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When Oklahoma was Indian Territory the southeastern section was assigned to the Choctaw Nation when they were relocated from Mississippi in the 1830s. McCurtain County is named for Green McCurtain who was chief of the Choctaws at that time. Many local place names are Choctaw words.
Bokchito (boke-cheeto) is big creek. Bok is Choctaw for "a stream or creek" and chito is "large, big or grand."
Bokhoma, a settlement in the southern part of the county, means "red river." Humma is "red." Oklahoma is also a Choctaw word. Okla is "people, a nation, a tribe, mankind, folks, inhabitants."
Boktuklo - Tuklo (tooklo) is "a pair, double." North of Golden community two branches of Boktuklo creek flow side by side. Another Boktuklo creek enters Mountain Fork river south of Smithville.
Kullituklo (cully tooklo) was an early Choctaw settlement and is also the name of a recreation area in the Tiak section of the Ouachita National Forest. Kulli is "wells" so the name means two wells or perhaps two springs. Tiak (tee ahk) is Choctaw for "pine trees or "pine forest." Ouachita (wah' she taw) is not Choctaw, but is a Caddo word translated "cow" and thought to refer to the woods buffalo once prevalent in the area. Prehistorically this region was the home of Caddo Indian tribes.
Yashau (yash awe) creek probably got its name from the Choctow word, aiachefa, washpot. This stream, with clear water flowing over large rocks, must have been a convenient washing place in early days.
Hochatown - derives from hochaffo meaning "to hunger" or "to starve." This suggests that the original Indian settlement (now under Broken Bow reservoir) was very poor or frequently suffered hard times. It may have been named by early arrivals on the Choctaw's Trail of Tears.
Lukfata - (luke fahta) means white clay. Lukfata creek runs though deposits of whitish, light gray clay.
Alikchi (ah lick she) is "a doctor, one who practices medicine." could a medicine man have once lived on this creek, or were sweat lodges nearby?
Yanubbe - (yah' nubby) creek gets its name from the Choctaw word, iyanabi, ironwood, (hophornbeam or blue beech, a small, hard wood tree common to the area).
Kiamichi, (ky ah mee' shee) is not Choctaw. This name of a river and a mountain range is thought to have derived from a Caddo word or uncertain meaning, possible referring to water.
Explore McCurtain County
What makes a "Champion Tree?"
Oklahoma's Champion Tree Register is a cooperative project of the Oklahoma Society of American Foresters, the Oklahoma Forestry Association and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, forestry Services.
Champion Trees are measured by their "bigness,"Idabel, OK Tours
The old rock Wheelock church is the oldest church building in Oklahoma, built in 1846. Across the road is a cemetery, the final resting place of reverend Alfred Wright, physician and missionary to the Choctaw Indians who translated the New Testament and many other books into their native language.Broken Bow, OK Historic Churches
This is one in a 50 state series of "Trail of Tears" sculptures by Hungarian artist, Peter Toth. Mr. Peter Wolf Toth came to Oklahoma to sculpt Oklahoma's Indian monuments. Mr. Toth's goal in life was to complete at least one sculpture in each of the fifty states. To date, he has done 67Broken Bow, OK Arts
Come into the great outdoors! See and hear elk bugling on a crisp fall morning, wolves howling in a snowy arctic scene. Finally see the fish that live in the legendary Fluecy Creek. These and other wildlife dioramas are designed to educate and entertain all age groups.
Broken Bow, OK Museums
Over 1.6 million acres of natural wonders awaits you at one of the three national forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Ouachita National Forest is the oldest national forest in the South. The forest is named for the Ouachita Mountains, (pronounced, Wash'ita)Idabel, OK National Forests
It is the kind of golf course one would imagine finding in a pristine, pine-laden wilderness. And, in fact, the 18 holes that constitute Cedar Creek Golf Course were literally carved out of the wilds (the golf course abuts the McCurtain County Wilderness Area)Broken Bow, OK Golf Courses
This premier birdwatching and waterfowl hunting area has sighted more than 270 bird species, including many that are rare to Oklahoma and not found elsewhere in the state. Birders have likened this area to the Gulf Coast habitats of Louisiana and Florida. The 5,814Idabel, OK Wildlife Preserves