About Ponca City
Founded in the late 1800s, as a result of the famed “Cherokee Outlet Land Run,” Ponca City became a center for oil production and refining, a regional commercial and medical center, and the focus for numerous cultural and recreational activities. The City was home to E.W. Marland, the founder of Marland Oil and the tenth governor of Oklahoma, and continued its growth based on the presence of several oil industry related businesses. Conoco Oil,now Phillips 66, eventually absorbed Marland Oil and is still a major presence in the community today.
The Jewel on the Prairie
Ponca City is often referred to as the “Jewel on the Prairie” - It is a place where visitors can view period buildings, homes, and mansions listed on the National Historic Registry; participate in annual events and festivals such as Oktoberfest, Herb Festival, Draggin’ Grand, Festival of Angels, and 101 Ranch Rodeo; experience everything from Broadway dance performers to legendary country music artists at the Poncan Theatre; and visit the highly acclaimed museums of the Marland Mansion and Estate
, the Marland’s Grand Home
, the Pioneer Woman Museum
, the Conoco History Museum
, and the Standing Bear Native American Museum
. Six Native American tribal cultures are represented in the region, including the Kaw, Osage, Pawnee, Ponca, Tonkawa, and Otoe-Missouria tribes. Old West enthusiasts can even visit nearby monuments and venues, such as the former home base of the world famous 101 Ranch Wild West Show.
Ponca City (population 25,387) is located approximately 90 miles north of Oklahoma City and is almost an equal distance south of Wichita, Kansas and northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma. While close to the amenities of several major metropolitan areas, Ponca City offers the relaxed, less stressful and friendly lifestyle of a smaller community. Safe and well kept neighborhoods, high quality affordable housing, outstanding public education, and recreational facilities all characterize the community. There are over 18 miles of shoreline and beaches off the adjacent Arkansas River and two lakes. The Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center - YMCA add's to the city’s already impressive array of recreation facilities, which includes two 18-hole golf courses and 28 beautiful city parks.
Education & Training
One of the finest industry training programs in the world is also based in Ponca City. The Pioneer Technology Center provides businesses with flexible, relevant programs that meet the needs of today’s economy. This unique, mobile program has drawn national attention, while providing businesses and students a fast track to success. The community is an easy forty-minute commute to Oklahoma State University, one of the nation’s premier emerging research universities. This exciting Big Twelve campus provides a focal point for the region’s economy, not to mention world-class educational, athletic, and cultural events. The University Center also brings college degree programs from other institutions to Ponca City. It provides bachelor through graduate degree programs from accredited universities.
Ponca City offers an abundance of great retail shops and restaurants, with many dining establishments listed among the best places to eat in Oklahoma. The City of Ponca City has an “open for business” attitude when working with business and industry and is committed to working with you to create a business climate that makes sense when investing in our community. The community reflects its rich historic past, but is focused on the future. Major downtown redevelopment and area-wide economic development efforts are based on public-private partnerships and a spirit of mutual cooperation. The rich cultural programs, genuine friendliness of residents, and the progressive outlook of local government make Ponca City a unique and surprisingly delightful place in which to live and work.
As you can imagine, our residents enjoy a quality of life that is second to none! Your stay in Ponca City, whether on vacation or while making it your home – will be the experience of a lifetime.
Homer Nicholson, Mayor