Oklahoma panhandle

Stanley Barby shows off some of the best places to find prairie chickens on his ranch in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The silhouettes of a few old oil wells and barns flanking Stanley Barby’s ranch house fade quickly after a short drive down a narrow path in prairie grass tall enough to swat a pickup truck’s side mirrors.

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explains how the Oklahoma panhandle went from unclaimed land to bootlegger's paradise—and is now a road-trip destination.