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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

Creek Council House Museum

The heart of Okmulgee is the town square featuring the Creek Council House Museum. Erected in 1878, the museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is acknowledged as a National Historic Landmark. The Museum was established in 1923

Okmulgee, OK Museums

OSU-Okmulgee

OSU-Okmulgee is a vital part of the community. The university, with a world-class reputation, provides over 40 degree programs in advancing technologies and an outstanding culinary arts program as well.

Okmulgee, OK Colleges

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

Historic Churches

Episcopal Church - Built in 1902, the building was originally the home of the Methodist Church and remained so until 1911, when it was purchased by the Episcopal Church for the sum of $2,000. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Okmulgee, OK Historic Churches


Things to do near Okmulgee, OK

Delaware County Historical Museum

Indian artifacts, historical items. ...

Scissortail Gallery of Fine Art

Original oil, acrylic, pen and ink, clayboard and bronze pieces from national Wildlife artists and "Cowboy Artists of America...