmond. You’ll note that all information in every listing in this publication is color coded to the centerfold map.

We know that meetings mean business and our business is helping you have successful meetings. The Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau offers assistance to group and event planners. We can help you find the right facility for your meeting and connect with local services from catering to pipe and drape. We can also help you with itinerary planning, brochures, bags and welcome materials for your attendees. We know the local suppliers and services that can take your event from ordinary to extraordinary.

Motor coaches and tour operators are special in Edmond. Call for itinerary assistance unique to the interest of your groups, your schedule, and especially what’s happening.

Call today and let us work with you.

The Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at
1030 S. Bryant in Edmond.

Local: 405-341-4344 or
Toll Free 1-866-341-4344
www.VisitEdmondOK.com

Historically speaking… Edmond was originally explored in 1832 by noted author, Washington Irving. Soon this area was home to cattle ranchers and hardworking cowboys. Oklahoma was first known as Indian Territory. In 1870 the U.S. government conducted a survey of the western portion of that area. After establishing treaties with the various Indian nations and assigned them to reservations within Indian Territory. In the spring of 1887 the Santa Fe railroad extended its line across Indian Territory and established a siding that would one day become the city of Edmond. The Edmond Station fulfilled its purpose as a railway siding by providing coal, water, a telegrapher’s shack and conveniences for the train passengers of the day.

Much of Oklahoma was settled through a uniquely American series of land runs. The railway stations and their vicinities were prime points and Edmond Station was among the top sites for runs. April 22, 1889 dawned bright and clear as the first of the Great Oklahoma Land Runs began promptly at “12 noon sun time”. At 12:05 pm the surveyors began laying out the Edmond town site. Miss Nanitta A.H. Daisey, later to be known as Kentucky Daisey, was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Gazette, who came to the Land Run onboard the press correspondent rail car. Perched on the first of the press trains with one hand clutching the hand rail, a stake in the other and a gun strapped to her waist, Kentucky Daisey leapt from the train, when it was less than a mile from Edmond, ran, drove her spike into the ground, fell to her knees and fired a shot into the air claiming her land to the cheers of the other passengers. She then turned and ran back catching the last car of that same train. Kentucky Daisey which she rode on to Guthrie, the territorial capitol, to file her claim for the land she had marked with her stake.

Edmond’s lineage involves a number of historical “Oklahoma Firsts”. The city proudly boasts being the home of Oklahoma’s…First schoolhouse…First church…and First classroom building for a school of higher education (today this UCO icon is fondly known as “Old North”). Those same “Firsts” survive today to intrigue and entertain visitors with stories of Edmond’s past.

Prominently located on Rt. 66, the glory days of the Mother Road brought fame to many Edmond restaurants. The Wide-A-Wake Café, the 66 Highway Café, The Lone Elm, and Royce’s (a restaurant that was named by Duncan Hines himself!) are just a few. While those are gone now, more than 200 wonderful restaurants now call Edmond home and serve today’s travelers. Several Edmond restaurants and chefs have been recognized in publications such as Southern Living, Bon Appetite and Gourmet magazines making Edmond a culinary destination.

The “Blue Hippo” on Broadway is a Route 66 icon. Pranksters have relocated the hippo a time or two in the past. It keeps holding on as a tongue in cheek reminder of the hay days of the Mother Road. This playful piece of history has been appearing in family vacation photos for years. Oh the stories he could tell…

A more elevated new Mother Road icon is the “Touch the Clouds” statue of a Native American at the corner of Garland Godfrey and 2nd Street. This colorful work of art was recently installed and hails from an earlier life near Houston’s Astro Dome. Spreading its arms wide, “Touch the Clouds” welcomes today’s travelers on Historic Rt. 66.

Looking for a pampered experience? Be sure to check in at one of Edmond’s exclusively elegant Bed & Breakfast Inns. Edmond’s day spas are also great places to immerse yourself in the fine art of relaxation where you can enjoy being pampered with the most current and soothing of spa treatments. OR…If shopping is your preferred choice of recreation Edmond is just the ticket. Downtown Edmond is a vibrant and eclectic shopping district with more than 30 shops located right where Rt. 66 takes a jog south. Don’t miss the numerous other shopping zones. Check out the shopping section of this publication to find the one convenient to you. Be sure to peruse all sections of this publication for information on what’s going on and where you’re sure to find something of interest to you. All areas listed are color keyed to the centerfold map. You’re sure to find something you’ll love at any and all shopping areas.

As always, Your Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau keeps brochures and other information on these events and others to let you know what’s going on and how to have fun in Edmond.

Remember, there’s always something fun to do in Edmond, the Art of Oklahoma!