Bristow - Quality of Life
Bristow is a small town that got its beginnings in 1897 as a trading post. Named for J.L. Bristow, then the fourth Assistant Postmaster General, most of the area was occupied by Creek Indian owners and white tenant farmers and quickly became known as a little cotton kingdom, supporting several cotton gins. When oil and gas were discovered in the area in the 1920's, Bristow became an oil-boom town and many oil companies established their businesses in or near the city.
Today Bristol offers an outstanding quality of life! Imagine a city where you can enjoy a stroll down our bricked sidewalks and trees lined Main Street, and then enjoy fishing at our 320 acre City Park and lake or play a round of golf in one of the finest nine hole golf courses in state.
A large amphitheater located in the city park provides the best of both worlds by having a small town atmosphere, large beautiful facilities, and easy access to major metropolitan cities.
When in town, take a moment to stop in at the Chamber of Commerce and say hello! We are located in the Restored Train Depot and museum located between 6th and 7th streets just East of Main Street. You can tour the, Bristow Historical Museum, a 1923 restored depot that contains railroad related displays and exhibits about the city's history, from Indian Territory days to the present.
Then take a step back in time when hamburgers were a nickel, optimism was everywhere, and vacation meant loading up the family in the station wagon and heading down the Mother Road, the Main Street of America. It meant Route 66. In fact . . . Bristow's main street is none other than Route 66. Today, much of the famous route in Oklahoma has been replaced and or bypassed by Interstate 44. However, a few pristine stretches of the original road still exist around Bristow. If you love the "Mother Road" as we do, stop by the Chamber office for a copy of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's Trip Guide to help you locate Bristow's old sections of the road.
To make your stay in Bristow complete, take a walk on the wild side and visit the Bristow Wilderness Safari, where the largest primate collection west of the Appalachian Mountains can be found. Located on 57 acres outside of Bristow, Oklahoma, Wilderness Safari's rolling hills, trees, ponds and creeks provide a habitat for a variety of exotic animals. Come visit the monkeys, jackals, African Hoofstock, zebras, wallabies, camels, gazelles, storks, peacocks, tropical birds... and don't forget to visit the animal nursery!
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