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Enid, Oklahoma, was founded during the opening of the Cherokee Outlet by land run in 1893.

Today, the history of this era is preserved at the Museum of the Cherokee Strip, located in Enid.

Vance Air Force Base was founded in 1941 on land leased by the city of Enid to the United States Army Air Forces, now the United States Air Force.

Enid was once home to Champlin Petroleum; the H. H. Champlin mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town's early history was captured in The Cherokee Strip by Pulitzer-winning author Marquis James, who recounts his boyhood in Enid.

Other well-known natives include astronaut Owen K. Garriott, movie actress Glenda Farrell, photojournalist David S. Holloway, opera singer Leona Mitchell, and her brother Hulon W. Mitchell (also known as Yahweh ben Yahweh), contemporary messianic figure and leader of the Nation of Yahweh.

Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins was born and raised in Enid. Former NBA players Mark and Brent Price also grew up in Enid, as did New-Age guitarist Michael Hedges.


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