Marietta is the county seat of Love County and the center for economic and historical interests, and wherein stands Oklahoma's first county courthouse built after statehood. Three museums provide a full chronicle of history in this area.
On the south side of Lake Murray in the northeastern part of Love County, stands the ominous Tucker Tower, the castle-like structure standing 77 stories above the shoreline, built in the early thirties by WPA workers initially as a summer retreat for the governor. Today it is the center for natural history.
Love County was formerly part of Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. It was later consolidated with Oklahoma Territory to form the State of Oklahoma in 1907. The county was named in honor of Overton Love, a Chickasaw Indian rancher who was forced to move from Mississippi in 1843 on the Trail of Tears and settled in what is now called "Loves Valley," southeast of Marietta. He became a prominent judge of the Chickasaw Nation and one of its largest land owners.
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This unique octagonal architecture with four impressive columns at each of four entrances is Oklahoma's first county courthouse built after statehood. The cornerstone of Nelson Georgia Marble was laid during Masonic ceremonies on April 29, 1910. The building was dedicated on November 24Marietta, OK Historic Courthouses
Tucker Tower Nature Center is not only a great place to visit, with its many interesting and educational displays and exhibits, it also has a history as colorful as the view from high atop the tower. Tucker's Tower sits on a steeply dipping outcrop named the Devil'Marietta, OK Historic Buildings