Enid, population 47,000, grew overnight during an 1893 land rush when the area known as Cherokee Strip was opened for settlement. The city flourished as a railroad hub in the 1920s. The city's economy is now mainly agriculture-, oil-, and military-based. Visitors will often hear jets overhead from Vance Air Force Base, located south of Enid.
Enid is a cultural town with a semi-pro symphony, community theatre group, jazz and concert bands, and variety of historical venues. The Museum of the Cherokee Strip preserves Native American and land run artifacts from Enid's past. At Humphrey Heritage Village, visitors can tour the town's original land-claims office, oldest church, and one-room schoolhouse. Northwest of Enid, Homesteader's Sod House is an original example of sod housing used in pioneer life. For kids, Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse and Adventure Quest provides indoor and outdoor hands-on art and science activities.
For additional entertainment, the city offers professional basketball, auto racing, and several wineries. Seven private and public golf courses offer driving ranges and 9- and 18-hole greens.
Enid is located 85 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and 120 miles west of Tulsa. It is accessible via U.S. Highways 64/412 and 60/64. Lodging options include hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts.