The best place for information about Sulphur, Oklahoma, is the city’s website. Additional information is available on the Arbuckle Historical Society of Murray County website or the website for the Sulphur Springs Inn. The Chickasaw Cultural Center website and the Oklahoma section of the National Park Service website also contain many interesting facts about the city.
A town of about 5,000 residents, Sulphur, Oklahoma, lies within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Indian reservation, about halfway between Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth. An area boasting many natural sulfur springs, Sulphur stands at the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, one of the United State's oldest national parks. The city became a tourist mecca after the federal government bought 33 natural springs from the Choctaw and Chickasaw in 1902. At that time, it was common for tourists to travel to Sulphur because they believed that bathing in mineral water could cure all sorts of ailments, from rheumatism to polio. In addition, visitors enjoyed the natural beauty of clear streams, lakes, forests and prairies. Still a favorite with regional tourists, Sulphur also is home to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a repository of the nature, history, heritage and life of the Chickasaw people.