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Sequoyah's Salt Works


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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.

Salt was obtained by boiling water from salt springs in large kettles set atop wood-fired furnaces. As the water evaporated, the crystalized salt was ladled out of the kettle and deposited on a lower portion of the furnace. After cooling it was put into barrels for shipment. Although most salt made in Indian Territory was used locally, some was sold as far away as New Orleans.

In 1828, the Cherokees were removed from western Arkansas to present day Oklahoma. Sequoyah, in exchange for a salt works he owned in Arkansas, was given a salt spring located nine miles northeast of his homesite.

Sequoyah operated this salt works until his death in the 1840s.

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Admission: ADMISSION FREE
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
CLOSED: Monday and State Holidays
Address: North from Sallisaw on U.S. 59 ( 3 miles), then east on State Hwy. 101 (7 miles)
Phone: 918-775-2413

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Outdoor Mural

This nearly block-long mural illustrates historical events throughout Sequoyah County in a collage of 21 paintings.

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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.

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Sequoyah Statue

Sequoyah, the Cherokee soldier and teacher, gained world-wide fame when he devised the Cherokee syllabary. His statue is in the Nation's Capitol as one of Oklahoma's two greatest men. The giant redwood trees of California are named for him. The statue is located on the grounds of Sequoyah'

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Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm

At the Overstreet-Kerr Farm visitors may glimpse life on this working farm as it was in the early 20th century. See the lavishly restored, 1895, antique filled, 14-room pioneer home that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places

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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.

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