Skywatch Friday – A Visit to the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

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Sorry about the decapitated horse to the left.

Continuing from my previous post where brother Bob and I visited the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, we drove about 20 miles or so north to the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch. The Rogers family name for the place was, the Dog Iron Ranch. We were told at the museum that the ranch was a beautiful place and I can confirm that indeed it is. It is at the end of a road and the property has waterfront on a lake. The place teems with birds and very green grass and nice big trees.

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We met the ranch foreman, Fred. Fred was very bossy and loved to have his photo taken and was just generally very fussy.


We ventured briefly down a hiking trail and saw this longhorn cows. They checked us out when we first approached and then quickly became bored.


We didn’t go very far, I hadn’t thought about needing bug spray and if we had gone any farther we would need some. I am not a big fan of chiggers and ticks.

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The house is beautiful. Apparently this kind of house was common in Territorial Oklahoma but is now rare. It was once known as the “The White House on the Verdigris.” The lower floor of the house is open.

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I loved the light from the tall windows.

A beautiful sitting room with a piano. I love those old walls and the fireplace. The house started out as a log cabin, actually two log cabins with a cover over the “dogtrot” between them. The house was expanded gradually and a second story added with two bedrooms. The old dog trot was enclosed and is now the foyer. Somewhere along the way, the white clapboard siding was added. I just love stuff like that.

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And the master bedroom. I love that big multicolored rug.

The ranch is a quiet place with just the horses, donkeys, Fred,  and the birds. Besides the house there is an authentic barn and wood fences. The hiking trail is a little rough but I’d of done it if I had my bug spray. The place has RV spots and and airstrip!! You have to make arrangement in advance to stay out there as there is no staff on site.

I recommend a visit highly. It is one of the nicest place I have been to in Oklahoma.

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16 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – A Visit to the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

  1. Eileen

    Hello, I love the first photo with the pretty sky and the horses. Looks like an interesting place to visit. The house is beautiful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead.

  2. Pat

    As a Roy Rogers fan from childhood, I enjoyed seeing his ranch and home in your photos, Yogi! His house was really beautiful–it looked like an antebellum plantation for the outside but more like a ranch cabin in the interior.

  3. Magical Mystical Teacher

    You’d never know it was a log house if you didn’t step inside!

  4. Peter B

    Cool post, and I love the old but perfectly preserved white house. Also the longhorns, and LOL about the decapitated horse!! Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Carol

    That first photo has an amazing sky. I’d love to spend time visiting Will Roger’s birthplace. He was a fascinating man.

  6. BellyBytes

    Dear Yogi I’m sorry I added your link again to this Linky but I didn’t want to cancel it for fear of upsetting the party!
    I’m quite a klutz when it comes to technology.
    I always find it amazing to see a peacock in North America – looks really exotic in this unusual setting . Thanks for sharing your visit to the Bill Rogers Ranch .

  7. nancy chan

    Pretty photo of the sky and horses. A beautiful peacock. The longhorn cows are beautiful too but look dangerous with the long horns. The house looks very comfortable.

  8. Kay L. Davies

    So much beauty and history. Too much to remember all at once, but I must say I love Fred, the ranch foreman.
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Ellen

    Looks like a beautiful place. I wonder why is there a shrine to Will Rogers on top of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs.

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