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The Enid, OK Area

Founded in 1893, the area now known as Enid, Oklahoma was settled during the opening stage of the Cherokee Outlet - a 60 mile wide strip of land in Oklahoma.  During the opening, over 100,000 people arrived looking to claim a stake on the land.  Governmental land offices were stationed in Perry, Enid, Woodward, and Alva covering 6.5 million acres of land making it the largest land run in U.S. history. 

Several counties, named K-G received their official names following the run including Kay, Grand, Woods, Woodward, Garfield, Noble, and Pawnee.  In 1907, the counties of Alfalfa, Ellis, Harper, and Major were added.

There are a couple of tales of how the town received its name.  One was that it was named after a character in the poem, “Idylls of the King” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Another myth is that the name came about when a chuckwagon sign placed by settlers was flipped backwards to read “enid” instead of “dine”.

The Enid-Pond Creek Railroad War of 1880, started after Rock Island Railroad built a rail line as well as several railroad stations in Indian Territory; near several existing stage coach stations in Round Pond and Skeleton Station.  This lead to controversy between the new county seats, the Dept. of the Interior, and  the railroad.

The feud involved railroad vandalism after the Rock Island Railroad refused to stop trains at the government towns due to their opposition to land being moved in response to the accusation that railroad officials were conspiring with Indians to bend town development in their favor.  In the end, new legislation placed requiring railroads to maintain stations within a quarter mile of the boundary limits of the affected territories.

Hotel Services & Amenities

Upon arriving at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Enid you can plop down on a soft pillowtop bed and unwind by enjoying one of the premium television programming channels on the 37” HDTV; or connecting to your mobile device with free wireless high speed Internet access.  Perhaps you prefer to re-energize after a long day of traveling in the Fitness Center or outdoor swimming pool.

Guest rooms include an indoor coffee maker, so you can brew up a fresh cup of delicious coffee to get you moving in the morning.  We also provide a free bright side Breakfast in the dining area off the lobby; where you can fill your tummy with waffles, hot and cold cereal, bread and muffins, fresh fruit, and coffee and juice.

You have access to great conveniences such as hair dryers and iron with ironing board to get you spruced up for your daily meetings or outings.  You can also arrange to use the meeting facilities if you need a venue for up to 50 people.

Attractions Near Enid, OK

Downtown Enid is within driving distance and offers a variety of shopping and dining venues for you to indulge in.  The Enid Event Center may be the reason you’re in town or perhaps an event will pop-up on your radar that you will want to attend.  It is just 4 miles from the hotel. 

The Leonardos Childrens Museum offers a fun environment for the kids to spend time while you’re in town.  The NOC Observatory is another exciting place to treat the kids.  They’ll love looking up at the wondrous simulated sky and learning more about the solar system.  Spend a fun filled day watching a little baseball game at the David Allen Memorial Park.

If you have plans to visit any of the health institutions in the area such as St. Mary’s Hospital, Integris Health, Minor Emergency Clinic, Life Emergency Medical Services, or Enid Health Center; stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Enid for a travel distance of 2 miles or less to each of these destinations.  Vance Airforce Base is only 3 miles away.

There are several restaurants that are 2 miles or less including, Callahans Pub and Grill, Rib Crib, Chillis, Aplebees, Costellos, and El Chico.  Within 3 miles you will find Panevinos and Napolis.  Walmart is a mere half mile away; while Oakwood Mall is just a mile away.  Additional shopping is within a 4 mile drive at the Heritage Center and Enid Farmers Market.