E.W. Marland moved to Ponca City in 1908 and built an oil empire. It’s estimated he owned one-tenth of the world’s oil reserves before leaving the oil industry to become first a U.S. Congressman, then the 10th governor of Oklahoma. Marland’s Grand Home was built from 1914 to 1916 and featured technology many had never seen. The Marland family enjoyed a central vacuuming system, an automatic dishwasher and the first indoor swimming pool built in Oklahoma. Visitors here will enjoy strolling the restored rooms alongside an assortment of exhibits showcased in the Grand Home. The home now houses Marland Family Read more […]
Welcome to the home of E.W. Marland. The Marland story is fascinating and his home is an architectural wonder. It was designed and constructed as a showplace for pieces of fine art and in the process, it became a masterpiece in its own right. As you tour through this site, we’ll show you the mansion and tell you the Marland story. You’ll learn about the Marland family, the industry that made it all possible, and the “oil boom-town” that rose from it all, Ponca City, Oklahoma.
101 Ranch – A National Historic Landmark, this picnic area commemorates the 101 Ranch which was home to the hundreds of participants in the famous 101 Wild West Show. This show, which traveled throughout the world in the 1920s, featured sharp shooters, trick riders, ropers and Indians in full regalia. The ranch stretched over four counties and covered 101,000 acres – hence the name – south of Ponca City in the early 1900s. The self contained ranch had its own tannery, dairy, ice plant, electric power plant, cannery, cider mill, and 25,000 long-horn steer. They even had their own money! Read more […]
The Conoco Museum in Ponca City Oklahoma celebrates the history of Conoco Inc., from its beginnings as a kerosene distributor through to becoming an international energy empire. The petroleum industry has shaped Ponca City and Conoco has played a significant part in this. When Conoco merged with Phillips Petroleum in 2002 to become ConocoPhillips, the new company commissioned two museums (one in each city) to tell the stories of each company up to the point of merger. This museum is not just of the company but of the people who created the company, and therefore also the city. These museums, Read more […]