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Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Sallisaw, county seat of Sequoyah County, is located at the edge of the famed Cookson Hills to the north and the navigation channel of the Arkansas River to the south. Its name is from the French "salaisiau" meaning "salt provision." Indians, early settlers, explorers and trappers were familiar with the natural salt deposits found by many nearby streams.

"The Grapes of Wrath" author, John Steinbeck, used Sallisaw as the starting point for "Okies" fleeing to California to escape the "dust bowl" drought days. Actually the eastern part of Oklahoma has always been wooded and picturesque; it was western Oklahoma where the dry, flat land and blowing winds created the "dust bowl."

Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd and other notorious outlaws who used the tugged and inaccessible Cookson Hills to hide in in the 1930s would surely marvel at the four-lane interstate highway, the diesel trains and the barge traffic on the Arkansas River that now connect Sallisaw with the world.

Present-day Sallisaw is an expanding center for commerce and tourism. Lakes for fishing and water sports, drives to historic landmarks, horse racing at Oklahoma's first pari-mutual track, state parks for camping and hiking, golf, tennis (or just relaxing) all begin and end at Sallisaw!

We cordially invite you to come see Sallisaw.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Sequoyah Statue

Sequoyah, the Cherokee soldier and teacher, gained world-wide fame when he devised the Cherokee syllabary. His statue is in the Nation's Capitol as one of Oklahoma's two greatest men. The giant redwood trees of California are named for him. The statue is located on the grounds of Sequoyah'

Sallisaw, OK Arts

14 Flags Museum

14 Flags Museum is housed in the restored cabin, built in 1845, of Judge Franklin Faulkner, a pioneer lawyer of Sequoyah County. The museum contains early-day artifacts from this area. The entire museum complex includes a stretch of several log cabins with historical items on display.

Sallisaw, OK Museums

Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm

At the Overstreet-Kerr Farm visitors may glimpse life on this working farm as it was in the early 20th century. See the lavishly restored, 1895, antique filled, 14-room pioneer home that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places

Sallisaw, OK Museums

Sequoyah's Homesite

The original log cabin home of Sequoyah was built in 1829 and contains many artifacts relative to Sequoyah's remarkable achievements. Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin to serve as his home shortly after his move to what is present day Oklahoma.

Sallisaw, OK Landmarks

Historic Churches

First Presbyterian Church - 1918 Oak and Creek Streets First Baptist Church South Elm and Creek Streets

Sallisaw, OK Historic Churches

Things to do near Sallisaw, OK

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