Turner Falls

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This article is about the waterfall and park in Oklahoma. For a village in Massachusetts with a similar name, see Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Turner Falls
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Turner Falls Park
Location Turner Falls Park, Interstate 35, Davis, Oklahoma
Type Fan
Total height 77 ft.

Turner Falls, at 77 feet (23 m), is locally considered Oklahoma's tallest waterfall,[1] although its height matches one in Natural Falls State Park.[2] The falls are located on Honey Creek in the Arbuckle Mountains in south central Oklahoma, 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Davis.[3][4]

History[edit]

Mazeppa Thomas Turner, a Scottish immigrant farmer who married Laura Johnson, a Chickasaw woman, settled in the area in 1878 and discovered the falls.The falls were named for him.[4][5]

Recreational use began in or before 1868. Today, the falls are part of Turner Falls Park, a city park operated by the city of Davis, Oklahoma.[5] The Falls cascade into a natural swimming pool, one of two such pools within the park,[1] and these are popular tourist destinations in the summer.[6]

The city of Davis acquired the park in 1919 and operated it until 1950. It then leased the facility to other interests until 1978, when it resumed control.[4]

The park covers 1,500 acres (6.1 km2), and also contains nature trails, caves and other interesting geological features. It also has a walk-in castle[1] which was built in the 1930s.

Popularity[edit]

The venue can be crowded in summer. Reviews of the location at TripAdvisor give an average score of 3 out of 5, but express a wide range of opinions.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Turner Falls Park, Davis, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce
  2. ^ "Oklahoma Waterfall Study underway". Oklahoma's Own. News on 6 Now. March 9, 2010. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2012. ...several waterfalls could surpass Natural Falls and Turner Falls as Oklahoma's tallest. 
  3. ^ Turner Falls Park, retrieved January 30, 2009
  4. ^ a b c Sanchez, Joe. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Turner Falls." Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b History on official website, retrieved January 30, 2009
  6. ^ Turner Falls Location and Park Info, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
  7. ^ Turner Falls tourist reviews

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Coordinates: 34°25′31″N 97°08′55″W / 34.42528°N 97.14861°W / 34.42528; -97.14861