History & Culture
Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of the premier energy companies of the twentieth century right here in Ponca City. This state-of-the-art museum depicts the transformation from two independent American success stories, E. W. Marland’s Marland Oil Company and Isaac Blake’s Continental Oil and Transportation merging together to become Conoco.
Appealing to visitors of all ages, the experience includes 14 flat screen TVs, a 40-seat movie theater, touchscreen computers, and remakes of a Doodlebugger work site, a 1950s research laboratory and a reconstructed early 1900s gas station, complete with a hands-on gravity fed gas pump. Guided group and school tours are available, along with a children’s activity book and scavenger hunt.
E. W. Marland Estate
E.W. Marland, millionaire oilman and the 10th Governor of Oklahoma built this mansion in 1928, at a cost of 5.5 million dollars. The Marland Mansion is truly one of America’s castles! Modeled after the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy, this breathtakingly beautiful “Palace on the Prairie” denotes incredible attention to detail with carved wood, sculptured stone, wrought iron arched doorways, and Waterford crystal chandeliers. This internationally known showplace contains 43,561 square feet spread over four floors ~ complete with leather-lined elevator, twelve bathrooms, three kitchens, an elegant ballroom with a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling worth over 1.9 million dollars and seven fireplaces. The mansion is a National Historic Landmark and is available for weddings, reunions and private parties.
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm;
Marland's Grand Home
In 1914, after making a fortune in oil, E.W. Marland began construction on his home at 1000 E. Grand Ave. where he lived with his first wife, Mary Virginia, and their adopted niece and nephew, Lydie and George Roberts. This restored 22 room mansion was designed with a central vacuuming system, automatic dishwasher, and the first indoor swimming pool in Oklahoma. The home includes items and displays representing the Marland family and the Marland Oil empire of the 1920s.
In addition the site houses an extensive collection of memorabilia from the world famous 101 Ranch located just outside of Ponca City, as well as rare artifacts and archaeological items from early day American Plains Indians tribes. The Louise Fluke Flag Plaza located on the grounds is a tribute to the designer of the Oklahoma state flag. Fluke was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) who held the design contest in 1925, as was Mary Virginia Marland.
Pioneers & Cowboys
101 Ranch & Wild West Picnic Site
The 101 Ranch site of more than 110,000 acres was home to one of the “largest diversified farm and ranches in America” during the early 1900’s. Established in 1893 by George W. Miller, the ranch eventually was run by his three sons, Joe C., George and Zack. The Miller Brothers added the 101 Ranch Wild West Show which traveled the United States and Europe from 1905 to 1931. Presidents and celebrities from around the world visited the ranch; it was also the site of many early western movies. Although the original buildings are gone, the ranch site offers a roadside picnic area as well as 3 interpretive informational podium signs. Cowboy hill is the burial site of Colonel Zack Miller, as well as others form the ranch. Monument Hill is home to a 15 foot tall cairn, dedicated to Chief White Eagle of the Ponca Tribe. It is also the burial spot of the original bulldogger, Bill Pickett.
101 Ranch Collection
The lower level of Marland's Grand Home houses memorabilia from the world-famous 101 Ranch.
Pioneer Women Museum & Statue
Pioneer Woman Statue & Museum showcases the stories of Oklahoma’s pioneering women and their influence on the development of the state and nation, preserving their legacy of contributions to Oklahoma. “Confident,” the world-famous 17 ft. tall bronze statue commemorating the women of Oklahoma is prominently featured on the museum’s 14 acre grounds. Year round events and programs are offered at the museum along with special exhibits.
Standing Bear Museum and Statue
The Standing Bear Museum and Education Center is a uniquely designed building that creatively defines a space set aside to honor the Native American culture in the Ponca City community. It houses the museum, education center, art gallery and administrative offices. A permanent arbor, located just west of the memorial park, is home to the annual Standing Bear Pow Wow held each September. A magnificent 22-foot bronze statue stands ready to welcome visitors to the park, where a small pond and island, trees and native grasses create a beautiful pastoral setting. To the north of the statue, on a winding path nestled among the trees, are the tribal viewing courts. They tell a story of the people, ceremonies and events that are of greatest importance to each of the six area tribes: the Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee Ponca, and Tonkawa. Standing Bear Park has a network of trails that provides opportunities for walking, jogging, skating or bicycling. With walking trails on the memorial side of the park and active use trails in the greenbelt, it’s possible to put together a route that ranges from .5 miles to over 3 miles.
Ponca Military Academy Collection
Established in 1940 by the late Colonel William V. Cox and his wife, Blanche, Ponca Military Academy stood for 34 years as an institution dedicated to the growth and advancement of young men. With 150 students enrolled in its peak years, the PMA played a big part in helping educate not only young men from Oklahoma, but throughout the country.
Erected as a tribute to all Veterans and to honor Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, this POW/MIA Monument was completed and dedicated in September 2006. It was purchased and installed by the Northern Oklahoma Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 750 and donated to the City of Ponca City, who maintains the monument and surrounding grounds.