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10 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit Vinita, Oklahoma This Summer

It may not be a town that initially comes to mind when you think of Oklahoma, but the little town of Vinita is one rich with great history, kind people, and plenty of things to do.

Established in 1871, the first town to have electricity in the state is tied forever to Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers. While he attended Willie Halsell College in his youth, Rogers always held a special place in his heart for this welcoming community. Months before Rogers’ tragic death, he told the people of Vinita to hold a rodeo and he’d be sure to come back to attend. He sadly never made it back, but the good people of Vinita made sure to honor him every year since 1935 with the infamous Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo.

Vinita has also helped produce several American leaders and entertainers. From Dr. Phil McGraw and Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, to Rough Riders who rode with Teddy Roosevelt during the Spanish American War. In fact, it was home to the original Rainbow Chasers (Jack Rorschach, George Schaefer) who lobbied Washington D.C. back in the 1930’s to build the Pensacola Dam which formed Grand Lake.

The town has attracted many visitors from around the world who venture down historic Route 66 and enjoy food at the famously yummy Clanton’s Café. Vinita has a great history in the state of Oklahoma and it’s one not to be missed. Here is a list of things to do in the town that was so special to one of America’s greatest humorists and columnists.

Have you visited Vinita? What was your favorite thing to do there? Tell us about it in the comments!