Fairfax, on State Highway 18 south of Ponca City, was founded in 1903 in the southwestern section of the Osage Indian Reservation, now known as Osage County.  It was started when the Santa Fe Railway came through this section and a group of traders saw the advantage of having their town on a railroad.  Fairfax offers small-town living, but both Ponca City and Pawhuska are within easy reach.

There are many historic buildings still standing in Fairfax, many of which are on both the Oklahoma, and the Nationl Historic Registers. These include the old Jackson Insurance Building, now the Flowers and Things; the Woodland High School Auditorium; Osage County shop building; Fairfax City Hall, and the former First State Bank building.  The Tallchief Theatre is also being refurbished at this time.

Fairfax offers a beautiful five-acre city park with lots of trees for shade, and a boating facility on the lake. There is another city park in town, and also a nine-hole golf course.

Maria Tallchief, universally recognized as America's first great prima ballerina, was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma, of Scotch, Irish, and American Indian descent. Maria and Marjorie (also a noted ballerina) Tallchief were raised on the Osage Reservation in a10-room terra-cotta brick home. The Tallchief home and several buildings built by the Alexander Joseph Tallchief (including the local theatre) still stand today.

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May 25, 2017
1:45 am US/Central


55º F

Current Conditions:

Thu - Sunny, High: 82
Fri - Thunderstorms, High: 86

High Water

As of 17 May, the Kaw Lake level is just above 25 feet above normal at the 1035 elevation and the lake level is falling.  Most of the campgrounds and boat ramps are closed and unavailable for public use due to the high lake levels.  If you have campsite reservations or were planning on coming to Kaw Lake in the near future we suggest you log on to the Corps of Engineers website at www.swt.usace.army.mil for up to the minute facility closure on Kaw Lake, current flood gate settings and discharge.  

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