Second part of ‘Marland Hunting Camps’ series set for May 11

Ponca City Now - May 2, 2019 10:12 am

Pictured is an employee of the Saline Game Preserve feeding the hunting dogs. The Saline Game Preserve, better known by locals in the 1920s as “The Dog Ranch”, was a hunting camp owned by E.W. Marland and located near the Great Salt Plains area of Oklahoma. Historian Paula Denson, author of “The Dog Ranch”, will be at the Marland Grand Home on Saturday, May 11 to present a program on the story of the camp.

Marland’s Grand Home will present Part Two of the series “Marland Hunting Camps of the 1920s” at 10 a.m.  Saturday, May 11.

E.W. Marland, founder and president of the Marland Oil Company, which later became Conoco, owned and/or participated in three hunting camps where he and his friends met to share fellowship and acquire game. The camps included the Bar L Camp, south of Ponca City along the Arkansas River; the Circle M Plantation, close to Macon, Mississippi; and the Saline Game Preserve, in the area now known as the Great Salt Plains Wildlife Refuge of Oklahoma.

Paula Carmack Denson will be the guest speaker for the second part of the series on Marland’s Hunting Camps.  Denson is the author of the book The Dog Ranch. 

“The Dog Ranch” was the locals’ nickname for the Saline Game Preserve in the 1920s. Denson, a local historian now living in Oklahoma City, has researched much of the Marland history and written books on her findings.

“Listen and Learn series presentations are given throughout the year and planned to reflect the artifacts and history of E.W. Marland and the Marland’s Grand Home site,” said Jayne Detten, Marland Estate and Marland’s Grand Home Assistant Director.  “We are delighted to have Paula Denson present this information, as she is quite knowledgeable about Marland’s history and invested a great deal of her time and attention to the site, while serving as a volunteer and Past President of the Friends of Marland’s Grand Home.”

Seating is limited; call the Grand Home at (580) 767-0427 to reserve your seat for this special presentation.

The historic Marland Grand Home is located at 1000 E. Grand Ave. in Ponca City and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the 1916 historic site, visit or “Like” us on Facebook at Marland’s Grand Home.


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