Introduction to Ponca City, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma, in Kay county, is 69 miles S of Wichita, Kansas.
Ponca City History
Ponca City was founded by Burton Barnes in 1893. Barnes was the first to survey the city and was also elected as the first mayor of Ponca City. The Ponca Indians originally inhabited this region. The area was initially served by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
Ponca City and nearby Attractions
- Hartford Shopping Center
- Ponca City Art Center
- Pioneer Woman Museum
- Cann Botanical Gardens
- Ponca City Cultural Center and Museums
- Marland Mansion
Things To Do In Ponca City
The Ponca City Cultural Center and Museum, the Pioneer Woman Museum and the Marland Mansion provide insights into the area’s history. The Sun 'n Fun Water Park is also a notable destination. The Pioneer Shopping Center, the Hartford Square Shopping Center and the West Grant Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The Garfield Park, Frazier Park, Lake Ponca Park and Sunset Park provide amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. Local festivals include the Fine Arts Festival, Oktoberfest, the Blues-4-Food Music Festival, the Iris Festival, the Standing Bear Powwow and Kaw Fest.
Ponca City Transportation
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the nearest major airport.
Ponca City Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are available from Cowley County Community College, Langston University and Oklahoma State University.