Pawhuska, located in the heart of the beautiful Osage Hills, combines the western world of the cowboy rancher with the Native American traditions of the Osage Nation. Pawhuska is the Gateway to the Tallgrass Prairie and home of the Osage Nation. 

     Begin your visit by learning more about the Osage at the Osage Tribal Museum which serves as a repository for an extensive collection of Osage artifacts and photographs.  Arrange a tour of the Osage Tribal Council House, a working tribal government.

     Visit the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church known as the Cathedral of the Osage.  Hear the story of these remarkable stained-glass windows crafted in Munich, Germany in the early 1900s.  Two of the windows are unlike any found in the world.  The most famous depicts the introduction of Catholicism to the Osage and received special dispensation from the Vatican.  Another shows Columbus being greeted by Native Americans.

     Original artwork abounds, including several major bronze sculptures that grace the historic downtown.  Don’t miss the work of area artists featured at the Osage County Art Gallery on Main Street.  Pawhuska’s downtown historic district contains the Blacksmith House, the oldest building in northeast Oklahoma and the nostalgic Constantine Theater built in the 1880s.  Visit the Historical Society Museum and learn about America’s first Boy Scout troop founded in Pawhuska in May 1909.

    Pawhuska also is the gateway to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  This 36,000 acres is one of the main attractions of the area drawing guests from all fifty states and many foreign countries.  Approximately 1,600 Bison roam freely on the 10,500 acres.

    Pawhuska also is known as the unofficial capital of America’s steer roping and the hometown of Academy Award winning actor, the late Ben Johnson.

     Whether you’d like to sleep under a blanket of stars or in a fine B&B, visit Pawhuska in the heart of the Osage hills. For more information phone the Pawhuska Chamber at 918-287-1208 or go to their website at

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April 23, 2017
10:29 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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