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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

Picture of Pawnee Bill Ranch
Picture of Pawnee Bill Ranch
Pawnee Bill Ranch
P. O. Box 493
Pawnee, OK 74058-0493
Manager:Ron Brown
[email protected]

The Pawnee Bill Ranch was once the showplace of the world renowned Wild West Show entertainer, Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie. Visitors can now tour Pawnee Bill and his wife, May's, 14 room mansion, fully furnished with their original belongings. Their dream home, completed in 1910, is filled with Lillie family memorabilia, photographs, original art work, and much more. The Ranch property also houses a museum with exhibits related to Pawnee Bill, the Wild West Shows, and the Pawnees. The five-hundred acre grounds include the original Ranch blacksmith shop, a 1903 log cabin, a large barn built in 1926 and an Indian Flower Shrine - all available for the public to tour.

A herd of bison, longhorn, and several draft horses call the Pawnee Bill Ranch home and can often be found grazing in the drive through exhibit pasture. The Ranch is also a day-use facility and several outdoor amenities can be reserved for private functions. The Ranch has covered picnic shelters, covered teepee picnic tables, fishing ponds, a playground, and a meeting room. The Big Barn, shelter, meeting rooms, porches, and lawns can be rented for weddings, reunions, meetings, and more. The Pawnee Bill Ranch also proudly recreates Pawnee Bill's Original Wild West Show the last three Saturdays in June every year.

The Pawnee Bill Ranch is located on Blue Hawk Peak on land Pawnee Bill purchased from Blue Hawk, his Pawnee friend. It is located one-half mile west of Pawnee on US 64.

Hours of Operation

November - March, Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

April - October, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Adults pay $5, seniors (62+) pay $3, students (6-18) pay $2, while children under 6 are free. Family tickets for up to 6 people cost $18. Meanwhile, veterans and active military are free with ID. OHS members also pay nothing.

Related Links
Pawnee Bill Ranch Web Site (Oklahoma Historical Society)

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