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Where History and Culture Merge

Travelers have always played a big role in the life of Elk City.  First came the Texas cattlemen in the late 1800s, who drove their herds through the future town up into Kansas. Then the Choctaw Railroad extended its line out to the budding settlement six years before Oklahoma statehood. A few years later came the glory days of U.S....

Forging Ahead from Antiquity

Books, videos and lectures on blacksmithing can only go so far. Those practicing this ancient, sophisticated, highly technical craft say you have to learn by doing. “Don’t be shy; get involved,” says Byron Doner, an officer with the Saltfork Craftsmen Artist Blacksmith Association. “You sure will learn faster.” The nonprofit educational organization, which promotes this fiery mixture of art and trade,...