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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April 23, 2017
10:26 pm US/Central


64º F

Current Conditions:

Sun - Sunny, High: 68
Mon - Sunny, High: 75

Focus On Fishing

Hey Kids, the annual Focus on Fishing event will be held at Northern Oklahoma College Cove on Kaw Lake on May 13, 2017.  Northern Oklahoma College Cove is located on the west side of Kaw City, Ok just south of state Hwy 11.  There will be food, fun and fishing all morning long so plan now to attend this fun event.  More details will be posted on this web site as they come available or you can contact the Kaw Lake Assn at 580-762-9494.

Campgrounds Open

Major camping areas at Kaw Lake are now open and overnight campsites are available.  Beginning 1 April contract gate attendants and the National Recreation Reservation System will be available at Sarge Creek, Coon Creek, Osage Cove and Washunga Bay.  The Kaw Lake Assn invites you to come and enjoy some fabulous spring camping at beautiful Kaw Lake. Spring crappie and sand bass fishing as well as spring turkey hunting is some of the best anywhere.  


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