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Originally part of the Cherokee Outlet, Pawnee county lies between the Cimarron River on the south and the Arkansas River on the north. The lands were opened to settlement by lottery in 1892, and the county was designated County "Q." Later the name was changed to honor the Skidi Pawnee Indians who located here in the 19th century.

At statehood, the county was created with an area slightly larger than Pawnee County, Oklahoma Territory. The county is primarily noted for agriculture and cattle. Today, Keystone Lake and the Pawnee Bill Museum in Pawnee, the county seat, are major tourist attractions along with Lone Chimney Lake south of Pawnee.

The major manufacturing company is Columbia Windows. Two newspapers, the Pawnee Chief and the Cleveland American, and two hospitals, Pawnee Municipal Hospital and Cleveland Hospital, serve the county. The Burlington Northern Railroad and the Cimarron Turnpike provide ready access to the county.



Recreational Opportunities

Recreational opportunities abound in Pawnee County. Some of these, like the Pawnee Bill Ranch and the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show are tourist attractions. Others, like the hunting and fishing, are enjoyed more by those persons lucky enough to live here year round.

A few of the annual tourist events include the Stream Engine Show, the Wild West Show and the Pawnee Tribe's PowWow, one of the oldest and best known in the nation.

Hallett Motor Racing is a premier Racing and Driving School. It attracts many celebrities who learn to drive for such reasons as starring roles in movies.

Lake Keystone on the East of Kaw Lake on the West are well know for their recreational enjoyment. A yachting club on Lake Keystone holds an annual regatta.


Pawnee County Statisitics

Location: Pawnee County is in northeastern Oklahoma.

The average precipitation is 45.6 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 40.6 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 79.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

County Seat
: Pawnee - population 1,688

Distances: Pawnee to: Tulsa - 55 miles;
Enid - 69 miles; Bartlesville - 74 miles

Land Area: 595 square miles.

2000 County Population: 16,612

Labor Force within 30 Miles: 114,200