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Ponca City

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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, nightlife
Ponca City is a small city in Kay and is partly in Osage counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, which was named after the Ponca Tribe. Located in north central Oklahoma, it lies approximately 18mi south of the Kansas border, and approximately 15mi east of Interstate 35. Ponca City had a population of 25,387 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Kay County. The city is near the Arkansas River, the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River, Kaw Lake, and Lake Ponca, which all provide numerous recreational opportunities.Ponca City lies on approximately 18.1sqmi of land, and also has approximately 1.2sqmi of water, for a total area of 19.3sqmi. The city is served by the Ponca City Regional Airport, and is accessible by US-60, US-177, OK-11, and I-35.HistoryPonca City was created in 1893 as New Ponca after the United States opened the Cherokee Outlet for European-American settlement during the Cherokee Strip land run, the largest land run in United States history. The site for Ponca City was selected for its proximity to the Arkansas River and the presence of a fresh water spring near the river. The city was laid out by Burton Barnes, who drew up the first survey of the city and sold certificates for the lots he had surveyed. After the drawing for lots in the city was completed, Barnes was elected the city's first mayor.
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