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  • Day trippin': OK a trip to Oklahoma!

  • Miami, Oklahoma, is a good place to find a variety of adventures to enjoy. Tripping to the northeast corner of Oklahoma will put about 160 miles on the odometer one way.
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  • Miami, Oklahoma, is a good place to find a variety of adventures to enjoy. Tripping to the northeast corner of Oklahoma will put about 160 miles on the odometer one way.
    The old downtown is home to a nice selection of shops sitting on the old Route 66 of days gone by.
    The 1,600 seat Coleman Theater was built in 1929 by lead mining millionaire George Coleman, and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Miami.
    The elegant interior includes gold leaf trim, silk damask panels, stained glass panels, marble accents, a carved mahogany staircase, Wurlitzer pipe organ, decorative plaster moldings, and bronze railings.
    In 1983, the Coleman Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.
    Admission is free. Throughout the years, the theater has never closed. Imagine looking at the stage on which Will Rogers and Tom Mix once performed.
    Miami, pronounced "My-am-uh," or “my-AM-ee”, was named after the Miami Native Americans. By the late 1800s, settlers were offered the opportunity to purchase lots in the area.
    Dobson Museum offers visitors a look at thousands of historical items, including Indian artifacts, china, glassware, early setter, and mining exhibits. Visitors will find the museum at 110 A. Street SW, near the downtown area. For more information or to schedule group tours, call 918-540-1404.
    The Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum is located at the edge of downtown at 128 South Main Street. Call 918-542-6170 for more information. Open year-round the museum displays vintage motorcycles and the Evel Knievel Exhibit.
    One of Miami’s historic homes is the Gordon House Owned and restored by the Miami Tribe, the house was built in 1917 by Tribal Member Emma Gordon.
    Their wealth grew from mining royalties of the Emma Gordon mine.
    The area even has its own “unexplained phenomenon.”
    The Spook light has been attracting visitors since 1866. The Army Corps of Engineers officially concluded that it was a "mysterious light of unknown origin."
    The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is one of three federally-recognized Shawnee tribes of the historic Shawnee Nation.
    The pow-wow season begins in March. Events are scheduled throughout the season. Oklahoma is home to several Native American Tribes including the Shawnee, Miami, Modoc, Ottawa, Peoria, Quapaw Seneca/Cayuga, and the Wyandotte.
    In nearby Commerce, the boyhood home of Mickey Mantle can be viewed from the outside and you can walk in the yard and near the barn where Mickey once threw baseballs with his family.
    Visitors may peek through the windows and see the way the home looked as it was years ago. The house is located at 319 South Quincy Street.
    Page 2 of 2 - South of Miami is Grand Lake O' The Cherokees. Created in 1940, it is one of the most popular lakes in the Midwest.
    Enjoying the plains of Miami is well worth the trip!
    Include time to visit several of the towns along the journey.
    Visitors of all ages will find fun things to do to make the journey an adventure.
     

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