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

Shadow Creek Country Club

18 holes, bent grass greens, open to the public. South on Wheeler Street 1.5 miles, veer left at the curve and continue under the interstate.

Sallisaw, OK Golf Courses

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

Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Established to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, the refuge lies at the junction of the Canadian and Arkansas Rivers and contains 20,800 acres, half of which is water.

Sallisaw, OK Wildlife Refuges

Sequoyah's Salt Works

Salt was a valuable commodity in the early 1800s. Besides being used as a seasoning, it was also used in food preparation and leather tanning. Salt also served as a medium of exchange in the West.

Sallisaw, OK Ethnic Heritage

Blue Ribbon Downs

Blue Ribbon Downs is Oklahoma's oldest racing facility and first pari-mutuel race track. Located on 165 acres bordered on the south by I-40 and on the north by Highway 64, is only 20 miles west of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 101 miles southeast of Tulsa and 159

Sallisaw, OK Race Tracks

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