Leroy Gordon Cooper was born in Shawnee in March 1927. He is known for his outstanding leadership in aeronautical engineering. He was the first astronaut in a space flight of more than 24 hours and he circled the globe 22 times in 34 hours and 20 minutes!
Shawnee boasts small town charm with big city offerings. You'll enjoy name brand restaurants and retail as well as the best in home town dining and unique boutique shopping. Experience rich culture and world-class museums and attractions. Visit Oklahoma's only Egyptian mummy at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art or join the fun at the Boo on Bell Fall Festival. Shawnee has something for the whole family and we are anxious to roll out the red carpet for you!