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Mayes County, OK

Mayes CountySunshine, clear blue water and friendly people await visitors in the Mayes County communities. Attractions include the magnificent mile long Pensacola Dam which is the world's largest multiple arch dam. The town of Disney welcome's you to the annual Picture in Scripture Amphitheater where record breaking crowds watch a cast of 60 perform the biblical account of Jonah, Jesus, and the great whale.

This region has a rich cultural history. Until the 1830's this area was part of the hunting ground of the Osage Indian tribe. In 1796, Major Jean Pierre Chouteau opened a trading post near present day Salina, on the shores of Lake Hudson. The trading post encouraged fur trapping along the Grand River and its tributaries. This site significantly became the oldest white settlement in the state, and the Chouteau Museum commemorates this colorful history.

Near the town of Chouteau is Mazi which is near where the Union Mission was established in 1820. It was at this mission that the first school in the state was organized in 1821, the first printing press was located, and the first book published in Oklahoma was printed in 1835.

We hope you enjoy your visit in each city as you travel throughout Mayes County.

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Paradise Tree

The first tree planted in the state of Oklahoma was the Paradise Tree. It was brought over from France by A. P. Chouteau, son of Jean Pierre, in 1802 and planted by Major Jean Pierre Chouteau. Auguste Peirre Chouteau graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1806

Salina, OK Natural Attractions

Coo-Y-Yah Museum

Indian artifacts of Mayes County.

Pryor, OK Museums

Free Boat Ramps to Hudson Lake

North Boat Ramp - A free boat launch is provided by the Salina Lions Club located at the west side of town just off the east side of the bridge on Highway 20 at N. Grace Street. There is also a winter fishing house located at the launch.

 

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Salina, OK Recreation


J. B. Milam Memorial Marker

J. BARTLEY MILAM, Principal Chief of the Cherokees. The Cherokee government had been dismantled in 1907 when Oklahoma became a state. In 1941, Milam was appointed Chief for a year by Franklin D. Roosevelt and was reappointed until his death in 1949

Salina, OK Memorials

T38 Talon

The T38 Talon Training Plane was flown into Salina by Commander Burl "Peanuts" Rice and a memotial plaque reads: "In honor of all the men and women of Mayes County who have served in the armed forces of our great country in peace and war. The Cleo Farr Post #240

Salina, OK Aviation

Historic Springhouse

The Stone Well House was built in the 1840's and is the oldest structure in the city and county. It was used as a water supply at the time for the Cherokee Indian Orphan Asylum. The Cherokee Indian Orphan Asylum was built in 1875 and was located where Salina's Old Gymnasium now stands.

Salina, OK Pioneer History

Saline Courthouse

Only original remaining Cherokee courthouse.

Locust Grove, OK Ethnic Heritage

Civil War Monument

Second Battle of Cabin Creek.

Pensacola, OK Monuments


Historic Dalton Gang Robbery

The Dalton Gang Train Robbery at Adair, I.T. It was their most daring deed to date, on Thursday July 14, 1892, eight members of the Dalton held up the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas train at Adair, I.T.

Adair, OK History


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