The Canadian County Historical Museum have been recognized as one of Oklahoma’s outstanding museums. The museum is made up of buildings from the old was that have been renovated. Exhibits and artifacts of the town and county’s past are displayed in the old Rock Island Depot and the old El Reno Hotel. The Heritage Express Trolley provides convenience for visitors taking them around to the different sites and into downtown El Reno where visitors can shop and dine.
Recognized as one of Oklahoma’s outstanding museums, the
Canadian County Historical Museum is located in historic Heritage Park. The
museum sits on the 98th Meridian, which was the boundary between the
eastern lands open for settlement and the western lands settled by the Cheyenne
and Arapaho tribes during the Land Run of 1889.
The museum is made up of buildings from the old west. These
buildings have been renovated and are open to the public. Many historically
significant sites can be seen such as a barn, the Darlington Indian Jail, a
church, and the Possum Holler School.
The museum’s memorabilia is displayed in the fully restored
old Rock Island Depot. Here visitors can browse through artifacts from the town’s
past. Visitors can then move on to the Red Cross Canteen which was the first
one in the state. The Red Cross Canteen was built in 1918 and still stands
today. Visitors can then make a stop at General Sheridan’s Headquarters. This
cabin is now the oldest structure in Canadian County.
More of the county’s history is displayed at the old El Reno
Hotel. This hotel is a beautiful two story structure that houses exhibits and
artifacts from the county’s past. The El Reno Hotel also serves as the
beginning and ending boarding stop for the Heritage Express Trolley. This
trolley adds convenience to the visitors experience taking them around to the
different sites and into downtown El Reno where restaurants and shopping are