There's a cool town along the Chisholm Trail that merits more than a drive-by. Duncan, Oklahoma is one happenin' cityn that is the most
family friendly place I've ever been to.
Duncan, named for William Duncan, began its life in 1892 after the aforementioned William founded a town to welcome the Rock Island
Railroad. Though the site had been a trading post for cattle drivers as well as suppliers to Forts Reno and Sill, Duncan really took off
after statehood. And it's been bustling since - native son Erle P. Halliburton founded his self-named company in 1919, which still thrives
today as a major employer, city benefactor, and Washington insider in the body of a pasty bald guy. Speaking of bald guys... Duncan is
also home to director Ron Howard, known to us all as Opie Taylor, Richie Cunningham, and the director of empowering movies like A
Duncan is understandably proud of its illustrious past. The city is laid out beautifully, with clean streets and numerous parks. One of its
gems is the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, a great museum with an impressive life-size bronze statue of a cattle drive. The museum also
has a really cool interactive theater - without giving too much away, all I can say is that you might get a little wet!
|The cattle trail statue by the museum is a great photo opportunity
|Duncan lies smack-dab on the Chisholm Trail. There are even ruts visible! It lies north
east of Lawton on US 81, or just click on the map:
|Oil, Opie, and Bovine: Duncan, Oklahoma