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The red shale hills that give Roger Mills County its distinctive hue have beckoned humans since prehistory. Lush creekbottoms that are heavily wooded with willow, elm, locust, and cottonwood belie the uniform appearance of the prairie under a midday summer sun. The Washita River, which once covered the valley with great seasonal floods, has been restrained to more orderly behavior, though it still holds much of the appeal of its former freeflowing days.

The town of Cheyenne offers visitors an astonishing variety of unshellacked, authentic experiences. Wildlife viewing through the Black Kettle National Grasslands, historic army and Indian sites throughout the county, well-preserved and interpreted pioneer structures, and an excellent museum are just a few of Cheyenne's attractions.

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