Medicine Park OK Homes and Community
Medicine Park is a resort and town just outside Lawton, OK and Fort Sill. A little over one hundred years old, the town was begun by then Oklahoma State Senator Elmer Thomas. His intention was to found a resort in addition to a water resource for nearby Lawton. Over a period of years, he and a friend quietly bought up 900 acres on which to build the town. Medicine Park took its name from the Native American belief in the healing virtues of Medicine Creek and the cobblestones used to build the town. Fewer than 400 people call Medicine Park home.
Medicine Park History
Medicine Park is a historic area. Not far away lay the Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Lake Lawtonka. Against this backdrop, Thomas and his friend built two dams in Medicine Creek. This created Bath Lake, whose surrounds were transformed into a botanical garden for tourists. The Bath Lake “Swimmin’ Hole” and gardens drew such personalities as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Al Capone, Will Rogers, Wiley Post and Bonnie and Clyde, among other famous names. These in addition to the rich, famous and ordinary citizens rubbed elbows in the chic new tourist town.
Medicine Park OK Community Information
Medicine Park consists of many of the original cobblestone buildings (constructed from native materials), retail shops, an ice cream and candy store, art galleries, restaurants and lodging. Surrounding this is the Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Medicine Creek and Bath Lake swimming area, Medicine Park Trail (a scenic walk along the creek), Lake Lawtonka and Lake Drive ( a scenic drive along the lake). Definitely don’t miss the waterfalls on Medicine Creek. Medicine Park is known for its proximity to over 15 blue water lakes in which fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are practiced by tourists. Campgrounds are many.
Medicine Park is home to events such as yoga, fitness and wellness classes. Music festivals all year round include The Mayor’s Blues Ball, Rockin’ the Park, Native American Flute and blue grass. The Spirit of Survival Marathon is organized by the Comanche County Hospital and is run through town and the refuge park. Also, don’t miss the Old Plantation House, an original cobblestone building which began life as the Outside Inn and is now a famed restaurant. Medicine Park may be a resort town, but it has a small town aura in a beautiful setting.