|Birdseye view of Ardmore, Indian Territory (Oklahoma)|
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Ardmore started as a farming town and was buoyed by the arrival of the Santa Fe R.R.; when declining soil fertility put the whole thing in a bind they made a smart choice in discovering a ton of oil nearby. It's at the junction of Interstate 35 and US-70 (Which is as unsung a gem of a U.S. highway as any. Skip 66 – don't believe the songs, Route 66 sucks – and take a trip on US-70).
For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Oklahoma Historical Society.