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Self-Guided Tour of Historic Tahlequah


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Self-Guided Tour of Historic Tahlequah History is one of Tahlequah's most valuable resources, much of it in the history of the Cherokee Nation ... to a Civil War cabin ... to homes of townspeople at the turn of the century.

The self-guided tour starts downtown at the Cherokee Square and guides you through each turn as you travel the streets to each location. There are 13 points of interest on the tour with explanations of each site, but we hope you will keep your eyes open to the many buildings of architectural or historical significance.

Pictured above is one of the homes on the tour, the Johnson Thompson Home at 127 West Keetoowah Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The style of this two-story brick home is modified Gothic. A revival of the Gothic style took place from 1835 to 1880. Tall, slelnder windows emphasize a vertical effect. Johnson Thompson, one of the wealthiest merchants in Indian Territory, built the house in 1880.


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Tsa-La-Gi Outdoor Theater

Also located on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center is the Tsa-La-Gi Theater, a 1,200

Tahlequah, OK Theatres

The First Telephone

Here in September, 1885, the first telephone in Oklahoma was connected for service. It was the first telephone in the Mississippi Valley west of St. Louis. The company was organized by a group of Cherokees, namely, D.W. Lipe, L.B. Bell, R.M. Wolfe, J.S. Stapler, J.B. Stapler, and E.D. Hicks.

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The Cherokee Advocate

The Cherokee Advocate
Vol 1, Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, Thursday, September 9, 1844

As a tribute to Oklahoma's first legal newspaper, The Cherokee Advocate, was established in 1844 in a building approximately 100' from the location (of this maker.)

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Statue of Liberty Replica

With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States.

The Boy Scouts of America

Dedicated this replica of the statue of liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty.

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Cherokee Heritage Center

The Cherokee Heritage Center, operated by the Cherokee National Historical Society, is located three miles south of Tahlequah, on the original site of the Cherokee Female Seminary. This remote area, covered with dense underbrush, was cleared in the mid-1960

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