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Ottawa County, OK

Ottawa CountyOttawa County is rich with Native American heritage. The county was once owned totally by Indians. Today, the Seneca-Cayuga, Eastern Shawnee and the Quapaw are the only tribes of the Miami area who own any appreciable amount of trust land in the area.

Over a century ago, 153 Modoc men, women, and children arrived at Baxter Springs, Kansas, as prisoners of war. The group was composed for the most part by women and children. It was decided that the Modocs would be located temporarily at Seneca Station on Eastern Shawnee land. In 1874, the government purchased 4,040 acres of land for the Modocs from the Eastern Shawnee. Today, the descendent of the Modoc exiles are productive and respected members of the community.

As a nation, the Ottawa Indians were the finest of canoemen, expert hunters and very cautious warriors, never feeling the wrath of other Indian tribes. The Ottawans were never a subjected people. In 1832, the bands of the Ottawa were granted a reservation of 74,000 acres in Franklin County, Kansas. Most Ottawas moved under protest. During the Civil War, the Ottawa reservation became a refuge for the Quapaws, Senecas, Shawnees and some Osages. The chief of the Shawnee, grateful for Ottawa hospitality, told their chief that if theOttawas ever wanted to move, the Shawnees would sell them part of their reservation.

The Ottawas purchased land from the Shawnees in 1867, and moved to Indian Territory. The Quapaws are one of the eight tribes situated in Ottawa County, having been relocated here from Arkansas following the 1833 Treaty.

The Seneca were from New York's Genesse County. They were so confident of the strength of their warriors that they could walk fearlessly from New York to the Carolinas. To be a Seneca was to be a member of one of the most respected Indian tribes in North America.

In 1832, a band of Shawnees set out from Ohio on a journey to Indian Territory. By December, 1832, they arrived in what is now Ottawa County. They were to join the Senecas who had reached the territory in July 1832. The Wyandot people belong to the Iroquoin linguistic family. At the time of their discovery by the French, they were located in present Ontario, Canada, east of Lake Huron. In 1859, 33,000 acres of Seneca land was awarded to the Wyandots in order to repay an old act of friendship. The government did not approve the action until the 1867 Omnibus Treaty was made.

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Outdoor Murals

The local artist, Nick Calcagno, illustrates the history of Ottawa County on the side of the Osborn Drug building located at West Central and Main.

Miami, OK Arts

The Coleman Theatre

The Coleman Theatre Beautiful, its original name, was built by George L. Coleman, Sr. at a cost of $590,000. The 120 x 150

Miami, OK Theatres

Courthouse and War Memorial

On the front lawn of the Ottawa County Courthouse is a Memorial to servicemen who fought for our country in the foreign wars.

Miami, OK Memorials

The Stables

The Stables in Miami, Oklahoma is the finest entertainment facility in northeast Oklahoma. A joint venture of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, the Stables offers over 400

Miami, OK Casinos

National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

The National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum is a nationally recognized tribute to the leading street rod and custom car builders throughout the country. The 40,000 Sq. Ft. facility houses over 40

Afton, OK Museums

Historic Route 66 -

The "Mother Road" inspired books, songs, and a television series. It stretched from Lake Michigan to the Pacific, dotted with mom and pop businesses. Route 66

Miami, OK Landmarks

Dobson Museum

Browsing through the displays and exhibits in the Dobson Memorial Center Museum, Ottawa County's colorful past reaches out as the artifacts themselves act as a testimonial to the area's history throughout the lives of its residents. The Museum is run by the Ottawa County Historical Society.

Miami, OK Museums


Picher Mining Field Museum, Inc

Lead and Zinc specimens, artifacts.

Picher, OK Museums

Peoria Ridge Golf Course

Northeast Oklahoma's Premier Public Golf Facility is opened in September of 1999, and offers Corporate and Individual Memberships, Tournaments and Outings, and Professional Instruction.

Miami, OK Golf Courses

The Coves Golf Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Afton, OK Golf Courses

Shangri-La Resort -Blue

Course Access: Resort
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1

Afton, OK Golf Courses

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