Believe it or not, Oklahoma had its own gold rush back in the day.

There are rumors of gold and treasure persisting across the entire state. From the Northeast river country to the SWOK Wichita Mountains, Robber Cave, Aztec gold, etc... There are no shortages of tall tales about gold in the Sooner State, and there's a little truth to all of them.

Being a historical land of rivers, gold is easily found in almost every waterway here in Oklahoma. Whether or not someone will find the Aztec gold the conquistadors stashed away in Northern Oklahoma is still up in the clouds.

While Oklahoma was never known for gold, even though thousands passed through looking for it.  You see, there are no natural native lakes in Oklahoma. Zero. But there are a ton of rivers and waterways through the plains, and those that came seeking gold in Southwest Oklahoma did so in what is now the refuge.

Odds are, if you've ever hiked around the Parallel Forest, you've come across the ruins of our mini-gold rush. The circular rock pit everyone claims is some sort of satanic or coven altar is more likely a tool old-timers used to process rock in their search for gold... At least that's a more logical rumor, but there was something much more valuable than gold in these hills.


The real value of Oklahoma was fur.

Beavers were the currency long before America revolted in the name of liberty. Of those numerous outposts, there is only one known surviving undisturbed French trading post left within our borders, operated from 1725-1750. Unfortunately, it's not legally accessible by anyone still to this day.

It's tucked away in the middle of nowhere in North Central Oklahoma between Kaw Lake and a county road. The government had a tall fence put around the property when little treasures were found decades ago, and they tend to come down on people who trespass with the entire weight of federal law.

All the same, if you were to slip in and out, it would be cool to see what lies beyond the fence as there are zero videos available online for the Deer Creek Site location.

The Wonders of Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle

Often called the Grand Canyon of Texas, it's easy to feel small when surrounded by the towering land. Palo Duro offers stellar hiking and biking, camping, and even cabins to plan more of a family or lovers getaway. Explore it on foot, on wheels, on horses, etc... Cap off the day with an authentic taqueria meal in Amarillo, if you can stand the smell. They don't call it "Cow Town" for nothing...

Oklahoma's Best Places To Learn About Native Cultures

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Lake Altus-Lugert and SWOK's Underwater Ghost Town

Like most rare things, conditions have to be just right to see one of Oklahoma's hidden gems. In years of good and average rainfall, the lost town of Lugert stays buried beneath the waves... but in dry years, especially those stricken by drought, you can walk around this pre-statehood townsite while enjoying one of Oklahoma's prettiest areas, Quartz Mountain State Park.

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