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Choctaw County, OK

Choctaw CountyUnlike Western Oklahoma's flat, red and dry lands, Choctaw and surrounding counties abound with beautiful wilderness rivers and streams and numerous lakes. The area is often billed as a "Sportsman's Paradise" because of plentiful game and fishing opportunities in, and surrounding Hugo and Choctaw County. Much of this outdoor paradise lies in and around the Kiamichi (Ki-A-Mee-Chee) Mountains and the Kiamichi River, from which the Hugo Lake is formed. Though once believed to be an Indian word, the word 'Kiamichi' was introduced by early French explorers, who found the area abounding with wild game, and also a very large and outspoken woodpecker. They named the bird and the area 'Kiamichi' --their word for "raucous bird."

Hugo is the county seat of Choctaw County, located in deep Southeast Oklahoma, approximately 60 miles from the Arkansas and Louisiana borders, and 25 miles north of Paris, Texas.

In these early settlement days, supplies were brought into Fort Towson 15 miles east of Hugo. Fort Towson, built in 1824 along with Ft. Gibson in anticipation of the coming of the Five Civilized Tribes, became a hub trading village. Today Fort Towson gains in historical significance as History buffs discover that it was there that the very last treaty ending the Civil War was signed By Brigadier General Stand Watie, the last Confederate general officer to surrender and lay down his arms on June 23, 1865.

On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Navy honored Choctaw County with the naming of a ship. The upcoming vessel--a Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)--simultaneously honored the three American counties named Choctaw County, in Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. "I grew up in Choctaw County, Miss., where people work hard to raise their families and provide for their children," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said when he announced the naming. "I chose to name JHSV after Choctaw County to honor those men and women who represent rural America." USNS Choctaw County will bear hull number JHSV-2. The swords on its coat of arms symbolize cooperation and teamwork and the JHSV's capability to transport both U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps personnel and their military vehicles.

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Frisco Depot Museum

The Frisco Depot Museum built in 1914 is the third largest depot on Frisco rail lines in Oklahoma. The museum was formed when the Choctaw County Historical Society obtained control of the Frisco Depot and began its restoration in 1978

Hugo, OK Museums

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Hugo's Mount Olivet Cemetery is internationally famous for its Showman's Rest section which includes a special section of Circus Tents and Animals as monuments to the men and women who spent their lives entertaining American children and families as Circus performers.

Hugo, OK Cemeteries

"Circus City USA"

To circus fans Hugo, Oklahoma is known as "Circus City USA" because it is winter quarters for three of America's largest Circuses: Carson & Barnes, Kelly-Miller & Culpepper-Merryweather. Hugo's Mount Olivet Cemetery is internationally famous for its Showman'

Hugo, OK Animal Parks

Goodland Academy - Presbyterian Children's Home

The oldest continuously operated Christian children's home in America, Goodland is located two miles south of Hugo. Operated by the Presbyterian Church, the home continues to enrich the lives of young men who are residents of the school. The Church building served for 42

Hugo, OK Historic Schoolhouses

Chainsaw Sculpture at The Village Inn

The Chainsaw Sculpture at the Village Inn was carved in 2007, from a dead Live Oak Tree, by well known chainsaw sculptor Clayton Coss. The sculpture depicts a 10

Hugo, OK Arts

Rose Hill Historical Marker

One time noted plantation home of Col. Robert M. Jones, wealthiest Choctaw owner of 500 slaves. A Southern leader, he served as delegate from Choctaw Nation to the Confederate Congress at Richmond, VA. Baptist Mission of \"Providence\" nearby, closed about 1843

Hugo, OK Historical Markers

Fort Towson Historic Site

The ruins and artifacts at the site of Historic Fort Towson, listed on the National Register of Historic Places is all that remained when the Oklahoma Historical Society acquired the site in 1960. The fort was established in May 1824

Fort Towson, OK Forts


Rock Creek Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
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Hugo, OK Golf Courses

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