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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

Okemah Public Library

The Okemah Public Library is located in a historic rock building constructed with the aid of WPA funds. Enjoying a scenic view of Okemah's Noble Park, it is within a block of the Okemah Middle School.

Okemah, OK Historic Buildings

Woody Guthrie

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

Okemah, OK Famous People

Okemah Lake

Okemah boasts one of the most beautiful 1100 acre city lakes in the state of Oklahoma. Okemah City Lake complex offers superb fishing, water skiing, RV Park and camping. The 1998 Angler'

Okemah, OK Recreation

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

Woody Guthrie Statue and Mural

The Woody Guthrie Statue was dedicated at the 1998 Free Folk Festival and placed in a memorial park in downtown Okemah. Painted on a wall adjacent to the park is this mural illustrating the life of Woody done by artist, DeAnna Wilson.

Okemah, OK Arts

Things to do near Okemah, OK

Boley High School

Boley's school system was begun in 1909, and the existing school was built in 1930s. ...

Yukon's Best Railroad Museum

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

Statehood Convention Marker

The first convention to advocate single statehood for Oklahoma was called to order September, 30, 1893, in the old Trinity Me...

Stillwater Country Club

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