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Historic Courthousesmore

Adair County Courthouse
Adair County CourthouseAfter Governor Charles N. Haskell's declaration on May 6, 1910, that Stilwell was the permanent county seat of Adair County, the county records were moved from Westville to Stilwell for the last time.

A two-story frame school building, erected in 1902, was used until 1908 when a new brick building was built. Another courthouse was built in 1920 patterned after the Sequoyah County Courthouse using native stone. This building was used until it was questionably burned on December 30, 1929. Again county officials had to occupy rented quarters at $100.00 per month.

The current courthouse was completed in 1931, and stands on the same place as the previous stone building. The courthouse is constructed of granite, steel, and concrete and its cornice is faced with molded figures of Native American figureheads across the entire front.

In 1992, a veteran's memorial was dedicated on the front lawn of the courthouse.

Memorialsmore

Veteran's Memorial
Veteran's MemorialIn 1992, this patriotic memorial to the veteran's of all wars was dedicated on the front lawn of the Adair County Courthouse.

"Lest We Forget" those men who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the peace and security of their fellow man.

Railroad Historymore

The Old Kansas City Southern Railroad Station
The Old Kansas City Southern Railroad Station"On a day in the fall of 1996, I took my camera to take a nostalgic photograph of a landmark that has been familiar to me all my life - the old Kansas City Southern Railroad Station. On a quiet afternoon or early morning, if one listens carefully and allows his imagination to go back in time, the whistles might be heard announcing the twice-daily approaches of the Flying Crow or the Southern Belle passenger trains."
- Resident, Betty Starr Barker.

The Kansas City Southern Railroad dis-continued is passenger service in the early 70s and soon after closed the depot. It was given to the city of Stilwell. Through the years, it has been occupied by various groups, and its current fate is in jeopardy because of the Highway 59 bypass. The Depot Committee has been formed to study the possibility of saving the building, however, a large part of the funding will have to be used first just to relocate the building.

History

The first move to build a railroad from Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico had its beginning when Mr. E.L. Martin, a former mayor of Kansas City, held a franchise for building a belt line railroad around Kansas City. He involved Arthur E. Stilwell who assisted in securing capital from Philadelphia investors.

With completion of the Kansas City Suburban Belt Line, Stilwell and his associates soon laid plans fro a new railroad - the long-awaited direct line to the Gulf - and were the only ones that carried the project to completion.

The line was built by creating various construction companies to build various sections of the line and by buying and/or leading small existing railroads that could readily be incorporated into the system. On December 3, 1892, the directors approved the name change of the railroad to the Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Gulf Railway. Two more lines were acquired by the KCP&G in 1893 and 1894. In order for the KCP&G to build from Sulphur Springs, the railroad had to cross Indian Territory. Permission to construct across Indian lands was approved February 27, 1893.

In late 1898, the line's financial problems were so severe that it was necessary to seek support from eastern interests. These new stockholders sought to gain control of the company for themselves. On April 1, 1899, the road was forced into receivership. On May 19, 1900, the Kansas City Southern Railway Company was incorporated to acquire the Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Gulf, its subsidiaries, the Kansas City Terminal lines and the control of the Port Arthur facilities.

Subsequent events and presidents have caused the Kansas City Southern to grow, expand, and prosper. It has increased its mileage, capacity, and operating efficiency to a point that today, it is one of the most viable enterprises in the railroad industry. The KCS has contributed to or caused not only the development of major resources in these states, but it has helped to assure the utilization of the region's vast resources and development of new industries.

Historic Theatresmore

Eagle Theater
Eagle TheaterMovies. The name conjures up an era of innocence watered by cold soda pop and fertilized by the smell of hot, buttered popcorn. It recalls the excitement of a well-shaven hero, a beautiful virtuous heroine, and the happy memories of yesteryear.

With the advent of television, followed by video rentals, the old movie theaters suffered throughout the nation. Sometimes, however, a theater continues to operate because it offers something more than facilities, because it is, within itself, more magical than the fantasy plots it shows. In Stilwell, such a phenomenon exists; and it has entertained Adair Countians for five or more generations.

Early history of the Eagle Theater is vague, but the "Opera House" was the 1920s forerunner of today's theater. The Phillips family - first father and later son - operated and later purchased the business, and it was relocated to the spot where it has remained. The Phillips' only remodeling effort occurred in 1953 when the long lights inside the auditorium were added and the restrooms were redone. After that, only the technical equipment was occasionally updated.

Stilwell's Eagle Theater was in danger of being closed permanently following the deaths of the last Phillips owners until longtime residents, the Migglettos, showed an interest in buying the business. When they tackled the massive cleanup job they discovered just what they had bought. In dusty corners and stacked on tables and shelves they found treasures - an early carbon arc projector, old lights, and dozens of vintage movie posters, some piled on tables, others repacked into their original cylinders 40 years ago. They discovered that the technical equipment now in use was purchased in 1960. They learned that several of the seats came from the original opera house, and that a second section was almost as ancient. They discovered a 78 rpm record player along with a collection of records from the Big Band Era - and there is a possibility the player itself is even older.

Today, stepping into the Eagle Theater is like going back in time at least 30 or possibly 40 years. The unique smell of richly buttered movie popcorn (popcorn machine circa 1946) drifts into the street, and the owners sell tickets and serve soft drinks at the new counter, an absolutely necessary modern addition that replaced an ancient soft-drink vending machine.

In the theater itself, one can sit in the same seat one's grandfather sat in 60 years ago. The tiny 45 (or perhaps 55?) year-old lamps glow as the long, modern (only 39 years old) lights dim and the 31 year-old projector begins, offering movies six nights a week.

Historic Courthousesmore

Flint Courthouse
Flint CourthouseIn 1840, when the Western Cherokee Nation was organized, there were nine districts created. Flint and Goingsnake were two districts located in what is now the Adair County area. Flint was the smallest of these districts. Since log houses were the standards of that day and time, the various courthouses were of log construction. As to when and where the original log building was built in the Flint District is not known, in 1880, the Cherokee government appropriated $1200 for each district to replace their courthouses. So at Flint, a new courthouse was constructed. This one was a large two-story frame building and was painted white. The first floor had two rooms. Behind the entrance hall, which held two stairways, led to the large courtroom, on the second floor. Two large stone constructed chimneys were on each end of the building, servicing four fireplaces (two on each floor.)

The location of the Flint courthouse and the town of Mays was on the banks of the Sallisaw Creek in Section 10, T-15-N, R-25-E, of what is now Adair County. It was located on the "Old Military Road" from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Fort Gibson, I.T. There was also another road up the Sallisaw Creek to Evansville, Arkansas.

Many important trials, both civil and criminal cases. were disposed of at the Flint Courthouse during the days when the laws of the Cherokee Nation prevailed. Crimes, involving Cherokee versus Cherokee, were under the jurisdiction of the Cherokee courts; whereas, cases or crimes committed by Indians versus white, were handled by the United States Court at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 1894, when the Kansas City and Pittsburgh Railway Company was making plans to continue the route from Siloam Springs further south, the engineers were sent to survey and establish the route for the new railroad. A new president, Arthur Stilwell, made different plans to establish the new division point to be three and one-half miles north of Mays. The trade center a Mays was "doomed to oblivion." In 1902, the federal courts ended the authority of the Cherokee government. The old Flint court in Mays was sold, dismantled and used to build a hotel in Stilwell.

In 1977, the Adair County Historical Society appealed to the Oklahoma State Legislature for a grant to build a memorial structure to be built on the site of the old Flint courthouse. A log structure, conforming closely to those of the era of the 1800s, was built. It was located on the exact site of the former courthouse. Today, the Cherokee Nation retains the ownership of this property and at the present time, it is badly in need of repairs.

Monumentsmore

Starr Springs Monument
Starr Springs MonumentThe Starr Springs area was first settled by the Benjamin Cooper family in 1834. It was the site of the Andrew Adair and George Washington Adair massacre in 1853. The springs along with Shell Creek are the main sources for the headwaters of Sallisaw Creek. They were named for George Harlan Starr who purchased the property in 1867. He is buried in a family plot in the vicinity.

On May 12, 1911, the City of Stilwell entered into a lease agreement with George Harlan Starr's son, Samuel J. Starr and his wife Ruth, to supply water from Starr Springs to the inhabitants of Stilwell for a period of Ninety-nine (99) years.

Producing more than 500,000 gallons of water a day, Starr Springs was the sole source of water for the City of Stilwell for many years. The water was pure enough that it did not require treatment. Taking the place of numerous wells, Starr Springs played an important roll in the growth and development of business and industry in the expanding town of Stilwell. When industry demands became too great, the city had to look for other water sources and built Carson Lake in the Lyons Community to supplement the supply form the springs.

Starr Springs remains an important landmark. On November 25, 1995, a historical marker for Starr Springs was dedicated to the memory of family historian and genealogist, D.M. "Mack" Starr (1924-1995), great-grandson of George Harlan Starr.

Marker, Oklahoma Historical Society, 224 - 1995.

Monumentsmore

Fairfield Mission Monument
Fairfield Mission Monument"Established among the western Cherokees by Dr. Marcus Palmer in 1829 under the auspices of Boston based American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. First located in Pope County, Arkansas Territory, and known as Mulberry Mission.

Other missionaries serving at Fairfield included Dr. Elizur Butler, Rev. Charles C. Torrey, and teachers, Clarissa Palmer, Lucy Butler, Addie Torrey, and Esther Smith. A circulation library of 150 volumes was established there in 1832 and was likely the first such library in Oklahoma.

The mission, discontinued in 1859, was located on Sallisaw Creek about 8 miles SW of Stilwell. The mission cemetery is now known as the McLemore Cemetery."

Marker, Oklahoma Historical Society, 63-1995

Dignitariesmore

Stilwell Dignitaries

Larry E. Adair - A descendant of Thomas Wilson and Margaret Bigby Adair and Walter Duncan and Sabina Adair Bigby, Larry E. Adair was elected on November 7, 2000, to a tenth term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Rep. Adair, having served the previous term as speaker pro tempore, was elected to the postilion of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 48th legislative session.

Speaker Adair and his wife, Jan, both natives of Adair County, still make their home in Stilwell.

Brad Rogers Carson - On November 7, 2000, Brad Rogers Carson, descendant of Thomas Wilson and Margaret Adair Bigby and Walter Duncan and Sabina Adair Bigby, was elected as the Congressman for the Second District of Oklahoma.

He is the only enrolled Native American member of the United States House of Representatives and is the Vice-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

His parents, Jack Carson and Jimmie Ruth Adair Carson are natives of Stilwell.

Historic Churchesmore

Old Baptist Mission
Old Baptist MissionThe establishment of the Baptist Mission marked the end of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Sunday services are still held in the 1888 church. The historical marker on the front lawn reads:

"About 4 miles north and west

Establsihed by Rev. Jesse Busyhead in 1839 and known as Breadtown by the Cherokee, Rev. Evan Jones was missionary in charge. The Cherokee Messenger printed there beginning in August 1844, was the first periodical in Oklahoma.

