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For the history buffs on the site - I enjoyed reading about Frank Phillips (founder of The Phillips Petroleum Co) and visiting his amazing museum - The Woolaroc (which features two amazing Colt Collections; the Philip R. Phillips Collection and the Waldo Wilson Collection which create one of the world's finest collections of Colt firearms. Also featured are collections from the 101 Ranch, Jo Mora nd Joe Beeler. This is the story of his Reunion:



Frank Phillips was fascinated by the "Old West" and wanted to preserve the history of the Cowboy and the Outlaw. Frank devised his own special way to salute the old-time outlaws as well as the cowhands and the Indians of the Osage. Starting in 1927, he hosted an annual party for them at the Woolaroc Ranch. He organized the hard core regulars (genuine cowboys and tough guys from the area) into an association and summoned them to the Ranch each year. He called these annual blowouts the "Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion." Nothing before or since ever quite compared!

Frank assembled a team of associates to help him plan his party…..Pawnee Bill who had helped stage Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, the Miller brothers from the 101 Ranch along with Frank’s own ranch manager, Grif Graham who was the former sheriff from the area. His party intended to salute the survivors from the territorial days "when men were men and women were respected."
The party consisted of cowboys, Indians, outlaws, ranchers and area businessmen. The Reunion was a colorful affair attended by a variety of locals – old trail riders, horse traders, US Marshalls and a sprinkling of Frank’s personal guests, including Phillips Petroleum directors and other businessmen whom he was trying to impress.
Frank’s ground rules for the party were quite simple…..any wanted outlaws would be granted a day of grace for the reunion. If there was an outstanding warrant, the law officers in attendance would have to wait for another time and place to serve their papers. Second and last rule: all guns and grudges had to be left at the main gate.
Now, let’s fast forward to 2006…..the wonderful party that had such a rich history had grown tired and had lost its once famous "allure". Rather than to let such a wonderful event simply fade away, eight people who loved Woolaroc formed a committee and were determined to put this party "back on the map again"……and to say they were successful would be an understatement. Today, the party is trumpeted as "the best in the State of Oklahoma" and anyone who has attended would be the first to agree with that statement! The party is held on the same grounds as Uncle Frank’s first one in 1927 and it very often is able to conjure up some of the spirit and characters of years long passed. A crowd of 750-900 people gather for an evening of great food, entertainment, art to buy and true Old West friendship. Uncle Frank would be pleased!
Because of the great success of this party since 2006, Woolaroc has been able to complete the following improvements:


 Restoration of the historic Lodge home

 Renovation of the Museum

 Creation of the Children’s Playground
 Renovation and improvements to the Heritage Theater
 Improvements to the facilities at Clyde Lake
 Creation of the very special "Walking Trails" at Woolaroc
Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion has a very rich history at Woolaroc….a history that you can still be a part of each Fall.

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"Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion"
Dang what a great idea for a party! I bet the first ones were pretty wooly!

Oklahoma is OK!

thanks OP
 

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If you go to the Tulsa show you should allow yourself time to visit the Woolaroc. The story varies as to who gave it the name Woolaroc, but it represents the area of woods, lake, and rocks.
 

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Double Dutch: Today's Oklahoma History Lesson

Here is a fun story about a old west bank robber who saved "Cow Thieves Party" thrower- Frank Phillips, from Pretty Boy Floyd.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7165/412/1600/Uncle_Frank_1938.0.jpg


"Tulsa World reported from Bartlesville nearly 43 years ago that "Henry Wells, 82, an old-time outlaw who robbed 32 banks, died Thursday night in a Bartlesville hospital. Wells, a familiar sight here with his handlebar mustache, was tried 14 times but convicted only once. ... In later years, although it was rumored he had caches of loot hidden, he lived on an old-age pension and side bets on pool games.

"Wells, a 6-foot, 200-pound man, took credit for preventing Charles (Pretty Boy) Floyd from kidnapping Frank Phillips, Bartlesville oilman, in the 1930s. He said he tipped Phillips' employees at Woolaroc Ranch that the kidnapping was planned. 'It was the only time I ever ratted on any of the boys,' he said. 'But I told Pretty Boy I'd rather somebody would have kidnapped my daddy than Frank Phillips.'" (Phillips is pictured above at Woolaroc.)"

I wish I knew about this when I lived in Oklahoma- I would have stole a cow just to be able to go to the party.!
 

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He certainly didn't need a name tag;). Beautiful horse, nice holster with Colt and of course lots of studs!
 

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Looks like crossdraw holster - on the wrong side though, maybe somebody explain the carry mode .

love the post Jersey , great idea and tradition to keep shin dig goin.

in reality though - if I’m an outlaw , I’m REAL leery of attending ...... cos if I’m a lawman once that “ amnesty “ is over
someone is getting handcuffed , hurt or taking a dirtnap .

Im not saying get the drop at X ‘o clock , but John Wesley or John Dillinger like - opportunities may NEVER come again.

Honor is honor , but either side of the law you need to use whatever means to do your job .
And if you don’t , you’re not very dedicated to your chosen profession.
 

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Maybe I jumped the gun ...... maybe honor would have to trump situation.
Kinda like man in blue throwing down with criminal Mano Mano , baddest MF walks .
 

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The holster is definately a straight hang. You can clearly see that it is straight across at the top. It looks like it is hanging from a white or light colored leather thong attached to the belt. The belt isn't running through the holster, the holster is hanging down below the belt.
 

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Revive this old thread its a pretty interesting story found this photo surfing the web today.



Here is a photo of Frank Phillips founder of Phillips Oil Company- in old west gear at a "Cowboy and Outlaw Reunion"
I'm glad you did. I missed it in 2017.
 
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