You can almost hear the constant rhythm of the trains that ran through Bristow during the oil boom days of the 1920’s. In those days, famous movie cowboy Gene Autry was working as a telegrapher at the now restored depot that houses the Bristow Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society Museum. A cute red caboose sits outside, putting the finishing touch on the grounds around the restored Bristow Train Depot where President Harry S. Truman delivered one of his famous “Whistle Stop” speeches.
Bristow is a historic town with charming brick streets and sidewalks. The Town Square that opens onto Historic Route 66/Main Street, complete with a small amphitheater overlooking a bubbling fountain, is perfect for gatherings and is the site of many community activities.
Residents have a deep love for community treasures, such as the tiny St. George’s Episcopal Church, the unique southwestern architecture of the Post Office, and the Lake Mesina Amphitheater which was dedicated in March of 1937 by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Other points of interests in Bristow include our state-of-the-art Montfort & Allie B. Jones Library, the beautiful 320-acre Klingensmith Park and Lake Mesina, and the Wake Island War Memorial, which includes a decommissioned cannon, tank, and even a rocket!
The rich history of this 1897 trading post turned Bristow town site in 1902, is still known as the Woodland Queen of the Creek Nation. Bristow still wears its Native American heritage with great pride. The pictures and artifacts in the Historical Society Museum are living proof of a city that cherishes the richness of its past and the untapped resources of its future.
Bristow is a thriving community that offers the best of both worlds – small town values with city amenities. The Bristow Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to northeast Oklahoma. This is an exciting, dynamic region that offers businesses the resources they need to succeed in a wholesome and safe environment.
The Bristow Area Chamber is dedicated to sustaining a strong business climate in a community where people can work, live and play. Agriculture, aviation, energy, medicine, and educational sectors employ many Bristow and northeast Oklahoma citizens, and are helping the community mature as an economic and cultural center.
Additionally, our excellent education system (Ranked in the top 10 in the state) provides outstanding learning as well as unparalleled extracurricular activities with manageable classroom sizes.
Bristow’s central location between the state’s two largest metropolitan areas is key in its future growth. Just a short 30-minute drive to Tulsa via Interstate-44 and the Creek Turnpike, the area has become increasingly popular to families and businesses interested in relocation to a smaller community. Oklahoma City is just a short one hour drive via Interstate-44. Highways 16,48, and historic Route 66, as well as Interstate-40, located 30 miles to the south, provide excellent access to all areas of the state and beyond.
Why the Chamber?
The Chamber enhances and leverages the talents and resources of its members to improve economic opportunities. The Chamber is advocate for its broad and diverse member business, creating a climate of growth and success. The Chamber provides unique opportunities for individuals and businesses to make a difference by connecting them to important community issues. The Chamber helps build a stronger community by staying focused and involved in the top business, civic, and social priorities.
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