Osage Indians were living in the area in the 1700's and early 1800's. Without the consent of the Osage, from 1817 to 1830, the Cherokee Indians who were forced out of their lands east of the Mississippi were given possession to most of northeastern Oklahoma, obtaining all the area of what was to become Nowata County. The Cherokees and Osage fought a number of battles over their differences until, in 1838, a band of Cherokees and Delawares attacked the Osage in the Claremore Mounds Massacre. The remaining Osage fled into Kansas. The tribe later moved near Bartlesville then into Osage County in 1871 and 1872. The Deleware Indian Tribe came to the area in 1867 when the tribe was forced off its lands in the Lawrence, Kansas area following the Civil War.
Notawa County has a population approaching 10,000, with Nowata being the county seat and largest city at approximately 3900 citizens.
Rich in heritage from the Indian culture to the wild and woolly oil boom days, Nowata County is still rich in hometown folks that welcome you to visit, tour, or call the area home.
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The original courthouse was destroyed by fire on January 30, 1909. The new building was completed in 1912 at a cost of $69,594.64.
Adjacent to the Courthouse is the War Memorial Park. The first stone was set in 1950 by the Newton Martin McKellar Post Number 101Nowata, OK Historic Courthouses
The Noweta Lodge was built by a conglomerate in 1910 and was originally named, the Campbell Hotel, which is the name appearing on the cornice of the building. J. E. Campbell and Emma Journeycake (daughter of Delaware Chief Charles Journeycake) were married on January 17, 1878Nowata, OK Historic Hotels