OKC to Buffalo equals three-and-a-half hours by car on northwest highway. All day and more on horseback. Can't even guess how long it would take on foot. This small, friendly town located in far Northwest Oklahoma at the junction of U.S. Highways 183/64, is only two hours to either Interstate 35 (north/south) or 40 (east/west). Situated in the gateway to the No Man’s Land Oklahoma panhandle, the geographic center of the United States is not far from this County Seat town nestled in between Kansas and Texas and not far from Colorado or New Mexico. You will be dazzled by a night sky full of stars, and the Milky Way like you’ve never seen before. Cowboy boots and Stetson hats are a familiar sight around here where the main industry is wheat farming and cattle ranches.
No Buffalo Burgers are served in Buffalo anymore nor even any Buffalo Wild Wings, but the Buffalo Diner in the former Gaddis Dairy Cream has a great mushroom & swiss burger, chicken fried steak, calzone; as well as a tasty noon buffet and delicious Mexican dishes. The pharmacy's Medic Deli has a quick weekday lunch of soup and sandwiches, and the grocery has a hot food line too, with Dough Boys Pizza; sometimes homemade Bierox.
The best little Mexican cafe, My Casa, on Friday nights features a delicious stuffed poblano chili rellano plate and on Sunday a Mex Brunch. MyCasa is open limited hours so check first. At the former Lamunyon’s Drive In, Shorty’s Sweets N Treats serves hot dogs and hamburgers on Saturdays; homemade pies and cakes during the week. For a quick bite there is Love's Subway. All that good food, but no Buffalo Burger or Hot Wings. Just remember Buffalo is typical small town rural Oklahoma - the streets roll up at dark and most folks are home in bed by 9 pm so go to dinner earlier and enjoy the peaceful nights.
The greatest B&Bs for a weekend getaway are here. Wooly Bison Inns right downtown near where the stoplight used to be, Red Rock Inn in the old Nazarene Church features two apartments filled with precious antiques, Wheatland Inns in the old Telephone switchboard office and a second cottage across the street. The Central Hotel, once upon a time named the DelRoyce, may not be open for stays right now, the owner has been remodeling. Buffalo Creek Motel (Curve Courts) at the north end of town includes a public laundry and is near the Harper County Community Hospital and extended care nursing home. One doctor, two Physician’s Assistants, and a host of R.N.’s and L.P.N.’s are in resident offering full medical and emergency care.
There is an old-fashioned movie theatre on weekends selling very reasonable delicious popcorn and soft drinks with crushed ice. The theatre is run completely by volunteers, and the marquee is on a wheeled mobile sign by the main street. Two parks, Celebration Park and Stone City Park offer free tennis courts, picnic tables and shelter, playground, and shade trees, both fully landscaped and well cared for. At Celebration Park, enjoy the free 4th of July BBQ event including local entertainment, kid games, picnic table, pavilion, and gazebo. The Junior Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool is open from May to August.
Doby Springs Park, named for Chris Doby, a cowboy who made the 1893 land run, homesteaded here, and raised his family. This park seven miles out of town offers walking trails, spring-fed pond fishing, RV and tent camping, picnic tables and a pavilion. Rustic facilities and water hookups are available at low cost from Buffalo Town Hall. The annual Old Settler’s Picnic in August hosts a watermelon feed and such family fun events as a raw egg toss, turtle races, sack races, and local entertainment. The Doby golf course has one of the state's top nine-hole courses, golf carts available, stop in town to grab your snacks as there’s no food sold at the clubhouse. Three historic bridges; two on the golf course and one at the park across the road.
In the fall, usually late September or early October, the Buffalo Alumni and Homecoming weekend features a parade with prizes for those entries in several divisions, luncheon at the Methodist church and a chili supper at the school before the eight-man-football game and queen coronation. The alumni building offers free coffee and soft drinks, and many businesses have special sales that day. Other sports in Buffalo are baseball, softball, basketball, golf, and roping. For more information contact Town Hall at 580.735.2030.
The museum is open by appointment but will be open during the homecoming weekend. The free museum is handicap accessible and features an old time Victrola they will play for you, a display of the original Selman Post Office, info on the Fort Dodge Trail cattle crossing through Buffalo, more about Doby Springs, and information on a local, furnished sod house. Tour group services includes bus parking and guide tours. For more information on the museum contact Sidney Malt at 580.727.5756.
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