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"Jewel of the Southwest" Shines in New Book

Local author David Lott chronicles Oklahoma’s First Resort in vintage images.

Mount Pleasant, SC, May 29, 2010 --( New from local author David Lott and Arcadia Publishing comes Medicine Park: Oklahoma’s First Resort, the latest in the popular Images of America series. Known as the “Jewel of the Southwest,” Medicine Park’s dazzling images have filled this book with over 200 vintage photos.

Beginning as a cobblestone community in 1908, it was Oklahoma’s first planned resort. Tourist flocked to the area to enjoy mountains, wildlife, swimming, and other entertainment. From its founding through the 1930s, Medicine Park became a getaway to relax, gamble, and even partake in some illegal bootleg whisky.

Although after World War II the resort became subject to economic struggles, Medicine Park has never lost its luster. David hopes this book will serve as a partial reminder of past challenges and successes as the town journeys through a new century.

Highlights of Medicine Park: Oklahoma’s First Resort:

- Features original maps and advertisements that were used in the auction of the resort’s many residential lots
- Chronicles many events and attractions that attracted people from all around to Bath Lake
- Showcases the original tent buildings from the early years of the area

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888)-313-2665.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit

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