Saturday, January 25, 2020

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge

Tishomingo, OK

January's field is to the Tishomingo NWR in the town of Tishomingo, OK which is situated on the northwest corner of Lake Texhoma.    It's about two hours from Dallas.

Tishomingo is home to a large variety of water fowl and other birds.  This time of year there should be a lot of snow geese in residence.   Deer and other animals are around also.   In addition, this was the location of a large farming commune in the 1920's and the ruined structures from the operation are seen all over the refuge.   The concrete homes are called Chapman Houses and are quite photogenic.  More information is available at www.fws.gov/refuge/tishomingo  .

Also nearby is an old western town called Sipokni which was built as a film set.   While it is closed for the season, it's not locked up, and the owner invited us to come and photograph the grounds at our leisure.  Sipokni is located 11 miles north of Tishomingo in the town of Reagan, OK.   Follow US 377 north to SH 7 and west a few miles to Reagan.  It's on the south edge of town.

I suggest lunch around 11:30am at Boomarang Diner at 314 W. Main Street in Tishomingo.

To get to Tishomingo from Dallas, follow US 75 north past Durant, OK and go left on SH 48.    Follow SH 48, SH 78, and SH 22 to Tishomingo.  Go south on Refuge Road just as you get into town.   An alternative route is to pick up US 337  west of Prosper, TX and follow it all the way to Tishomingo.   If you want to spend the night, the nearest acceptable lodging in is Madill, OK which is 14 miles south.

The next field trip will be on February 22nd, and it will be a scavenger hunt around the fine arts district.   More later..

Call or text me at 972-824-4106 if you have questions.

Gary Kelly


Field Trip History HERE

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