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Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Discover Okmulgee, one of America\'s most uncommon places!

Okmulgee is a city rich in history. In the late 1800\'s, Okmulgee (a Creek word meaning bubbling water) sprang up around the Creek Council House, the tribal house of government for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. From there, trading posts, banks, and mercantiles were established around the Council House.

In the early part of the Twentieth Century, the discovery of oil created a boom to Okmulgee\'s economy. In the late Teens and early Twenties, much of downtown\'s largest buildings were erected. Vaudeville houses, ornate churches and a seven-story office building showcased the downtown. Okmulgee became known for its oil and its oilmen.

In 1919, \"Demolitionists\" tried to tear down the stone wall surrounding the Council House. They wanted to have the entire structure torn down. In 1928, another group wanted to replace the Council House with a more functional and updated building. Humorist, Will Rogers, was credited with helping save the structure when he said, \"You can go to any town in the country and find a post office and a hotel, but there is only one town where you can find a Creek Council House.\"

Magnificent oil mansions still remain in Okmulgee, many now restored and renovated for a new generation of residents. Renovations to the downtown area have restored the early day atmosphere of downtown, as quaint shops provide visitors with a wide variety of antiques, gifts, and clothing.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Oil Mansions

Okmulgee is very uncommon. Steeped in history, Okmulgee is home to an eclectic mix of people, buildings, and cultures. Oilmen and money carved Okmulgee out of terra cotta and stone. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state.

Okmulgee, OK Historic Homes

Okmulgee Library

The Okmulgee Public Library, organized in 1907 by a local women's civic organization, was incorporated in 1910, and became a department of the City in 1914. The present Library building, the result of $100,000 in bonds voted for library purposes, was dedicated May 27, 1922

Okmulgee, OK Historic Buildings

"Skyscraper"

The Commerce Building, Okmulgee's Skycraper, was built by the Commerce Investment Company in 1921

Okmulgee, OK Historic Buildings

Okmulgee Golf Course

For golfers, Okmulgee Country Club's course is open to the public on weekdays. Established in 1920 with a "very average" course, the country club now boasts of having one of the better 9-hole courses in the state. It is an attractive course benefiting from an aggressive tree planting program.

Okmulgee, OK Golf Courses

Orpheum Theatre

Entertainment came of age in Okmulgee as a result of oil money. Okmulgee was home to two Vaudeville theatres, one of which still stands today. The Orpheum Theatre has undergone renovation and features first run movies and special events today. The Cook Theatre was built by L.H.D. Cook (

Okmulgee, OK Historic Theatres

Things to do near Okmulgee, OK

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Main Street Oil Well

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