The mission moved to Tahlequah in 1867. Bacone College at Muskogee, still in operation, is an outgrowth of this school at Baptist and Tahlequah."


Written on the front of the church - " Moved over Trail of Tears from Georgia - 1838"

Monumentsmore

Historic Monuments at Babtist Mission
Historic Monuments at Babtist MissionRobert Rodgers

A signer of the treaty of New Echota and grandfather of famed Will Rogers. Robert Rogers moved with his wife, Sally Vann, to Indian Territory about 1837, and established a home about 1 mile northwest. He was killed in 1842 in a tribal feud as were many of the treaty signers following the forced removal of the Cherokees in 1838-39. He is buried near his home site about 1/2 miles north and 3/4 mile west of here. His widow later married a Virginian, William Musgrove.

- Oklahoma Historical Society, 64-1995

Baptist Mission

Rev. Jesse Busyhead settled here in 1839 following the Cherokee removal from the east and held church services at his home until the Baptist Mission was established in 1841 by Rev. Evan Jones. This site was one of the ration stations known as GA-DU-HO-GA-DU, or Breadtown, by the Cherokee following the removal.

A Cherokee National School was founded near here in 1843 and the mission established a female seminary the same year. The Cherokee Messenger printed here beginning in August 1844 and was the first periodical in Oklahoma. The mission station was burned during the Civil War by the Confederates because of the anti-slavery teaching of the missionaries. While the mission never rebuilt, the church has continued to meet. The present church building was built in 1888.

- Oklahoma Historical Society, 62-1995


Cemeteriesmore

Baptist Mission Cemetery
Baptist Mission CemeteryMany early graves dating back to the days of the old Mission are marked for reverence.

Located across the street from the Old Babtist Mission Church built in 1888 and still in use.

Cemeteriesmore

Foreman Cemetery
Foreman CemeteryMany early graves dating back to the days of Westville's settlement are marked for reverence.

Recreationmore

Recreation

Deer and Small Game - Deer and small game are found in woods, fields, and forests in the Westville area. Hunting by permit in the Cookson Hills Game Refuge near Lake Tenkiller - turkey, quail, rabbit, squirrel, elk, and deer.

Stream Fishing - Stream fishing offers exciting recreation as the Illinois River, Baron Fork Creek and other small streams contain brown bass, bream, perch, catfish, and even trout.

Lakes - Bod Kidd Lake, located 9 miles east of Westville near Prairie Grove, Arkansas, developed by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, has become one of the area's most popular small lakes.
Lake Tenkiller - 35 miles southwest of Westville
Beaver Lake - 40 miles from Westville near Rogers, Arkansas

Grand Lake - 40 miles from Westville near Grove.
All are favorable for boating, fishing, and water recreation.

Float Trips - Float trips on the Illinois River begin 8 miles northwest of Westville and extend past Tahlequah, 30 miles to the west.

Rodeos - Westville - IPRA/ACRA Sanctioned
Stilwell - IPRA/ACRA Sanctioned
Hampton Indoor Arena - IPRA Sanctioned. Held various times throughout the year.
Lincoln, AR - IRA Sanctioned.
Siloam Springs, AR - Sanctioned by the IPRA.

Golf - Courses and driving ranges located in Siloam Springs, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Tahlequah.

Tennis Court - John Crittenden Tennis Courts located at the north end of Westville Public Schools offers 2 lighted tennis courts for family fun and enjoyment.

Swimming Pool - Westville is host to one of the few municipal swimming pools in the area. The pool is located on Buffington Road and open every summer.

Ball Parks - Baldor Ball Park offers multiple baseball/softball fields. Teams of all ages play ball at Baldor Park. Little League, High School, and Adult games are conducted all spring and summer. Located on Cemetery Road.

City Park - Westville City Park located on Buffington Road has a variety of facilities to offer. The park is the location of a new lighted asphalted walking track.

Camps - Camping for families is available in many different areas. Several private children's summer camps and religious camps in the immediate area.

5-K Runs - Westville hosts the Golden Eagle 5-K Run each year. Several area runs are held throughout the year.

City Library - John F. Henderson Library is open to the public six days a seek and has the latest technology to entertain the most inquisitive minds.

Community Activities - Westville offers many community activities for the residents of the area. Festivals and parades held throughout the year. Family Fun and entertainment is always a priority in the Westville community.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Old Cherokee Capitol Building
Old Cherokee Capitol BuildingThe Cherokee Council first met in 1839 under a large open shed in this area, then later in log buildings. During the Civil War, these were burned down by Cherokee General Stand Watie and his Confederate troops. After the war, the Council made provisions for a new building, and it was finished and occupied by 1870. The building was damaged by fire in 1928, and the interior was completely remodeled. Except for a few features, such as a cupola on the roof, and a vestibule at the front entrance, the exterior remains the same. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After statehood in 1907, the building served as Cherokee County Courthouse until 1979, when it was returned to the Cherokee Nation where is houses the court system and election board. A tour of the new capital complex, located south of town (built in May, 1978) will give insight into what the tribe is doing today.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Cherokee Supreme Court Building
Cherokee Supreme Court BuildingThis structure was built in 1845 by James S. Pierce to house the Cherokee National Supreme Court. The supreme and district court both held sessions here for some time. The "Cherokee Advocate" was also printed in this building for several years after the original Advocate building burned. About 1875, this court building was damaged by fire but was immediately restored.

It is the oldest government building in the state of Oklahoma and is in the process of restoration.

Monumentsmore

Cherokee Square Monuments

Several monuments of interest have been erected on Cherokee Square surrounding the Capitol Building.

* Monument to General Stand Watie the only full-blood Indian Brigadier General in the Confederate Army.

* Monument to John Ross: Principal Chief of the Cherokee, 1828 - 1866

* Miniature Statue of Liberty Erected in 1950 by the Boy Scouts of America during their 40th Anniversary Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty.

* Veterans Monument: Installed by the Disabled American Veterans and dedicated to all war veterans.

* Memorial to the Confederate Dead: Erected in 1913 by the Colonial William Penn Adair Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

* The Cherokee Advocate: First legal newspaper in Oklahoma, established September 26, 1884.

* First Telephone in Oklahoma and the first telephone in the Mississippi Valley west of St. Louis, 1885.

Monumentsmore

Monument to General Stand Watie
Monument to General Stand Watie

- In Honor of -

General Stand Watie

General Stand Watie - only full blood Indian Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. This brave Cherokee with his heroic regiment rendered inestimable services to the Confederate Cause of Indian Territory.

Born in Georgia, December 12, 1806, died in Cherokee Nation, September 9, 1871

- A tribute to his memory by the Oklahoma Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

"Lest We Forget"

Monumentsmore

Monument to John Ross
Monument to John Ross

John Ross 1790-1866

Principal Chief of the Cherokee, 1828 - 1866

Born October 3, 1790 in Turkeytown, Alabama, the son of a one-quarter Cherokee maiden and a Scotsman, John Ross was elected as the first Principal Chief of the Cherokee Indians in 1828 and served in that capacity for the next 38 and one half years until his death on August 1, 1866 in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as Principal Chief, John Ross vehemently resisted all efforts by the various states and federal government to undermine the sovereignty and removal proposals. After exhausting every legal avenue, the Cherokee people were forcibly removed west during the winter of 1838-39.

Much of his life was spent dealing with adversity. He was a veteran of the War of 1812, serving under his future adversary, Andrew Jackson. The removal of his people also cost the life of his beloved wife, Quatie. After removal the internal strife of a nation divided, the War Between the States, again divided his people and Chief Ross had to cope with the struggle for power between the United States and the Confederate States by trying to keep his people neutral.

Chief Ross was buried in Delaware when in 1867, a delegation was sent to return his remains to the Cherokee Nation. After lying in state for one month at the Cherokee National Male Seminary, his remains were interred at the Ross Cemetery at Park Hill. [south of Tahlequah]

Chief John Ross
Address to the National Council
Tahlequah, Indian Territory - October 5, 1857

"The surest safeguard for the nation must be found in the respect and confidence of the people; and those can be secured only by its affording that protection to life and prosperity for which it was instituted.

Dedicated this 27th day of October, 1990.

Memorialsmore

Memorial to the Confederate Dead
Memorial to the Confederate DeadErected in 1913 by the Colonial William Penn Adair Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Monumentsmore

The Cherokee Advocate
The Cherokee Advocate

The Cherokee Advocate
Vol 1, Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, Thursday, September 9, 1844

As a tribute to Oklahoma's first legal newspaper, The Cherokee Advocate, was established in 1844 in a building approximately 100' from the location (of this maker.)

The marker was dedicated September 6, 1957 by the Oklahoma Press Association and the Oklahoma Professional Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.


Markersmore

The First Telephone
The First TelephoneHere in September, 1885, the first telephone in Oklahoma was connected for service. It was the first telephone in the Mississippi Valley west of St. Louis. The company was organized by a group of Cherokees, namely, D.W. Lipe, L.B. Bell, R.M. Wolfe, J.S. Stapler, J.B. Stapler, and E.D. Hicks.

This monument was erected as a public service by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

Adjacent to this marker is another marker reading -

John Brian ( J.B.) Stapler

- The first man to speak on the telephone west of the Mississippi from Fort Gibson to Tahlequah.

Monumentsmore

Statue of Liberty Replica
Statue of Liberty Replica

With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States.

The Boy Scouts of America

Dedicated this replica of the statue of liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty.

40th Anniversary Crusade to strengthen the Arm of Liberty - 1950

Donated to the City of Tahlequah

by
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson

Field Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, William D. Kaufman, July, 1950

 


Historic Buildingsmore

Cherokee National Prison
Cherokee National PrisonThis sandstone building was erected in 1874 and originally had three stories. The third story was removed in 1925. The building and grounds were once enclosed by a high board fence, and gallows stood on the west side of the enclosure. At statehood, Cherokee County began using this as a jail until a new county jail was built a few years ago.

Museumsmore

Cherokee Heritage Center
Cherokee Heritage CenterThe Cherokee Heritage Center, operated by the Cherokee National Historical Society, is located three miles south of Tahlequah, on the original site of the Cherokee Female Seminary. This remote area, covered with dense underbrush, was cleared in the mid-1960s and transformed into an attraction Newsweek magazine once called, "One of America's Top Ten Off-the-Road Locations." The Ancient Village at Tsa-La-Gi opened in 1967 and gave visitors a glimpse of pre-contact Cherokee lifestyle.

The Cherokee Heritage Center offers many attractions and exhibits, like the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Cherokee National Museum, the Museum Shop and the Trail of Tears Exhibit.

