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Wewoka, Oklahoma

Wewoka, Oklahoma

Capitol of Seminole Indian Nation

For a glimpse as to what it is like to live in the very center of the United States, a visit to Wewoka will give you an accurate picture. A look at a map of the United States reveals WEWOKA as the true HUB OF THE COUNTRY.

Here is a community rich in history, diverse in population, unlimited in educational and recreational opportunities, and easily accessible to other places of interest in the state.

Enjoy an experience that will live in your memory by visiting Wewoka, which means "Barking Waters" in the Seminole language. Take a trip back in time to the Indian Territory days where in 1866 three cultures came together in the untried lands of Central Oklahoma to build a city like no other.

With the signing of the Treaty of 1866, the federal government commissioned Elijah Brown to bring the Northern Seminoles back to their new nation and set up a new capital city. He chose as the sight for the new capital, the present city of Wewoka. Seventeen years earlier, a Freedman leader, Gopher John, had made a temporary settlement on the north bank of the Wewoka Creek. They had given the name Wewoka, "Barking Water," to the settlement because of the noise made by the small falls located just east of the settlement.

In 1866, a trading post was built, and in 1867, the first Post Office was commissioned with Elijah Brown named as the Post-master.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Seminole Nation Museum

Founded in 1974 by the citizens of Wewoka, the Seminole Nation Museum documents the history and culture of the Seminole Indian Nation, the Freedmen, and the early Oklahoma Pioneers since 1849.

Wewoka, OK Museums

Wewoka Library

One of the most beautiful small libraries of Oklahoma belongs to Wewoka. Founded in 1929, its architecture is reminiscent of New England. It has been recently renovated, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wewoka, OK Historic Buildings

Seminole Tribal Complex

The Seminoles are a very proud people, devoted to their heritage and traditions. They believe strongly in their culture, which is displayed in many ways, including Stomp Dances Art, Storytelling, Music, and the devotion to their loved ones who pass on.

Wewoka, OK Ethnic Heritage

Whipping Tree

Standing on the lawn of the present day Seminole County Court House is the Whipping Tree where the Seminoles punished their criminals prior to 1907.

Wewoka, OK Ethnic Heritage


Things to do near Wewoka, OK

Museum of Art

University of Central Oklahoma - Original artwork from world cultures. ...

Meeker Lake

Water Recreation, Fishing, Hunting, Primitive Camping. ...

Horsethief Canyon

Equestrian trail rides, hiking, camping....

Yukon's Best Flour and Grain Co

Restored in 1989, sign atop Yukon's landmark grain elevator lights up nighttime skies....