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Before Medicine Park was officially even a town, people from neighboring Lawton headed to its creek to stay cool during the summer months. It wasn't until 1908 that Oklahoma Senator Elmer Thomas founded the town with the vision of making it the state’s first planned resort community. After a successful start that earned it the moniker “Jewel of the West,” the town took a hit during the Great Depression and World War II. Thanks to modern revitalization efforts and its proximity to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the resort community has experienced a resurgence. The close-knit community hosts five annual musical festivals, which keeps the visitors pouring in and locals hard at work.
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