Yukon, Oklahoma, located just 20 minutes west of Oklahoma City, is worth a visit. The town is named after the Yukon River in Canada and Alaska and is a Native name meaning Big River.
Here, you'll find an abundance of activities to check out while you're there, including picturesque parks and trails, historic museums, and Czech settler history. You'll enjoy the railroad museum, get your kicks on Route 66, and visit some Clydesdale draft horses. In October, the big Czech heritage festival is a draw for visitors.
Visit Yukon's Museums
The city of Yukon features several options for history lovers.
- Yukon's Best Railroad Museum, located on 3rd and Main and open by appointment, features vintage train cars.
- The Yukon Farm Museum, at 3rd and Cedar, has historic tractors and equipment.
- The Yukon Historical Society Museum and Art Center (601 Oak Street) features a replica of businesses on Main Street and a complete history of the town as well as performances by the Stage Door Theatre group.
- The Yukon Veteran's Museum, located at 1012 W Main Street, is a place where local veterans have put together collections from several world wars, the Korean War, and more recent international conflicts. It is open 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and other times by appointment.
Yukon is known as the Czech capital of Oklahoma. The annual Oklahoma Czech Festival, celebrating the Czech heritage of the area, is held on the first Saturday of October. Thousands turn out to get a taste of Czech culture including food, music, dancing, traditional costumes, and gift items and crafts from the Czech Republic. The customs and foods you will experience have been handed down through the generations from Czech settlers who came to the area.
The Czech festival starts at 10 a.m. with one of the state’s largest parades on Main Street in Yukon. Afterward, at Czech Hall, there is family-friendly entertainment including polka music and dancing, carnival rides, and an arts and crafts show. Enjoy Czech pastries and sandwiches.
Year-round, Czech Hall, built in 1901, is a social center and meeting place hosting everything from lodge meetings and parties to Czech plays, Czech language classes, and polka dances.
See the Historic Downtown Along Route 66
The city of Yukon began in the late 1800s and has plenty to offer in historic areas. Located along the iconic Route 66, downtown Yukon is home to a number of shops and restaurants and historic homes of the original town founders.
Route 66 was aligned through Yukon in 1926 and was Yukon's main thoroughfare drawing people to the business district. When I-40 was constructed further south, like other places along Route 66, fewer travelers came through the little town.
Learn About Area History at the Mollie Spencer Farm
The Mollie Spencer Farm, formerly named the Kirkpatrick Family Farm, is a 33-acre estate that was established in the late 1800s. The property was originally purchased in 1894 by Mollie Spencer, whose husband, L. M. Spencer, and brother-in-law, A. N. Spencer founded the town of Yukon in 1891. The farm, located on the original Chisholm Trail, hosts numerous community events throughout the year, such as the Easter celebration and the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival. The farm is not open to the general public outside of regularly-scheduled events hosted at the farm.
Stroll Chisholm Trail Park
Of the many Yukon-area city parks, Chisholm Trail is a must-visit. In addition to being one of the best places to walk and run in the metro area, thanks to its scenic boot-shaped path, Chisholm Trail Park is the site for annual events such as Yukon's Concerts in the Park series and the Freedom Fest July Fourth celebration. It also has several pavilions and a look-out point.
Experience the Yukon BMX Raceway
Operated by the Yukon Parents and Riders Association, the Yukon BMX Raceway is located at Taylor Park Sports Complex on 11th Street. Spectators can watch any race for free, and first-time riders can try out the track for free as well. Even experienced riders can learn more about racing during the BMX race season which runs from January 1 to December 15 each year.
Robert Funk Jr. bought eight rare Clydesdale horses in the mid-1990s and brought them to a ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma. They became quite popular, and now the ranch has 40 of the majestic creatures that appear at events across the nation, including the Oklahoma State Fair.
Head four miles north of I-40 on Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon to visit the Express Clydesdales Barn. This specially-reconstructed barn was originally built in 1936. Amish barn specialists came from Indiana to rebuild the barn's structure and it now serves as a showroom and barn for the horses. You'll see the wagon the Clydesdales pull, elaborate harnesses, trophies, and information about the horses. There's also a welcome center and gift shop.