Museumsmore

Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village
Tsa-La-Gi Ancient VillageThe Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village has been hailed as one of America's finest living museums. It recreates the lifestyle of the Cherokees during the 16th century, prior to European contact. Realistic in design, the Village captures the living conditions of the Cherokee People.

During the summer months, guided tours are given through the Village where visitors hear narratives about Cherokee history and customs, and witness villagers going about their daily routine. These tasks include preparation of food, making arrowheads and weapons, weaving baskets, playing stickball, working with clay, pottery and beads.

The inhabitants play equally important roles in carrying out the authenticity of the Village.

Museumsmore

The Cherokee National Museum
The Cherokee National MuseumThe Cherokee National Museum is the only facility devoted to the preservation of the heritage of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest American Tribe.

The 20,000 square foot building houses the Cherokee National Archives, the official Archives of the Cherokee Nation, and the Library. The Library consists of over 4,000 volumes related to Cherokee History and culture, including special collections of out-of-print bibles, books in the Cherokee language, and photographs related to Indian Territory. Approximately 55 hours of oral history tapes provide other research sources.

The Cherokee National Museum current exhibits include "Deferring to Our Elders," a profile of selected Cherokee elders, and "The Printed Word," a look at Cherokee newspapers, books, and other media, from 1844-1906.

Museumsmore

Adams Corner Rural Village
Adams Corner Rural VillageAdams Corner Rural Village is a detailed reconstruction of a small crossroads community of 1875 - 1890, in the final years of the old Cherokee Nation. The Heritage Farm exhibits livestock commonly found on Cherokee farms along with endangered domestic breeds.

Theatresmore

Tsa-La-Gi Outdoor Theater
Tsa-La-Gi Outdoor TheaterAlso located on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center is the Tsa-La-Gi Theater, a 1,200 seat outdoor amphitheater, nestled on a hillside where special programs are held, including the Trail of Tears drama, a must see evening of intense drama, pageantry, and dance, wherein unfolds the bittersweet story of the Cherokee, torn from his ancestral home in the Eastern highlands and forced to begin life anew in the strange and foreboding wilderness that would one day become the state of Oklahoma.

Museumsmore

Murrell Home
Murrell HomeThe Murrell Home was built in the new Cherokee Nation about 1845 by George M. Murrell. Murrell was a native Virginain who married Minerva Ross in 1834. Minerva was a member of a wealthy mixed-blood Cherokee/Scottish family, and the niece of Chief John Ross.

The Murrell Home is the only remaining antebellum plantation home in modern-day Oklahoma. This home stands as a reminder on the high lifestyle practiced by a few in the Cherokee Nation before the Civil War. The home contains original and periodic artifacts, antique furnishings and historic
manuscripts. A nature trail is on the grounds.

Historic Buildingsmore

Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University
Seminary Hall at Northeastern State UniversityThis four-year regional university has a long and colorful heritage which began in 1846 when the Cherokee National Council authorized establishment of the National Male Seminary and National Female Seminary.

Seminary Hall, the centerpiece of campus is the former Cherokee National Female Seminary Building. It's been the center of education since 1889 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Toursmore

Self-Guided Tour of Historic Tahlequah
Self-Guided Tour of Historic TahlequahHistory is one of Tahlequah's most valuable resources, much of it in the history of the Cherokee Nation ... to a Civil War cabin ... to homes of townspeople at the turn of the century.

The self-guided tour starts downtown at the Cherokee Square and guides you through each turn as you travel the streets to each location. There are 13 points of interest on the tour with explanations of each site, but we hope you will keep your eyes open to the many buildings of architectural or historical significance.

Pictured above is one of the homes on the tour, the Johnson Thompson Home at 127 West Keetoowah Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The style of this two-story brick home is modified Gothic. A revival of the Gothic style took place from 1835 to 1880. Tall, slelnder windows emphasize a vertical effect. Johnson Thompson, one of the wealthiest merchants in Indian Territory, built the house in 1880.

Recreationmore

Golf Coursesmore

Tahlequah City Golf Course
9 holes - Hours: 8 a.m. - dark, 7 DAYS A WEEK.


Golf Coursesmore

Cherry Springs Golf Course
18 holes - Scramble: THURSDAY, 5:30 p.m. (May through October)

Golf Coursesmore

Museumsmore

Eastern Trails Museum
Eastern Trails MuseumAnyone interested in learning more about Vinita's history is invited to visit the Eastern Trails Museum. We have an extensive collection of historically important photographs, artifacts, as well as information on Vinnie Ream, Will Rogers and other noted figures. See life as it was in a re-created post office, general store, printing office, doctor's office, in addition to Indian history and train and military items.

The museum, located behind the Vinita Public Library, houses an excellent collection of firearms, including relics of the Battle of Cabin Creek. The Battle of Cabin Creek is also reenacted every third year in October since 1992 in Vinita. Each triennial event celebrates what confederate president Jefferson Davis termed, "the most complete battle" of the civil war; known to union historians as the "Disaster at Cabin Creek." The battle is reenacted with near perfect precision at a site near the original location. Of the 88 battles and skirmishes that took place in Indian Territory, the "second" Battle of Cabin Creek was the most significant.

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Historic Homes Tour
Historic Homes TourThere are 38 recognized pre-statehood and early statehood era homes in Vinita. Self-guided walking tours and maps with narratives on the homes are available at the Eastern Trails Museum and the Vinita Chamber of Commerce. Listed below are a few examples.

223 S. Smith - Built around 1884 by M.E. Milford. Mr. Milford was the business manager and later the owner of the "Indian Chieftain," the daily paper. He was also one of the organizers of First National Bank in 1892, the second bank in Indian Territory.

147 S. Adair - Built in the early 1900's by Lucian Buffington, cousin of Cherokee Chief Tom Buffington. Mr. Buffington was also one of the organizers of First National Bank and later served as its first vice-president. He was a member of the Vinita Townsite Board in 1898.

146 S. Adair - Built by John Turner in 1904. He was active in support of statehood for the two territories. He was elected one of the members of the State Supreme Court in 1906, a post he held until 1919.

439 N. Foreman - Built in 1897 by W.H. Kornegay, a prominent Vinita attorney and jurist. Mr. Kornegay was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1906, and took an active part in writing that document. He was also instrumental in the naming of this county "Craig" for a close friend at Welch, Granville Craig.

451 N. Foreman - This magnificent home was a wedding gift. It was built in 1899 by J.O. Hall for his daughter, Ludie, at the time of her marriage to Luman Parker, Jr., an attorney and later judge. Mr. Hall, a wealthy cattleman, is said to have had the glass for the stained glass window of this house shipped in from France.

102 S. Third - One of the earlier homes in Vinita, this brick structure was built by W.O. Trott who was in this area before the railroads came through in 1868.

227 N. Miller - This house was built in 1895.

Battlesitesmore

The Battle of Cabin Creek
The Battle of Cabin CreekAlthough Vinita wasn't founded until 1871, there was a great number of settlers in the area before then. Not far from Vinita, Cabin Creek, was the site of two Civil War battles. The first battle fought in early July of 1863, crediting the Buffalo Soldiers resulted in a Union victory. In 1864, Confederate forces captured over 100 wagons, about 720 mules and other goods valued at $500,000.

Cabin Creek Station was only one of the many stage station stops located all along the main north-south route known as the Osage Trace, The Texas Road, and the Military Road. The "Osage Trace" had been in existence for more than 1,000 years as the route most often used by migrating plains Indian tribes. The "Military Road" marked the far western frontier linking the many U.S. Army posts from Minnesota to eastern Texas. With the establishment of the Indian Territory, the area around Cabin Creek Fort became the property of the Cherokee Indian Nation. The area around the crossing was leased by Joseph "Greenbrier Joe" Martin. The Martin family is probably the second oldest established family in the Cherokee Nation and the State of Oklahoma. Joe Martin established his plantation home of nearly 17,000 acres near the present day Strang, Oklahoma. He in turn leased more than 100,000 acres from the Cherokee Government of which the crossing at Cabin Creek was a part. The area of the crossing served as the summer ranch home of the Martin family as well as a stage stop and small farm and ranch community located nearby. Joe Martin and his family were mixed blood. He owned more than 100 slaves and employed some 15 full blood Cherokee as personal and home servants. The Cabin Creek Ranch was quite extensive in operation and was called "Pensicola". The plantation home near Strang was known as "Greenbriar", from which Joseph Martin received his name, "Greenbriar Joe". The plantation home was said to have been the equal to any in the south.

Prior to the war, the "Military Road" was the communication and supply link between the far western army out-posts of Fort's Scott (KS), Gibson (IN), Smith (AR), and Towson and Washita in the Creek Nation. With the coming of the war, the army abandoned their forts in Arkansas and the Indian Nations. Fort Gibson had been de-activated just prior to the war and the facilities given over to the Cherokee Nations without U.S. Army protection. This situation allowed the Confederate government to make treaties with the various Indian tribes and secure the far western flank of the Confederacy. For the first half of the war, the Indian Territory was under Confederate control. Once the U.S. war department had consolidated their troops and resources in the department, plans were put into motion to re-establish Federal control of the Indian Territory. With the recapture of Fort Smith by Union forces and Fort Gibson once again occupied by the U.S. Army, the "Military Road" became the all-important communication and supply link from Fort Scott, Kansas. The U.S. military traffic up and down this road became prime targets for those Confederate forces operating in the territory. The U.S. Army established garrison outposts at all the major crossings along the route from Fort Scott through Fort Gibson.

The crossing at Cabin Creek saw at least two major actions fought there. The first battle fought in early July of 1863 resulted in a Union victory. The slavery issue was prominent in the Cherokees Nation that aligned itself with the South. It is not generally known that the first battle of Civil War pressing African-Americans into combat was in Big Cabin on July 1, 1863 -- ten miles and a stone's throw from Vinita. There the First Kansas Colored Infantry crushed Waite's Confederate warriors. On July 17, 1863, well outnumbered, the Colored troops engaged General Waite again, in the decisive Battle of Honey Springs near Ft. Gibson, completely rioting the Indian brigade -- making it possible to capture Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The first Civil War deployments of Colored infantry in what is now Oklahoma ended the South's presence in Indian Territory and cut the important Rebel supply line and halting reinforcements from Texas. The 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry, depicted in Denzel Washington's movie Glory was not organized until 1864. Many of the troops from the First Kansas Colored Infantry are credited with opening the west for white settlers and later became known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

The second battle fought here on September 19, 1864 gave the Confederate forces their greatest tactical accomplishment in the nations. It is this battle that is reenacted.

As was said earlier, the Union supply trains were in constant threat of attack once they entered the nations from Fort Scott. What made this particular engagement so important was the number of wagons involved and the 1.5 million dollar cargo they hauled. There were some two hundred six-mule wagons filled with military stores and over one hundred civilian sutler wagons bound for Fort Gibson. In all some three hundred wagons, 1800 mules, and eight hundred Federal troops were encamped at the Cabin Creek Station crossing on the evening of September 18, 1864.

At 1:30 a.m., September 19, 1864, the Battle of Cabin Creek began. By dawn the Union defenses were crushed and Yanks were scattered in the woods, retreating to Fort Gibson. For the first time in years, food was plentiful and badly needed supplies were available. A total of 130 wagons, 740 mules, and tons of supplies were on their way south. What wagons were not brought were burned, wounded animals destroyed, and the southern dead buried. The Martin home was spared as it was being used as a field hospital for the wounded. This action cost the Confederate forces some 45 killed, wounded, or missing. The Federal losses amounted to 54 casualties. Gano and Watie had their victory and the prize of the wagon train. They now turned their attention to getting that prize and the men who won it, south to enjoy the spoils of their success and plan yet another raid. One that perhaps would help give them the southern independence they fought and suffered so long for. This victorious mood was not to last long, however, as the following spring General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House and Stand Watie and his brigade laid down their arms.

The Battle of Cabin Creek re-enactment is a historically accurate event that allows visitors to personally experience what occured here those many years ago. Please call or write for dates and times of the next trienial re-enactment. Until then you can visit the battle site which is open daily. The map to Cabin Creek Battle Field will make finding the memorial and reinactment location even easier!

Historymore

Clanton's Cafe
Stop by Clanton's Cafe, a 70-year-old cafe where the walls are lined with old photographs, including ones from the set of the movie "Giant."

(It seems a Vinita-born bull was featured in the film.)

Venuesmore

Little Cabin Pecan Company
Little Cabin Pecan CompanyLittle Cabin Pecan Company is located just east of Vinita, Oklahoma on U.S. Highways 60, 69 and Historic Route 66. We're on the road to beautiful Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma.

The picturesque setting along the highway is widely known as a showplace orchard. The shop is actually located between the old 1926 original Route 66 and todays present highway. We still have an old concrete bridge of the original highway dated 1926.

The shop is increasingly becoming a popular tourist spot as it has been written up in state, national and international publications. Customers find a wide variety of quality unique gifts, many locally made, and not found in mass marketing stores.

Some of our well known specialties are the fresh pecans, Little Cabin brand jams, jellies, preserves, candy coated nuts, pralines, Oklahoma and Route 66 Souvenirs, Southwest Art and Native American Crafts. We have added a collectibles room featuring Coca Cola memorabilia as well as other items.

One Of A Kindsmore

McDonald's Glass House Restaurant
The Glass House Restaurant on the Will Rogers Turnpike (currently McDonalds) in Vinita, was the first restaurant facility constructed over a public highway in the United States.

The McDonalds Glass House Restaurant in Vinita is the largest McDonalds in the world.

Golf Coursesmore

Librariesmore

Vinita Public Library
Vinita Public LibraryVinita Public Library offers many services throughout the year. Bestsellers fly onto our shelves as soon as they're released. Large print titles, popular paperbacks, audio books and videos are available in great variety. Youngsters enjoy our annual Summer Reading Program and the best in children's books, old and new. We provide high-speed public Internet access. Our Genealogy department is one of the very finest in the area, and Eastern Trails Museum fills a great afternoon of history, education, and nostalgia.

Golf Coursesmore

Vinita Golf & Tennis Club
Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Cemeteriesmore

Williams Cemetery
Williams CemeteryGangster, Kate "Ma" Barker and her sons are buried at Welch in Williams Cemetery.

Museumsmore

Bristow Museum
Railroad Depot.

Memorialsmore

Wake Island War Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars National Wake Island War Memorial.

Golf Coursesmore

Recreationmore

Bristow City Park
Olympic-size swimming pool, fishing lake.

Museumsmore

Drumright Historical Museum
Oilfield and area history.

Theatresmore

Boontown Theatre
Four stage plays performed throughout the year in this historic building.

Golf Coursesmore

Museumsmore

Keystone Crossroads Museum
Mannford, Creek and Pawnee County artifacts.

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Clary Fields Golf Course
Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

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Starbird National Rod & Custom Car Museum
Darryl Starbird's own collection of 20 custom built cars and street rods; displays about famous car designers.

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Talbot Library & Museum
Talbot Library & MuseumThe Talbot Library and Museum specializes in historical and genealogical research material of Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, and Cherokee Territory with Natural History and Indian Artifacts.

The Walkingstick Research Library Room contains many genealogical records. and a bookstore offering new books for sale covering all of these subjects. They also publish "T.L. & M. Genealogy Magazine" and "Goingsnake Messenger", both quarterly publications.

Also on the property is the historic 1920's era Springtown Arkansas Schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, a Post Office building containing the original Row-Colcord Post Office boxes,and the Adair Building which contains large farm machinery.

Historic Churchesmore

Cayuga Mission Church
Cayuga Mission ChurchThe Cayuga Mission Church is the only church in Oklahoma, and perhaps in the U.S., which was built by a Native American with his own funds for the religious use of all people. In 1886, Mathias Splitlog began constructing a church of hewn limestone from the area for his wife, Eliza Splitlog. The inside was embellished with beautifully hand-carved imported wood. The arch forming the doorway was formed of 15 stones, each carved with an Indian symbol.

When Eliza Splitlog passed away in 1894, the church was still unfinished but her funeral was held in the partially completed church. Work on the church continued and it was dedicated in 1896. The bronze bell, cast in Belgium, first tolled in memory of Eliza Splitlog during the dedication. In 1897, Mathias Splitlog passed away and his mass was held in the church he dreamed of, financed and built.

Today, the old mission bell still rings. It calls the faithful to worship during the spring, summer, fall and winter, loud and clear. Its clarion peals over the streams and valleys of what was once the Seneca Nation.

Museumsmore

Har-Ber Village
Har-Ber VillageHar-Ber Village is one of the largest antique museums in the United States, located on the shores of Grand Lake O' The Cherokees in Grove, Oklahoma. Built as a gift to the public by Harvey and Bernice Jones, Har-Ber Village is a reconstructed turn-of-the-century village with over 100 buildings, collections and exhibits. New projects include an Ecology Center, Nature Trail, Sweet Annie Herb Garden, and Native American Art Gallery.

Har-Ber Village is a place from which dreams are made. There is something to see and enjoy for people of all ages. From March thru November of each year approximately one-half million tourists visit buildings and displays containing a multitude of American antiques.

As you walk along the paths and among the log cabins, consider the enormous effort it took to make the village a reality. Then consider that this village came about because of the love and devotion two Americans had for each other and for our heritage. Not only did they spend their money, but they spent thousands of hours attending auctions, sorting and selecting articles and placing each piece, one by one, in its proper place. Now consider that this was all done in their spare time and on weekends.

Other highlights include:

* Self-guided tours
* Handicap accessible
* Chapel and Ecology Center available for rental

1 ˝-mile nature trail
* Restaurant facility on site (open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Botanical Gardensmore

Lendonwood Botanical Gardens
Lendonwood Botanical GardensLendonwood Gardens offers a unique and breathtaking tour for gardening enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. The six-acre public botanical garden featuring over 1,500 different plants is shaded by towering oak trees and displays a variety of chamaecyparis, daylilies, and an enclosed zen garden with 80 exquisite bonsai. Rhododendrons, azaleas, hostas, a cascading stream with nine waterfalls, perennials, roses, and flowering trees are found along the grass pathways.

Lendonwood Gardens is one of 12 botanical gardens in Oklahoma and is a Natural Display Garden for the American Hemerocallis Society, and they offer the world's largest collection of false cypress (chamaecyparis) trees and rhododendrons in the Midwest. The newest addition to this spectacular garden is a traditional Japanese tea pavilion situated on the edge of a Japanese garden pond stocked with thousands of koi fish.

Jamboreesmore

Grand Grove Opry
Grand Grove OpryGrand Grove Opry presents a spectacular country music show every week featuring powerful new and traditional country, heart-warming gospel, patriotic numbers, comedy, and dinner shows, too. Local talent will entertain you as well as country music legends, such as, Brenda Lee, Hank Thompson, Johnny Counterfit, Tommy Cash, David Frizzell, Wanda Jackson, LeRoy Van Dyke, Billy Walker, Narvel Felts, Jody Miller, Tommy Overstreet, Sammi Smith, and Buck Trent.

Jamboreesmore

Kountry Kousins Jamboree Show
Kountry Kousins Jamboree ShowKountry Kuzin's Jamboree Music Theatre, a Grove entertainment icon, is back! And now it will be bigger and better than before! Three additional groups will join Kountry Kuzin's, bringing you hours of enjoyable gospel and 1950s and 1960s music. Each group will perform once a month on Saturdays. You are invited to come to Grove for evenings of entertainment during April through December.

Excursionsmore

Paddlewheel Riverboat Excursions
Paddlewheel Riverboat ExcursionsCherokee Queen offers your choice of two paddlewheel excursion boats. The boats are one of the most popular and unique attractions on Grand Lake. The excursions take you on a tour of beautiful Grand Lake O'the Cherokees, featuring breathtaking lakeside scenery, beautiful homes, and attractions from the waters of our Lady Grand. You may also experience a beautiful romantic moonlit evening cruise featuring one of their specialty cruises (with or without a meal). Call for information on their specialty cruises. Prices and schedules subject to change.

Excursionsmore

Grand Trolley
Grand TrolleyEnjoy riding the Grand Trolley! There is no scurry, hurry or traffic flow problems when you ride the Grand Trolley during your vacation time! Step aboard and enjoy the perfect combination of sightseeing fun, historic highlights, shopping convenience and the experience of riding the trolley.

The Grand Trolley is also available for charter service during the service off-hours. The trolley may be chartered for wedding parties, Christmas tours, Christmas parties, or providing group transportation from motels/resorts to restaurants, attractions or the retail area.

Casinosmore

Grand Lake Casino
Grand Lake CasinoThis facility is owned by the Seneca/Cayuga Tribe and boasts one of the largest game rooms in Oklahoma, featuring over 850 all-new Vegas-style machines and 14 table games. Grand Lake Casino has fantastic live bands, a sports bar and exquisite dining. A concession is open 24 hours for the player's convenience. You'll receive $5.00 Free Play on your card to join Club GLC!!! Membership is free and the benefits are BIG! The member's benefits include Free Play Mailers, exclusive promotions, invitations to Members' Only Events, and more! The Grand Lake Casino is open all day and every day (24 hours) for your entertainment enjoyment.

Botanical Gardensmore

Satsuki Gardens
Incorporated in this garden are the three essential elements of Japanese landscaping - plants, water, and stone into this acre-plus garden.

Cemeteriesmore

Gen. Stand Watie Grave Site
The last Confederate General to surrender during the Civil War is buried in the Polson Cemetery southeast of Grove. Stand Watie was the only full blooded Native American to receive the rank of Brig. General during the Civil War.

Historic Hotelsmore

Corey Hotel
Corey HotelBuilt in 1909 by Colonel Charlie Corey, the hotel is a piece of history you don't want to miss! Once a lively Grove business, the Corey Hotel has been reopened to the public. No longer a hotel, the lower floor houses the Candy Kitchen. Plans are underway to open a fully restored upper floor that will serve as a museum for area history. Currently, visitors can learn about the Corey family and the hotel from framed photographs and historical vignettes placed throughout the store. The hotel is listed on the Oklahoma Historical Registry and the National Historical Registry.

Golf Coursesmore

Cherokee Grove Golf Course
On the banks of Carey Bay, the Cherokee Grove Golf Course offers a public 9-hole course with lessons, driving range, complete pro shop and club house.

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Patricia Island Golf Course
Patricia Island Golf CourseThis beautiful Tripp Davis designed golf course is a championship 18-hole public course complete with practice facility and driving range.

Artmore

Brush & Palette Club
Located in the old red Village Barn for over 40 years, the Brush & Palette Club is host to an art gallery that features art from many members of the club. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00-4:00.

Memorialsmore

Grove Veterans Memorial and Honor Walk
The Veterans Memorial/Honor Walk: A community effort to recognize and honor our veterans for their service to our country.

Galleriesmore

MainStreet Gallery and Gifts
MainStreet Gallery and GiftsMainStreet Gallery and Gifts is a unique shopping experience. We offer a variety of gift items and Coca Cola memorabilia. Upstairs we have our very unique and peaceful Thomas Kinkade Gallery featuring his artwork in a variety of price ranges. Please visit us soon!

Museumsmore

Delaware County Historical Museum
Indian artifacts, historical items.

Recreationmore

Huckleberry Canyon Park
Picnic pavillions, amphitheater and huckleberries grown in season.

Casinosmore

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
Cherokee Casino West Siloam SpringsOpen 24 hours a day, Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs is the place to experience exciting action and test your luck.

Inside the 50,000 square foot casino are electronic games, table games and so much cash you'll feel like you're playing on the Vegas strip.

Enjoy music, drinks and dancing at Seven, Siloam's hottest night spot. Taste the delicious menu items at Rivercane Buffet or Flint Creek Steakhouse. You'll have so much fun you won't want to go home!

Now open, a new seven story hotel with 140 rooms with loads of amenities. More fun, more entertainment, more of the best for you!

Must be 21 years of age and have valid photo ID to game or be on the casino floor.

Learning Centersmore

Windsong Buffalo Ranch
Working ranch with a variety of animals, Native American Crafts and buffalo jerky.

Historymore

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.

As the train approached, four men approached the night operator at the station and ordered him to "flag down" the train. As the train pulled to a stand-still two members of the gang bordered the engine while the others covered the conductor and train men. The station operator was taken to the express car, were he ordered the messenger inside to open up. When the messenger refused, the train's fireman was ordered to break open the door with his pick. Once inside the bandits were quick in rifling the safe of its contents.

Unknown to the gang was the special detachment of eight railroad guards that was on the train. In command was J. J. Kinney, chief of railroad detectives and Capt. J. H. LaFore, chief of the Cherokee Indian police. Upon seeing that the robbery was happening the guards unloaded from the train on the east side of the train - the opposite side of the depot. Several of the bandits had been positioned on that side and a brief gun battle took place.

With their work in the train finished and the gun battle insignia, the bandits proceeded to make their get-away. With bullets whistling about, the bandits made their way down through town. Doctors W. L. Goff and Youngblood had been sitting on the porch of the drug store near the depot. Both men were hit by stray shots several times. Dr Goff's wound proved to be fatal.

Also wounded were Capt. Kinney and Capt. LaFlore. Their wounds were not serious and both men recovered.

The railroad and express company promptly offered rewards "for the capture and conviction" of $5,000 for each participant in the robbery.

Golf Coursesmore

Osage Golf Course
18 holes.

Memorialsmore

Powderhorn Park
Fiddle Capitol of the World, National Fiddler's Memorial, music festivals, trail rides.

Battlesitesmore

Battle of Locust
Langley was the site of the Civil War's Battle of Locust Grove.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Saline Courthouse
Only original remaining Cherokee courthouse.

Artmore

Gourds, Etc. Native American Christmas Art Show
Date: Dec. 5 & 6, 2009
Hours: 10am - 5pm (both days)

Just in time for Christmas! Five Cherokee Artists come together to offer for immediate purchase: Beautiful Native American Gourd Art, Paintings, Bead Work, Pottery, Basketry, Textiles, Jewelry, Ornaments and gift ideas. Artists will be on site throughout the show to visit with and to answer any questions visitors might have. Plan to attend. Enjoy a cup of punch while you browse throughout the studio/gallery. Each room will overflow with wonderful Native American Art for your shopping pleasure. Visa/MC accepted.

Monumentsmore

Civil War Monument
Second Battle of Cabin Creek.

Museumsmore

Coo-Y-Yah Museum
Coo-Y-Yah MuseumIndian artifacts of Mayes County.

Artsmore

Rabbit Gallery
Original paintings, pottery, sculpture, southwest jewelry and Kachina dolls.

Golf Coursesmore

Craftsmore

Elks Arts and Crafts Show
The Pryor Elks Lodge is hosting an Arts and Crafts Show, featuring over 30 venders. You'll find everything from hand crafted toys to hand stamped jewelry, customized childrens fashion to home decor, fragrance to storage systems, and everything in between.

Vendors should contact Donna Carter for an application. Some categories are already full for the March 9 & 10 show, but you may be able to register for future shows, held monthly. Note: This is not a flea market or garage sale show, but strictly a show presented by artists, craftsmen, and direct sales companies. Check us out on Facebook!

Saturday time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday time: noon to 5:00 pm

Skate Centersmore

Roller City Inc.
Roller skating, indoor playground with jupiter jump, ball pit, 2 x slides, tubes and obstacles. We offer public skating, birthday parties and private parties.

Go to our website for the current hours of operation and cost per activity.

Museumsmore

The Chouteau Memorial Museum
The Chouteau Memorial MuseumThe Chouteau Memorial Museum documents life in the Three Rivers area, offering visitors a glimpse of life around a trading post. Exhibits include a partially recreated trading post and a flatboat. Visitors can view the wide variety of trade items, see an A.P. Chouteau journal along with other Chouteau family items, and see examples of native American clothing. A short video on the fur trade in Oklahoma is available.

The Chouteau Memorial is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Elementary school programs are available and special programs and tours can be arranged

A community wide Chouteau Day Celebration is held each October and a Fur Trade Encampment is held each spring. Call the museum for specific dates.

Pioneer Historymore

Historic Springhouse
Historic SpringhouseThe 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.

The Stone Well is standing behind the Chouteau Museum building.

Aviationmore

T38 Talon
T38 TalonThe 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 American Legion of Oklahoma dedicates this T38 Talon Training Plane, especially to those wo gave their lives so that we might enjoy peace and freedom. We will forever remember all who served and gave of their lives so we might enjoy all the freedoms of this great country.

Memorialsmore

J. B. Milam Memorial Marker
J. B. Milam Memorial MarkerJ. 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. His main goals were to reconstruct the tribal government, and the preservation of Cherokee property, and historical manuscripts.

"He gave in abundance of funds."

Natural Attractionsmore

Paradise Tree
Paradise TreeThe 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, but after six months he resigned the Army to join his family in the fur business. A. P.'s life as an Indian trader was not financially successful, but he became a great arbitrator for the government and trusted friend of many Indain nations.

This tree is still living and is located on the southwest side of Ferry Street in Salina, right next to part of the Lake Hudson dike.

Recreationmore

Free Boat Ramps to Hudson Lake
Free Boat Ramps to Hudson LakeNorth 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.

 

South Boat Ramp - Free Public Boat Access - "Mud Flats" - East side of Salina at Highway 20 South Boat Rampand Owen Walters Blvd. (Highway 82 South), 1/4 mile.Continue through mobile home park.

Museumsmore

Katy Depot Museum & Information Center
Katy Depot Museum & Information CenterThe KATY DEPOT was built in 1890 and is the M.K.&T.'s oldest surviving wooden station. Checotah was established as a railhead in 1872. To the station came cattlemen, settlers, farmers, theatrical stars and national baseball teams. It became the center of commercial shipping, which shipped gourmet food, fine china, furniture, cotton, corn, and other crops to urban areas everywhere.

Last used for passenger service in 1965, it was placed on the Oklahoma Landmark Inventory in 1980. It was purchased by the Checotah Landmark Preservation Society for $10 in 1985 when it was slated for destruction. It was moved to Paul Carr Drive in 1986. Exterior restoration began in 1987, and with partial interior restoration completed, it opened as a Tourist Information Center in 1988. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, it continues the KATY tradition ... linking Checotah and the world!

The depot now holds a collection of the town's heritage including railroad, pioneer businesses, cowboys and Indians, military and the Civil War Battle of Honey Springs memorabilia. Other features are the M.K.T. Caboose #205, a 14 Flag historical display, the Paul Henry Carr Monument, and a scale model of USS CARR (FFG-52) a Guided Missile Frigate which honors the WWII Hero from Checotah.

Historic Districtsmore

Historic Downtown Checotah
Historic Downtown ChecotahDowntown Checotah is one of only 15 National Register Historic Districts in Oklahoma. Built between 1898 and 1903, many of the buildings still show the grandeur of their original architecture.

Unfortunately, in 1992 the loss by fire of Checotah's prestigious Gentry Block was devastating to the community. The original commercial anchor was a key segment of the Historic District as its stores offered beauty and variety to a pioneer town and a real touch of elegance. However, thanks to a very dedicated community, the block has been rebuilt to accommodate offices and retail businesses.

At the main street corner of the Gentry Block stands the original columns of the bank building shrouding a memorial plaque to the history of the district.

Historic Buildingsmore

1903 IOOF Home
1903 IOOF HomeOne Checotah National Historic Landmark which continues the service which began just after the turn of the century is the IOOF Home. In 1902, a farm of 160 acres and $5,000 was offered by W.E. Gentry and his wife, Sallie, and was accepted by the IOOF. The local lodge, chartered in 1895, realized a need for the housing and care of the aged and orphans. The three-story Romanesque building was completed and dedicated on April 14, 1903.

Historic Churchesmore

United Methodist Church
United Methodist ChurchThe United Methodist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cemeteriesmore

Indian Territory Cemetery
Indian Territory CemeteryThe Indian Territory Cemetery has markers dating from 1872 to 1912.

Historic Homesmore

Sharpe House
Sharpe HouseThe house was constructed on land bought in 1911 from a Creek Indian. It was initially a teacherage - the rooming house for single female teachers. One young teacher, Carolyn Paulk-McCluskey, who resided there later married L.K. Sharpe, a local dry goods store owner. When the house became available, she and her husband bought it. For more than fifty years, it was the Sharpe family home. They remodeled it extensively over the years. One example is the front columns. The columns were taken from a pre-Civil War house outside Natchez, Mississippi, and the house was renovated to accommodate them.

When Mrs. Sharpe died, the house sat empty for some time. finally, it was purchased by Kay Kindt and Armando Corral who have attempted to restore it. It is their intent that it be a reminder of a more gracious, leisurely era. It has been scraped and painted and papered and buffed and shined, and furnished with heirlooms of the families. Today it is open as a Bed and Breakfast.

Battlesitesmore

Honey Springs Civil War Battlefield
Honey Springs Civil War BattlefieldHoney Springs Battlefield Memorial Park has gained national prestige as being listed on the National Map of Civil War Sites. On July 17, 1863, smoke billowed and cannons roared when nearly 6,000 Confederates were defeated by 3,400 Federals just 3 1/2 miles northeast of Checotah, Oklahoma.

In 1990, the site was listed by the Secretary of the Interior as one of the 25 most significant spots for preservation in the United States and one of the top three west of Mississippi. The battle was important as one in which Native Americans representing 13 tribes fought on one or both sides and where the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry was able to clearly demonstrate the fighting abilities of African-Americans when it defeated three veteran Texas cavalry regiments.

Every three years, the Oklahoma Historical society, the Friends of Honey Springs and the city of Checotah host and plan a reenactment of the battle interpreted by 1,500 participants, the state's largest such event. The 1993 reenactment was chosen Oklahoma's Event of the year.

The battlefield's 1000+ acres with 6 walking trails contain 55 interpretive signs. A visitor information center is located at the Battlefield.

The Battle ...

The Battle of Honey Springs was one of the largest and most famous Oklahoma battles of the Civil War. On July 2, 1863, Stand Watie's confederate forces were defeated at the first battle of Cabin Creek trying to prevent a federal supply train, traveling the Texas road, from reaching Fort Gibson. Col. Watie and his remaining troops joined Gen. Cooper's troops at the Honey Springs supply depot where the Texas Road crossed Elk Creek two miles east of present Rentiesville. Gen. Cooper had perhaps 4,000 men with probably another 2,000 Confederates available from Fort Smith. Gen. Cooper decided to get the 200 troops from Fort Smith and attack Fort Gibson, against the advice of Col. Watie, who felt the Union forces had superior weapons and ammunition. Union scouts learned of the plan and Gen. James G. Blunt marched with about 3,000 men (including another regiment) to effect a surprise attack on the Confederates before their reinforcements could get there from Fort Smith. On July 16 and 17, the Federals attacked the advance Confederate force at Elk Creek and drove them back over the McIntosh Bridge to Honey Springs where they were defeated. Gen. Cooper blamed the defeat on his inferior ammunition and weapons, but he had made several tactical blunders and was removed from command. Stand Watie replaced him and was raised to a Brigadier General.



Famous Peoplemore

Checotah's PRCA Champions

Checotah has a rich heritage in cattle ranching which was the root for the sport of rodeo. Rodeo has made the town the Steerwrestling Capital of the World. Five (5) PRCA World Champion Steerwrestlers called Checotah home.

Benny Combs - 1955 - (1958 RCA World Champion Runner up, NFR Finalist, 5 times, and 1951 Inter-collegiate Bareback Champion)

Willard Combs - 1957 - (1955 RCA World Champion Runner up, 1959 National Finals Average Champion, 1952-1962 RCA Top Ten, PRCA Board of Directors, 4 years, Owner of "Baby Doll", Horse of the Year, 3 times

Roy Duvall - 1967,1968,1972 - ( 1968, 1981, 1984 World Champion Runner up, National Finalist, 24 times, 1984 National Finals Average Champion, 1977, 1981, 1984 Prairie Circuit Champion, Owner of "Whiskey", 1980 Horse of the Year)

Billy Hale - 1971 - (1963, 1973 National Finals Runner up, 1963, 1964 National Flinals Average Champion, National Fianlist, 3 times)

Ote Berry - 1985,1990,1991,1995 - (1980 High School World Champion, 1991,1994,1995 Prairie Circuit Champion, 1993 PRCA Runner up)

Roy Duvall and Ote Berry are members of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and Roy was a 1998 inductee into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Famous Peoplemore

Pulitzer Prize Winner
Checotah's library is named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Jim Griffing Lucas.

* A third generation Checotahan born June 22, 1914,

*A 1931 graduate of Checotah High School and a champion debator, attended the University of Missouri;

*a Marine Corps volunteer who won a battlefield commission with a Bronze Star during the Southwest pacific Battle of Tarawa, 1943; and also fought at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima; given the "National Headliners Award" for best reporting, 1943; and later, the VFW Omar Bradley Award and the American Legion Fourth Estate Award;

*a member of Admiral Richard E. Byrd's 1947 Expedition to the South Pole;

*a 25-year reporter for Scripps-Howard as a Washington and foreign correspondent;

*chosen as the Pulitzer Prize winner for journalism, 1954, and selected for two Ernie Pyle awards; 1953, Korean War; and 1964, Vietnam Conflict;

*the only journalist ever called to give a briefing at the White House before the President and 100 Congressional leaders;

*author of three books;

*buried with full military ceremony in Checotah in his family's plot, July 21, 1970;

*was honored by his hometown with the naming of Jim Lucas Memorial Library, May 2, 1971.

Rodeosmore

Checotah Roundup Club Rodeos
Checotah Roundup Club RodeosRodeo has always been a part of Checotah's history. This area is home to many champion cowboys and cowgirls, some of which always return to compete in Old Settler's Day events, including the annual Checotah Round-up Club rodeo.

Long before white settlers came to this area, members of the Creek and Cherokee tribes were ranchers whose way of life required the western skills of rodeo. One outgrowth of this heritage is a club to which the traditional skills of the range are learned and execution of the timed events are perfect ... sometimes for pay, sometimes for fun, always for excitement.

Almost 60 years ago, a nucleus of two dozen dedicated cowboys and girls formed the McIntosh County Roundup Club that was reorganized as the Checotah Roundup Club in the late 1940s. It now owns a new arena east of Checotah where regular ropings are held Monday, Thursday and Saturday during the spring and fall seasons.

Since 1953, each June a three-night sanctioned rodeo is held, and it is now a highlight of each Old Settlers Day celebration. Participants are often members of PRCA and NRA, in addition to the Seven-State Regional Rodeo Association.

Golf Coursesmore

Fountainhead State Park Golf Course
Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days

Historic Districtsmore

Historic Downtown Eufaula
Historic Downtown EufaulaWalk along the brick sidewalks and admire the Victorian buildings in Eufaula's 20 Block Historic downtown which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Foley Building that housed the State National Bank towers magnificently at the corner of Main Street.


Main Street Hardware

The first hardware store in the Eufaula Business District, was built in 1908. Still doing business as Main Street Hardware, it is a time travel experience to walk along the original hardwood floors and to look into the original glass cased shelves, nail boxes, and racks that are still used to display not only up-to-date hardware items, but also collections of hardware that used to be daily items in the early 1900s store.Sorbe

The Sorbe Building, built in 1895, was the first building in the Eufaula Business District.

Artsmore

Monroe Moore Mural
Visitors to the Eufaula Dam will enjoy seeing an interesting 8 foot by 16 foot mural painted by Indian artist, Monroe Moore, who has painted in vivid hues, scenes from the area's colorful past, including the Indians, trains, wagons, horses, outlaws, lawmen, and travelers that paraded through this historic era. Belle Starr, famous woman outlaw, is also pictured in the Moore painting that is available to the viewing public.

Pioneer Historymore

Belle Starr .... "Queen of the Bandits"
Belle Starr .... The bandit queen, Belle Starr, was one of the most notorious of the Old West. Her exploits were fictionalized in accounts in newspapers, magazines, and books. This makes it extremely difficult to separate fact from legend. The legendary Belle Starr was certainly exciting, but the real events were probably more interesting.

Myra Belle Shirley was born in Missouri in February of 1848 near the small town of Carthage. In 1858 her father, John Shirley, who had an honorary title of judge, became a tavern keeper in Carthage. Belle Shirley attended school here and evidently became a fairly accomplished pianist. She also learned about frontier life from her father's tavern, which frequently was the scene of coarse language and fights. The area was filled with tough outlaw bands.

The Civil War lent an air of respectability to the murder, robbery, rape, and destruction from some outlaw bands, particularly that of Quantrill, which indiscriminately attacked both northern and southern sympathizers. Ed Shirley, Belle's brother, became a member in Quantrill's renegade guerrilla band and in legend is referred to erroneously as a captain. At age 16, Belle Shirley became a spy for the Quantrill Band, containing the Jameses, the Youngers, the Reeds, and the Daltons. Belle was an excellent horsewoman and was considered wild. Ed Shirley was killed, Carthage was destroyed during the war, and the family moved near Dallas, Texas.

Myra Belle Shirley had a child, a girl called Pearl. in 1869, presumed to be fathered by Cole Younger. One of their legendary meeting places was Younger's Bend on the Canadian river near Eufaula. She then became the wife, or mistress, of another member of Quantrill's guerrillas, Jim Reed. She had a baby boy named Edward by Jim Reed in 1871. At times, when Reed was on the run from the authorities, he hid out at the home of a former Cherokee outlaw, Tom Starr. In 1875, Jim Reed was killed. Among Belle's later male companions were outlaws Jack Spaniard, Jim French, and Blue Duck. In 1880, Belle became the wife of Sam Starr, a son of Tom Starr. It was by this name that she was to become the legendary "Queen of the Bandits."

Belle Starr was certainly one of the most colorful women of the Old West. She had a good education and had been brought up with the manners and customs of the social elite and played the piano very well. She had courage and loyalty for her friends and was truly "Queen of the Bandits." She also had a very quick temper. Belle was an accomplished horsewoman with a small, trim, attractive figure. While not considered to have the face of a beauty, she was nonetheless an attractive woman who could attract and control men with her feminine wiles. She was a very fashionably dressed person, as her pictures show her wearing the latest fashions in women's dresses, with broad brimmed hats, and boots. She also had a quirt attached to her wrist and two six guns buckled on her waist, which tended to make her stand out in a crowd. She was considered an expert shot with pistol or rifle. She also gambled and drank in saloons. Belle would visit neighboring ranches and later saddles, bridles, livestock, or other items disappeared. Local people felt that she scouted surrounding ranches for items of value and then had her band steal them. This did not lead to friendly relations with her neighbors. She was a connoisseur of fine horses, which caused her to get into trouble with the authorities on several occasions. Legends of her banditry include a $7,000 robbery of a saloon at Fort Dodge, Kansas; a Texas bank robbery netting $30,000; and a Creek Indian robbery also estimated at $30,000.

Younger's Bend was the center of much of Belle Starr's adult life. She and Sam Starr settled on about 1000 acres (or less) in a bend of the Canadian River near Briartown on the McIntosh-Muskogee County border, which is a beautiful, rugged, hilly country covered with trees and shrubs, and tall grass, and now overlooks the Lake Eufaula Dam.

Belle often shopped in Whitefield of Eufaula, crossing the Canadian River on the Tom Starr or the Frank West Ferry. The road to Fort Smith went east from Whitefield. There was also a ferry across the North Canadian from Belle's property operated by Abner Brassfield.

Belle's daughter, Pearl, grew up with outlaws around the home. In 1882, when Pearl was 15 years old, her mother and Sam Starr were sentenced by Judge Parker to one year in prison for a horse theft. Pearl then became a little wild, as her mother had been.

John Middleton, a cousin of Jim Reed's ran away with Belle Starr in 1881, but he drowned crossing the Poteau River and the horse's body was found with Belle's saddle (with a red horn) on it. The following year Belle was arrested charged with robbing an Indian and for stealing the horse John Middleton had been riding and there was a warrant for Sam as well. Belle was acquitted but Sam remained at large. A posse finally found Sam and several of his friends and in the "shoot out" Sam's horse was shot and Sam injured by a shot in the head. Sam recovered consciousness and escaped from the posse. Belle talked Sam into surrendering at Fort Smith. Bond was posted and Sam, Belle, and Pearl set out for home at Youngers Bend and stopped at Whitefield where a dance was in progress. Sam Starr and Frank West, who operated the West Ferry across the Canadian, got into an argument at the dance. (Sam mistakenly thought Frank West had shot his horse when the posse tried to arrest him). Both were killed in the gunfight that followed. Sam shot Frank and, though mortally wounded, Frank fired and killed Sam Starr. Most of this story was related by Miss Lucy E. West, granddaughter of Frank West and postmistress at Briartown.

Pearl's wildness got her in trouble and she was expecting a child. She married a liveryman in Fort Worth, but they divorced and she went to Kansas. She returned to Younger's Bend to nurse Ed, her brother, when he was shot and wounded. Ed quarreled with Belle and she took a whip and beat him badly. During this time Belle also quarreled with a neighbor of theirs, Edgar Watson. Belle rode to Sans Bois on February 2, 1889, with Jim July (or Jim Starr), Sam's cousin, who was to appear on a horse rustling charge. In Whitefield, Belle's picture was taken on her horse with Jim July Starr in the background. Her return journey the next day was through Whitefield and across Hoyt's Ferry. Near Hoyt's place she was shot in the back and again in the head with a shotgun. Edgar Watson, a neighbor, was the a chief suspect but he was released for lack of evidence. Her son, Ed Reed, was also considered a suspect in Bells's death. Belle Starr was buried at Younger's Bend near the Lake Eufaula Dam on a wooded hill on her ranch. The grave is on the land of Mrs. Ada Hamilton and is open to the public for a small charge.

Pearl married Will Harrison in 1891, and they made their home at Tamaha, but temperaments clashed and Pearl left him. Meanwhile Ed Reed was sent to prison for horse stealing. Pearl went to a sporting house in Fort Smith to obtain money for Ed's release from prison. Three months later she leased a "boarding house" herself. She accumulated money and in a couple of years Ed was released through her efforts. Ed Reed took a job as a deputy marshal, but was killed in 1896 in a tavern brawl, probably in Wagoner. Pearl and one of her girls left the boarding house and built a house in the respectable part of Fort Smith and married again, but her husband died of typhoid fever in 1898 leaving her with a three-week old baby. Pearl apparently led an uneventful life from then on, and supposedly died and was buried somewhere in Arizona.

Entertainmentmore

The Cast Iron Kettle Cook Out
The Cast Iron Kettle Cook OutHAPPY BIRTHDAY OKLAHOMA!
CELEBRATE OKLAHOMA'S 100 YEARS
THE CAST IRON KETTLE WAY!

Get that Group together for a Great Day spend it right here in Southeast OK.
We're booking everyday so don't wait to long we may be full.
Now's the time to reserve your spot at the Chuck Table and a seat in the Lonesome Kettle Theater. This year is especially great because it's our states 100th birthday! At this year's Cast Iron Kettle Cookouts we have a grand celebration for our state as well as our guests. You'll feast on a Brisket Dinner with, Corn On The Cob, Chili Beans, Boiled Potatoes, Boss Lady's Onion Salad, Ole Leather's Sour Dough Biscuits (Made From Scratch) REAL Cowboy Coffee, and Raspberry Mist Tea. You'll eat under our Outdoor Covered Pavilion, equipped with Crystal Chandeliers & Ceiling Fans giving you a Gentle Breeze. Near by are our 3 vintage Chuckwagons, a Stagecoach, and Wedding carriage. Visit the Boot Hill Cemetery, Heartbreak Hotel and more for your picture taking delight. We also have a new addition to our tour this year, our Indian Village. Each tipi is unique in it's own design and furnishings. With yer belly full be seated and the Homesteader Quartet will be doing their NEW "Celebrate Oklahoma" show that will be dedicated to our Oklahoma entertainers. It will take you back to those fun filled days as you listen to the Homesteaders act out your favorite Oklahoma Artists. Afterwards, visit with Donnie and the group for autographs or just to shake a hand.

Fortsmore

Fort Gibson Historic Site
Fort Gibson Historic SiteBeginning in the early 1920s, local residents sought to preserve Fort Gibson's History. In 1936, the stockade area was reconstructed by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Works Progress Administration, and the Fort Gibson Stockade Commission. Today, the Site is a National Historic Landmark, operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

33 sites are mapped for a fort tour aided by uniformed guides that add historical relevance to the specific points of interest. Throughout the year, reenactments, living history celebrations, and work shops fill the entire year with activity at the fort. (See the Calendar of Events for event descriptions).

Some of the sites on the Fort grounds include:

The Commissary was built in 1845. It has undergone reconstruction, and is now the Visitor Center for the Fort Gibson Historic Site.

The Barracks building was constructed initially during the 1840s, but was not finished until after the Civil War. OnceHeadquarters
for both the Ninth and Tenth Infantry, the Barracks building today is open for tours.

The Adair Cabin was relocated to its present site by the Muskogee County Historical Society. This dogtrot cabin once belonged to Judge Adair, and is said to have been used as a hospital during the Civil War.

The bakery, seen here, was in ruins before it was reconstructed by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The bakery is now used for public baking demonstrations, and is open to the public for tours.

The dogtrot is part of the 1936 WPA Stockade reconstruction. Today, it is used extensively for living history and reenactments, with many participants having slept in the cabin. When not in use for events, the building is accessible for visitors to the site.

The library and mess hall are also part of the reconstructed stockade. They too are accessible to visitors when not in use for events.

Within the reconstructed stockade, several rooms are set with displays, which show an officer's quarters, circa 1836.

Commissary
Barracks
Adair Cabin
Bakery
library

Brief History of Fort Gibson .....

In 1824, increasing tensions between the Cherokee and Osage Nations led the U.S. Army to relocate its westernmost presence from Fort Smith, Arkansas to a point farther west in the Arkansas territory. Colonel William Arbuckle selected a spot on the Grand River, three miles upstream form the convergence of the Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris Rivers.

Colonel Arbuckle oversaw the construction of a wooden stockade named Cantonment Gibson in honor of General George Gibson. The stability of the stockade encouraged both Euro and Native Americans to settle near the post giving rise to the community at Fort Gibson, the oldest in the state of Oklahoma.

The Seventh Infantry arrived at the post in 1831, and in 1832, Cantonment Gibson was renamed Fort Gibson. Soldiers at the fort were instrumental in overseeing the resettlement of the eastern tribes to Indian Territory. For many, Fort Gibson was the terminus of Native Americans and their African-American slaves after their removal from the southeast part of the nation, commonly known as the Trail of Tears.

In 1857, The Army withdrew from Fort Gibson and transferred the land and the buildings to the Cherokee Nation. During the Civil War the Confederate soldiers briefly occupied the site before establishing Fort Davis nearby. Fort Gibson was reactivated in 1863 and occupied by federal troops as a key point in controlling Indian Territory and the Texas Road. The U.S. 10th Cavalry, a unit of black soldiers nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers," was stationed here after the Civil War. Fort Gibson also was the home of the first black regiment in Indian Territory, the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers Infantry.

The Army served at the fort until 1871 when most troops were reassigned and the fort designated a commissary supply post. In 1872, following the arrival of the railroad to Indian Territory, the fort was reactivated to ensure law and order. In 1890, the Army abandoned Fort Gibson permanently.

Toursmore

Fort Gibson Historic Site Walking Tour
Fort Gibson Historic Site Walking Tour1... Stockade
2... Caretaker's Cabin
3... Library
4... Mess House
5... Kitchen
6... Bakery
7... Married Officer's Quarters
8... C.O.'s Quarters
9... Cabin
10.. Well
11.. Sutler Store
12.. Sutler's Quarters
13.. Boundary Marker
14.. Civil War Earth Works
15.. Quartermaster Warehouse
16.. Warehouse
17.. Adjutants Office
18.. Blacksmith Shop
19.. Monument
20.. Officer's Quarters
21.. C.O.'s Quarters
22.. Officer's Quarters
23.. Barracks
24.. Well
25.. Guard House
26.. Chapel
27.. Hospital
28.. Bakery
29.. Well
30.. Powder Magazine
31.. Commissary (Visitor Center)
32.. Sinks
33.. Boundary Marker

Museumsmore

Historic Garrett House Museum
Historic Garrett House MuseumThis historic home was built in 1867 as the commanding officers residence, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The three story home was part of the Fort Gibson Fort established in Indian Territory in 1824. The privately owned home has been in the Judge Claude Garrett family since 1924. That year young lawyer, Garrett, and his bride, the former Katherine Oldham, ignored the advice of elders and bought a ramshackle stone home looking across the weed-infested parade ground of the decayed fort.

Wooden porches were replaced with ornamental iron columns. The front entrance as well as the tall French windows are original. In the typical style of the 19th century, ceilings on the second floor are 12 feet high allowing plenty of room for tall posts of a fine four-poster bed. The woodwork is hand-finished walnut and oak, all from trees cut in the river bottoms of the area. For 23 years, it sheltered Colonels, Captains, and Majors who commanded in the last years of Fort Gibson.

The house is rich in history that began with the fort and into the Judge Claude Garrett family. Once used as the family's residence, this restored mansion is open by appointment and for tours.

Cemeteriesmore

Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Fort Gibson National CemeteryThe only National Cemetery in Oklahoma. Established in 1868, this cemetery contains graves of veterans from every war since 1812.

Cemeteriesmore

Cherokee National Cemetery
Cherokee National CemeteryThe Cherokee National Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark maintained by the Cherokee Nation from before the Civil War until its transfer to the town of Fort Gibson in 1906.

