Few places are as diverse in landscape, culture and history as Osage County and Pawhuska, Oklahoma. From the wooded rolling hills of Osage Hills State Park to the sweeping vistas and grandeur of the Tallgrass Prairie, it's a scenery like no other in Oklahoma.
Pawhuska's history is entwined with the Native American Culture of the great Osage Nation, Cowboy Traditions and the boom/bust of Oil Kings.
From the doorsteps of Pawhuska, you can be in the middle of all this in minutes. It's really an incredible feeling to wake up in the morning in a town so rich in history and be in the middle of a bison herd at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve before breakfast. An hour later you can find yourself watching cowboy day workers going about their business on one of the many ranches in the area. Need more? Pawhsuka is the center of the Osage Nation's rich past. The Osage Tribal Museum and Osage County Historical Museum help bring this all to life as you explore the home of the nation's first Boy Scout Troop, a shrine to St. Kateri or just the beautiful scenery itself.
Why the 'Gateway to the REAL Wild West'? Few places in the United States can boast of so much 'western' culture as Pawhuska and the Osage. 'Outsiders' often refer to the area as Osage County, or Osage Nation, but for those of us who live and love life here, it's just 'The Osage'. Come visit us and let us tell you the stories of our rich past..the stories of 'The Osage'.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery