Japanese to Invest in “Wild West” Resort in Oklahoma
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) _ Japanese investors will provide most of the financing for a theme park featuring Southwest history and culture such as Indian powwows and oil well development, a developer said.
Charles Ohmori of BOSS Co. of Japan, who will tour the site in a couple of weeks, will select the investors, said Dallas developer Peggy O’Neal.
″I am trying to bring to the tourists the Indian, the cowboy, ranching, the prairie and oil, and do so authentically,″ Ms. O’Neal said. ″We will try to retain as much of being out on the prairie as possible.
″We want to put on powwows. There’s nowhere to go year round to see powwows. We want to have them there.″
The complex will be called Indian Prairie and will include a 2,500-acre ranch. Groundbreaking for the park could begin within a year, Ms. O’Neal said.
Michael Jenkins, president of Leisure and Recreation Concepts of Dallas, is designing the master plan for the resort. Jenkins is the former vice president of Six Flags over Texas amusement park, she said.