When the entire town is designated an National Historic Monument, you know it’s something special. Guthrie was the original state capital of Oklahoma, established in 1889. In 1901, the capital was changed to Oklahoma City, located 30 miles south. Guthrie was basically abandoned for 70 years. Because there was no development, Guthrie today is the largest historic district in the nation, with 2,169 buildings.
Guthrie is home to numerous museums, the world’s largest Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, the Pollard Theatre, and Double Stop Music Hall. In addition to these cultural venues, Guthrie’s large collection of late 1900 Victorian architecture makes the city one giant living museum.
The downtown district — a main street straight out of a historical novel — features shops, antique stores, restaurants, and art galleries. Trolley rides are available for historic tours. Downtown also contains unique apartments for those who want to live surrounded by history.
The city’s festivals include Victorian Walk, where citizens wear territorial dress, the Apples and Quilts Festival, and an Art & Wine Festival. With over 1,400 acres of history, Guthrie is a charming place to live.