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Okemah, Oklahoma

Okemah, Oklahoma

Okemah was named for Kickapoo Chief, Okemah, who lived one and one half miles east and one mile north of Harrah upon his original allotment where he died in 1936. Chief Okemah lived on the townsite of Okemah from March 1902 until a week after the opening which occurred on April 21, 1902. The agreeable and fine temperament of this old chief was really the cause of naming the town for him - noted for honesty, integrity, and uprightness - the name meaning "high man" or "person of high stature."

As the hometown of folk singer, Woody Guthrie, "Okemah was one of the singiest, square dancingest, drinkingest, yellingest, preachingest, walkingest, talkingest, laughingest, cryingest, shootingest, fist fightingest, bleedingest, gamblingest, gun, club and razor carryingest of our ranch towns and farm towns, because it blossomed out into one of our first Oil Boom Towns." The Annual Woody Guthrie Free Folk Arts Festival brings thousands of music lovers and folk entertainers to Okemah for five days of good ole music lovin' fun!

Experience Okemah with its clean, safe, friendly atmosphere. A variety of recreational and leisure activities, great schools, a strong retail environment and community spirit make Okemah a great place to visit, to raise a family, or retire.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Veteran's Memorial

The Veteran's Memorial honors those who served the United States of America in all wars with engraved emblems of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

Okemah, OK Memorials

Territory Town Museum

Walk along the boardwalk in Territory Town and look into the store fronts of the old western town. The museum exhibits include Civil War relics, Wells Fargo items, Indian artifacts, western memorabilia, and souvenirs.

Okemah, OK Museums

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on July 14, 1912

Okemah, OK Famous People

Crystal Theater, 1921 - 2000

When the Crystal Theatre was remodeled in 1931, it was modeled after Tulsa'

Okemah, OK Theatres

Things to do near Okemah, OK

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum

Hands-on educational exhibits....

Stillwater Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Yukon's Best Railroad Museum

Three cabooses and one box car contain Rock Island memorabilia and other railroad antiques and artifacts. Old Interurban Depo...

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

Circa 1300 European paintings and two mummies....

Hal Muldrow Heliport

Oklahoma Army National Guard helicopter pilot training base, Vietnam-era helicopters on display. ...