Introduction to Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee, Oklahoma, in Pottawatomie county, is 27 miles E of Midwest City, Oklahoma and 34 miles E of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city is conveniently located inside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. There are an estimated 28,692 people in Shawnee.
The first settlers of Shawnee were the Sac, Fox, Shawnee, Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians. The first post office and trading post were established in 1876. The area was permanently settled on September 22, 1891. The Choctaw Railroad first entered the city in 1895. With the onset of Oklahoma oil boom, rapid development of Shawnee occurred in the 1920s.
Shawnee and nearby Attractions
- Shawnee Family History Center
- Lake Thunderbird State Park
- Woody Guthrie House
Things To Do In Shawnee
There are many parks and open spaces in Shawnee, including the Rose Garden Park, Woodland Park, Milstead Park, Chasteen Park, Redbud Park and Larchmiller Park. The Potawatomi Tribal Museum and the Santa Fe Depot Museum provide insight into the history of this area. The Shawnee Country Club offers provisions for golfing. Local festivals include the Farming Heritage Festival, Santa Fe Days Festival, the Midwest Bluegrass Festival, the Shawnee Western Fair and the Pottawatomie County Free Fair.
Air transportation is available from Will Rogers World Airport, located nearby.
Shawnee Higher Education
Oklahoma Baptist University, Gordon Cooper Technology Center and Saint Gregory’s University are the local institutions of higher education.