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Oklahomans step back in time at state parks

Anisa’s Country Adventures

Many locals know of Roman Nose State Park in Watonga, many others around the state do not. Having grown up here in Oklahoma, not even I knew of Roman Nose until I began working in Blaine and Kingfisher Counties.

A consummate advocate for such things as wildlife sanctuaries, state parks, and other resources that I deem vital for future generations, this presented itself as an important topic for conversation.

Roman Nose State Park was name for Chief Henry Caruthers Roman Nose, a Southern Cheyenne who lived in the area from 1887 until his death there in 1917. Born in 1856, his given name was Woquini (pronounced Wah-kin-e), meaning Hook Nose in his native tongue. He was born into a world full of war with the Pawnees as well as upheaval from the white man encroaching on tribal lands. The discoveries of gold and prime farming land on tribal lands did not help to stem the flow of the white man, and over time, these disruptions led to a great deal of bloodshed and suffering.

In addition to the Native American heritage boasted by the park, it also offers more in regard to historical importance. When the west was forged, this area was essential for travel routes that brought railroads, wagon trains, overhead telegraph lines and more through tribal lands.



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