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Road Trip Oklahoma is starting 2012 with a bang. On Friday, January 20, Oklahoma's Own News 9 will be in El Reno, Oklahoma. More>>

Fun Facts About El Reno »

  • El Reno was established in 1889 and was named for General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed in the battle of South Mountain, September 14, 1862. The “EL” was prefixed to differentiate it from the Post Offices at Reno City and Fort Reno. El Reno won the county seat in an election held in 1890.
  • Where’s Waldo? In 1902 Anheuser Busch built a two-story red brick building in the downtown district. This building had a saloon on the main floor and gambling on the second floor. At that time, the building across the alley was composed of the same establishments. There is an unpainted former opening in the wall on the second floor in the alleyway side of the building, where there was a board or bridge between the two buildings. Patrons would use the boards to go back and forth between the buildings. These boards served well as an escape route from one saloon/gambling room to another when the law came to pay a visit. Mr. Waldo put a name plate on the building when he purchased it in the 1930s.
  • Famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew her autogiro (forerunner of the helicopter) at the Fort Reno airstrip in 1920s.
  • El Reno has received the prestigious designation as a “Great American Main Street” community.
  • El Reno’s Post Office was established June 28, 1889. The mail was kept in a shoe box in a tent on the corner of Evans and Rogers Streets. The people would drop in and help themselves to their own mail. The “new” post office was built in 1916 and the building designer was a woman. The fully restored building is now used as a Special Events Center called Festivities at the Old Post Office.
  • Black Jack, the spirited rider less ceremonial horse used in the funeral processions of Presidents Hoover, Kennedy, and Johnson, and General MacArthur was raised and trained at Fort Reno.
  • The El Reno Airport was opened in 1943 as a United States Army Air Forces World War II primary pilot training airfield by the Army Air Forces Training Command Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command). It was known as El Reno Field. Pilot training at the airfield apparently ended during the summer of 1944, with the reduced demand for new pilots. The airfield was then turned over to the local government at the end of the war.

Schedule of Events »

Friday, January 20, 2012



In business since the 1940s, Johnnie’s Grill features the famous El Reno fried onion burger, a tasty combination of fresh beef patties and ribbons of caramelized onion. Try the Coney Island hot dog for a hot dog topped with meaty chili and pickled slaw.

  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm Meet & Greet with Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor


El Reno Bowl

El Reno Bowl is a family fun center with 16 bowling lanes, a game room and a snack bar. The current owners are celebrating 8 years in business on Jan. 20 so say come say congratulations and spin the News 9 Prize Wheel.

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Come enjoy 2 hours of unlimited bowling for $5 with the News 9 Street Team

Community Visits

Roblyer Middle School

Gary England, Oklahoma’s Own Number One Meteorologist, and Val Castor, Lead Storm Chaser, will teach kids about Oklahoma weather during an entertaining and informative weather presentation.

Leadership Luncheon

Amanda Taylor and Kelly Ogle will participate in a luncheon with El Reno leaders.

Chickasha High School

Lauren Nelson will drop by to visit with the FCA.

Boys and Girls Club

Robin Marsh, Stan Miller and Jed Castles will talk with some youths about the impact of the Boys and Girls Club in El Reno.

Special Features

Eagle Cam

Get a bird's eye view from the Sutton Avian Research Center Live Bald Eagle nest camera.


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