Oklahoma

An airlift and refueling Air Force Base, with a training program for the same. Flies big transport aircraft, such as the C-5 and C-141, and the KC-135 tanker. Located on 4,113 acres at the southwest corner of Oklahoma, the base has around 4,000 employees.
A museum about the Arkansas River, and the multi-billion dollar waterway engineering project that opened the landlocked city of Tulsa up to commercial barge shipping. In 1971, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System opened, composed of 450 miles of...

Just after the panhandle connects to the pan of Oklahoma, near the town of Freedom, is Cargill Salt’s solar production plant. It is one of only a few places in the country where salt is produced in large quantities by solar evaporation – most salt that is...

Though the refineries from its boom years earlier in the century are gone, the town of Cushing, northeast of Oklahoma City, is a major storage site for crude oil and gas that comes and goes by pipeline. Cushing also became famous as a trading benchmark for...

At the southeast corner of the Tulsa International Airport is a former aircraft plant once known as Air Force Plant 3, with a ¾ of a mile-long main building. During World War II, it was a production plant for Douglas aircraft bombers, and after the war it was...

Field artillery test and training center for the Army, located on 94,220 acres (147 square miles) in southwestern Oklahoma. Over 20,000 military and civilian workers train around 20,000 military personnel per year.

What has been called the largest McDonalds in the World spans an interstate highway in Oklahoma known as the Will Rogers Turnpike. The first restaurant to operate inside the building was the Glass House, an early chain specializing in highway travel plazas. A...

This plant, located in north central Oklahoma, once made plutonium pellets for nuclear reactor fuel rods. It is famous as the site where Karen Silkwood worked and was exposed to radiation that threatened...

Remoteness from anything but the local is a quality of northwestern Oklahoma, and an attraction for things that support the industries of “away”. Not surprising then to find the Lone Mountain Landfill there, a hazardous waste site operating on a national...

An active Army ammunition manufacture, storage, disposal, and training installation in southeastern Oklahoma. The 45,000-acre installation has over 2,400 explosives magazines, of which around 70% are in use. Much of the operations from Illinois' Savanna Army...

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was destroyed in the 1995 bombing that took 168 lives. A memorial was dedicated in 2000, and includes a reflecting pool on what was once the street where the Ryder truck full of explosives was...

The Port of Catoosa is an industrial park northeast of Tulsa, at the end of a constructed waterway known as the McLellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The system is a re-engineering of the Arkansas River, and portions of other rivers, with dams,...

Oklahoma is sometimes ranked as the largest domestic producer of gypsum, and this facility in northwestern part of the state is one of a few major mines and plants for the material in the state. It is operated by US Gypsum, the largest manufacturer of gypsum...

The northeastern corner of Oklahoma was once the largest lead and zinc mining district in the nation – it said that half the bullets fired by Americans in World War I were made of lead from here. The mines, shut down in the 1960s, undermine the district,...

A 5,000-acre multi-service base, located near Oklahoma City in the middle of Oklahoma, with a variety of functions. Home of the Oklahoma City Air Force Logistics Center (ALC), one of five major aircraft maintenance and supply centers in the Air Force, and...

An unusual park with a dozen brightly painted and sculpted "totem poles" made of concrete. It is the work of Ed Galloway, a former teacher at a nearby orphanage, who retired to this small farm property in 1937. He began work that year on the largest structure...

Tulsa’s Airport is a major maintenance center for civilian aircraft. It is the site of American Airlines’ aircraft maintenance and engineering center, likely the largest aviation maintenance facility in the country. It is the principal facility for the...

Air Force flight training base, using Cessna T-37s and Northrop T-38s to teach the fundamentals of jet flight to about 200 graduating students a year. Around 2,000 employees (most of whom are Northrop service personnel), on a 4,394-acre base in north-central...

Will Rogers Airport, the main airport for Oklahoma City, is the location for the Federal Aviation Administration’s training site for air traffic controllers. The FAA’s campus, called the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, is on the west side of the airport,...