The 3,700 acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. It is a working ranch that maintains the animals for the enjoyment of our guests in a natural, protected setting. Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, created the Woolaroc preserve in 1925 to retain the essence of the West as he had known it before the turn of the century. That earlier time had an untamed quality that is evident at Woolaroc today.
The Woolaroc Museum presents one of America's most unique displays of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms. It is one of the most outstanding western art collections in the world that also represents the culture and lifestyles of the people and peoples of America and the American West.
From its humble beginning as a small cabin that overlooked Clyde Lake, the Woolaroc Lodge ranch house became the country home of Frank and Jane Phillips. Its rustic construction began in 1925 as one of the first ranch structures with a simple cabin that became the Lodge dining room.
The house was completed in early 1927 with eight bedrooms--six guest rooms and two separate, connecting rooms for Uncle Frank and Aunt Jane, each with its own bathroom. There was even a servant's room with its own bathroom connecting to Frank Phillips' room.
It was one of the most unusual lodge type structures of its time and stands today as a classic symbol of the colorful oil boom era.