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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

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 Downtown - Severs Block

Springing up as a trading area around the Creek Council House, downtown Okmulgee grew by leaps and bounds in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state. The Servers Block was a testament to one of Okmulgee'

Okmulgee, OK Historic Districts

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

"Skyscraper"

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

Okmulgee, OK Historic Buildings

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

Things to do near Okmulgee, OK

Elks Arts and Crafts Show

The Pryor Elks Lodge is hosting an Arts and Crafts Show, featuring over 30 venders. You'll find everything from hand crafted...

1920's Jail

Relic from oil boom days. ...

Thomas-Foreman Home

Original Furnishings, private collections. ...

Dewey Hotel Museum

1899 hotel with period furnishings. ...