Special Attractions
   
  Alabaster Caverns
 

Located just six miles south of Freedom is "Nature’s Underground Wonderland".  Alabaster Caverns is the nation's largest publicly held gypsum cave which is open to visitors.  It is 3/4 of a mile long and descends several hundred feet below the earth's surface.  Nature began creating Alabaster Caverns some 200 million years ago when the area was covered by an inland sea.  The history of the Old West is alive in the Freedom area, and the caves served as hide-outs for outlaws prior to settlement.  Today, guided tours are conducted daily and thousands of visitors can view massive boulders of alabaster and selenite as they wind their way through the cave.  The average temperature in the caverns is fifty degrees year-round.

The park also boasts R.V. and primitive camping facilities, hiking, wild-life viewing and other outdoor recreational activities.  Special events are scheduled through-out the year, and visitors should call the park office for up-coming activities.  The web-site also offers current information about the park.  For more information call:  580-621-3381 or www.oklahomaparks.com  or www.shopoklahoma.com/alabaste.htm

 
 

Selman Living Laboratory

  The Selman Living Laboratory is a field station administered by the Department of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma.  The Selman Living Laboratory promotes research and education in the biology of western ecosystems, cave biology, astronomy, and archaeology through hands-on experience.  For more information and to learn about "Bat Watch Tours" and "Star-Gazing on the Prairie" go to http://www.uco.edu/cms/sll/
 
 

Freedom Depot and Community Arboretum

  The Freedom Depot is home to the Freedom Chamber of Commerce and is an original Santa Fe Railroad Depot.  Visitors to the area can learn about area attractions and enjoy a short walk around the arboretum located at the Depot site.  Great photography opportunities can be found at the Depot, which is located on highway 50 at the south edge of town.  The Cimarron River and red bluffs provide a fantastic backdrop for all kinds of scenic photos.  Take a few moments while visiting Freedom to stop in at the Depot to learn more about this tiny town and the great wildlife viewing opportunities which abound here.  Contact the Freedom Chamber of Commerce at 580-621-3276 for more information.
 
  Freedom Jail
  The Jail-House is located at the east end of Main Street.  It is housed in the community's original well-house.   Visitors can stage great "Old-West" photos on the porch and the adjoining "outlaw" cemetery.
 
 

Freedom Museum

 

The Freedom Museum, located on Main Street, is a stopping point for thousands of visitors from around the country.  The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of late 1800s and early 1900s house-wares and memorabilia.  Antique farm machinery and a large barbed wire display are also on display.  Artifacts from the Burnham Dig, an archaeological site located northwest of Freedom, can also be seen.  For more information or hours of operation call 580-621-3276

 
 

Cimarron Cowboys Monument

  Located in the downtown park, this fifteen foot long red granite monument was erected by the people of Freedom to commemorate the old cowhands who helped to settle the Cherokee Strip.  It is inscribed with the names of persons who made their contribution before, as well as after this rugged grazing country was opened to homesteaders.  Maps and drawings of the region are chiseled in the stone which portray the early day cowboy and the environment in which he worked and loved so well.
 
 

Veterans’ Memorial

  Located at the corner of Main Street and Eagle Pass, the Veterans Memorial lists the hundreds of names of area veterans from the Freedom area who have served in the United States' military since World War I.  Freedom residents erected the monument as part of the community's downtown beautification program
 
  Freedom PRCA Rodeo and Old Cowhand Reunion
  Freedom's pride and joy is its annual rodeo held the third week-end of August each year.  Formerly billed as " The Biggest Open Rodeo in the West ", and now a PRCA professional rodeo, this event has been drawing fans and contestants from all across the nation for nearly 75 years.  It is a volunteer effort on behalf of the Freedom Chamber of Commerce and the entire community.  The people of Freedom make every effort to extend a friendly and neighborly welcome to all who attend this three day gala celebration.  It includes every major event in the sport of rodeo ranging from Girl's Barrel Racing to the Wild Bull Riding and combines professional action with hometown color and style.  Dances are held each night following the rodeo, and feature some of the best country musicians around to insure a foot stompin' good time.  Saturday of rodeo week-end features a free chuck wagon style dinner at noon, a fine western art and country crafts show as well as the "Great Freedom Bank-Robbery and Shoot-Out".  The Old West setting of Freedom's Main Street provides the perfect backdrop to all of the rodeo activities.  For more information, contact the Freedom Chamber of Commerce at 580-621-3276.

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  Salt Haulers Grave
  On September 12, 1878, the bodies of Reuben Bristow and Fred Clark were found near here. It was believed that they had been killed by Northern Cheyenne Indians led by Chief Dull Knife. Bristow and Clark were cowboys hauling salt for The Comanche Pool Cattle Company when Dull Knife fled harsh conditions on the reservation near Fort Reno. The Salt Haulers were probably killed for their mule team and firearms. The two cowboys apparently crossed the path of the Cheyenne during their desperate flight home to the Northern Plains.
 
  The Battle of Turkey Springs and Red Hills
  The last armed conflict between the U.S. Cavalry and American Indians, in Indian Territory, present day Oklahoma, occurred on September 13 and 14, 1878. A band of Northern Cheyenne left the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency near Fort Reno without permission and fled north and westward toward their former homelands on the Northern Plains. This exodus has known popularity as the Cheyenne Outbreak or Dull Knife's Raid. However, the Northern Cheyenne people were merely attempting to return to their home in Montana and Wyoming.
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