William P. Ross and other officials and dignitaries are buried in this cemetery.

William P. Ross, Executive Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was born at Lookout Mountain in Tennessee in 1820 and graduated at Princetown College. He died at Fort Gibson, I.T. July 20, 1891.

Historic Churchesmore

First Presbyterian Church and Fort Gibson Bell
First Presbyterian Church and Fort Gibson BellThe bell located adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church was orginally used in the church at Fort Gibson when it was acquired in 1832.

Historic Homesmore

Langston House
Langston HouseThe Langston House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Historic Buildingsmore

1903 Building
1903 BuildingThis interesting building is located on the corner of south Lee across from the Fort Gibson State Bank.

Railroad Historymore

Fort Gibson Depot
Fort Gibson DepotThe old depot is located across the street from the Fort Gibson stockade parking area and now offers gifts and information for visitors to the fort.

Landmarksmore

Fort Gibson Dam
Fort Gibson DamSurrounded by high bluffs, with the expansive lake on one side and rushing river on the other, the massive structure of Fort Gibson Dam is impressive. Observation areas provide excellent views. The dam is located on the Grand (or Neosho) river about five miles northwest of Fort Gibson and about eight miles above the point where the Grand river meets the Arkansas River. The lake lies in Wagoner, Cherokee and Mayes Counties, extending upriver to the Markham Ferry Dam.

Designed and built by the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers, the project was started in 1942, suspended during World War II, and completed in 1953.

Fort Gibson is the downstream unit of a three-lake system for flood control and hydroelectric power. Pensacola Dam on Grand Lake and Markham Ferry Dam on Lake Hudson are the other two units in the system. These three, together with Keystone Lake, Lake Eufaula and Lake Tenkiller store enough water to ensure year-round operation of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigational System as well as serve the purposes of low-flow regulation and water supply.

Trailsmore

Chouteau National Hiking Trail
Chouteau National Hiking TrailThe Jean Pierre Chouteau National Hiking Trail stretches from River Park to the Port of Catoosa along the Grand, Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers. It is located alongside the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation Channel.

The trail is approximately 60 miles in length. Six public use areas with camping and picnicking facilities are located at various points on the trail. Camping is allowed in designated areas and by primitive permit in remote areas. Portions of the trail are also designated as an equestrian trail and hikers should be aware that they may encounter trail riders.

RV Parksmore

River Park
River ParkRiver Park provides a boat ramp to the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Channel, campsites, picnic tables, and is the southern trail head of the Jean Peirre Chouteau National Hiking Trail.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Ataloa Lodge
Original Indian arts, crafts and artifacts.

Museumsmore

Thomas-Foreman Home
Original Furnishings, private collections.

Memorialsmore

Muskogee War Memorial Park
USS Batfish - 312-foot WWII submarine.

Memorialsmore

Honor Heights Park
Built as a tribute to World War I veterans, Honor Heights Park was originally purchased by the City of Muskogee in 1909, Honor Heights Park has proved to be the "The crown jewel in Muskogee's park system." The idyllic setting of the features of this 132-acre park makes it attractive to visitors year round. There are many picnic areas, a shelter, a pavilion, a gazebo, and public restrooms. You will also find activities such as fishing in 5 lakes & ponds from the shore or our fully accessible fishing docks, playground, open play areas, three tennis courts, or sand volleyball.

Honor Heights is home to three trails: Henry Bresser Nature Trail, the Audubon Trail which is a favorite of local birders, and the half-mile Stem Beach Trail which is a habit of local runners and walkers. It is also home to the Conard Rose Garden, the C. Clay Harrell Arboretum, Art Johnson Memorial Dogwood Collection, Elbert L. Little, Jr. Native Tree Collection, Azalea gardens, floral gardens, white garden, and the Rainbow Division Memorial Amphitheater.

Honor Heights is also home to the city's largest festivals: The Azalea Festival and The Garden of Lights.

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Muskogee Country Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Golf Coursesmore

Lin Lar Golf Course
Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days

Fun Centersmore

The Castle of Muskogee
The Castle is the home of the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, The Halloween Festival, The Christmas Kingdom, The Boare\'s Heade Feaste, and one of the largest selections of fireworks in the state of Oklahoma.

Museumsmore

Wallis Museum
Fossils, rocks, indian artifacts. Located in the Student Union Buildling, Conners State College.

Museumsmore

Nowata County Historical Museum
Nowata County Historical MuseumYour first stop, when in Nowata, should be our own Historical Museum.
The museum contains twenty-four rooms of history and memories of the
people who began a life of farming, cattle, and eventually oil. Besides the 24 rooms, we have two long halls with displays. The oilfield exhibits are displayed outside the museum. Manned entirely by volunteers and funded by donations, you will learn of our rich history and places to see. This is the largest museum in the surrounding area of Green Country.

Room are dedicated to different eras, some to the oil boom, the World Wars, wood carving, early Oil Machinery Exhibitsday tools, ladies' fashions, and an old fashioned kitchen, to name a few. One room holds memories of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes in Nowata County while another room is dedicated to cowboys and girls of yesterday such as the famed Nowata County trick rider, Pauline Nesbitt, national prize winner in 1936.

The museum library contains hundreds of books and photographs.

Historic Homesmore

Glass Mansion
Glass MansionAnother facility owned and operated by the Nowata Historical Society, the Glass mansion, better known as "The Glass house," is as fine a structure as many found in larger cities of the country. Built in 1883, its exquisite furnishings and graceful rooms are put to good use today for special occasions and tour groups. Even weddings and bridal showers are celebrated within its walls.

Homes that oil built are of architectural interest in that they represent the wealth of early Nowata. The Glass house is an outstanding example of this. The house was built by John Duncan Forsyth in 1932 for J. Wood Glass and his wife, Eva Dorothy Payne Embry Glass, and was designed by Mr. Glass who had come to Nowata in 1902, to join his uncles in the banking and mercantile business. He eventually established a law office and was prominent in oil activities.

Historic Hotelsmore

Savoy Hotel
Savoy HotelThe Savoy Hotel, once the largest hospital for miles around, is undergoing major refurbishing today. Once famous for its mineral baths, plans are to restore them. Flea markets are now held in the lobby of this distinguished building the first Saturday of each month. An antique and craft store is also located inside.

Historic Hotelsmore

Campbell Hotel
Campbell HotelThe 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, 1878. They came from Virginia to Indian Territory in 1880, and settled in Old Alluwe with a general merchandise store and a cattle business. J.E. Campbell owned and operated one of the first general stores in Old Alluwe.

They later moved to Nowata and Mr. Campbell organized The First National Bank and owned the Campbell and Cobb Dry Goods Store. The name of the Campbell Hotel was changed to the Noweta Lodge in 1963 when it was completely refurbished.

Historic Courthousesmore

Courthouse and War Memorial
Courthouse and War MemorialThe 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 101 of the American Legion, the Nowata VFW Post Number 2745, and the County Commissioners. It was originally dedicated in the memory of the Nowata
County military personnel who died in WWI, and WWII. In 1990, the La Ke Kon Club War Memorialsold 500 bricks and bought stones for memorials for those who died in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Artsmore

Woody Crumbo Mural
Woody Crumbo MuralLocated in the lobby of the Nowata Post Office is the 1943 mural by Oklahoman, Woody Crumbo.

Crumbo, a Potawatomie Indian born in 1912 near Lexington, Oklahoma, was credited with more than 1200 one-man art shows during his career. His work appears in collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the collection of Queen Elizabeth of England. Woody Crumbo was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1978.

Historic Buildingsmore

Clark Hardware
Having been in business since 1938, Clark Hardware was originally located in the Old Farmers Supply Building. In 1949, the current building was built. All the shelving in the south wall came from the Old Farmers Supply Building and is made of walnut. A weighing scale was also saved from the old building.

There are many priceless tokens in the store. The cash register used by Mr. Clark was bought in Furkman, Kansas in 1918 and it is solid brass. The vault door was actually used by one of the earlier banks. There is also a gold plated hammer awarded to C. C. Clark for his years with Richard and Conover Hardware.

Artsmore

Outdoor Art
Outdoor ArtThe mural painted on the building in the 100 block of South Maple keeps the heritage of Notawa in our forefront as it exemplifies our progress in becoming a proud part of our state and nation.

Golf Coursesmore

Nowata Country Club
Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 365 days

Museumsmore

Henryetta Territorial Museum
Henryetta Territorial MuseumHenryetta mementos, artifacts.

Recreationmore

Henryetta Lake
Henryetta LakeFishing, Boating, Skiing, Fishing Piers, Boat Ramps, Camping at Nichols Park.

Golf Coursesmore

Museumsmore

Creek Council House Museum
Creek Council House MuseumThe heart of Okmulgee is the town square featuring the Creek Council House Museum. Erected in 1878, the museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is acknowledged as a National Historic Landmark. The Museum was established in 1923 by the Creek Indian Memorial Association as an education center for those wanting to learn about Native American History.

The Council House was constructed to serve as the Capitol of Muscogee (Creek) Nation. All tribal affairs were conducted in these building. The facility contained separate chambers for the Executive and Judicial branches of the government, with the Legislative branch divided into the House of Kings and House of Warriors.

The museum's permanent collection of archives chronicle the sociocultural history of the Muscogee (Creek) people before and after their forced removal from their tribal homes in Georgia and Alabama. In addition, each year Native arts and crafts are displayed through temporary exhibits, art shows, and the Council House Indian Art Market.

In 1993, the Creek Council House Museum underwent a one million dollar renovation, which earned a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Red Stick Gallery offers a variety of elegant Native American gifts, such as jewelry, bead work, pottery, and baskets.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Creek Nation Tribal Complex
Creek Nation Tribal ComplexThe Creek Nation Tribal Complex serves as the government headquarters for the Creek Nation including all divisions of tribal government.

The Mound Building at the Complex is modeled from the Southeastern Mound Culture of the Southeastern United States Indian. The building is the center of community, spiritual, and cultural life.

The complex houses executive, judicial, and legislative offices. Next the the complex is the Creek Nation Okmulgee Bingo Hall and the Creek Nation Rodeo Arena, home to the Creek National Rodeo in June.

Historic Homesmore

Oil Mansions
Oil MansionsOkmulgee is very uncommon. Steeped in history, Okmulgee is home to an eclectic mix of people, buildings, and cultures. Oilmen and money carved Okmulgee out of terra cotta and stone. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state.

The style is reflected in the homes as well. Victorian details and wide porches distinguish some homes, while Craftsman bungalows line many streets. Oil played a big part in the houses of Okmulgee. Oil mansions dot the landscape. Some of the largest homes are gone, but others, steeped in grace and style, remain.

In the 1920s Okmulgee had more millionaires per capita than New York City.

Historic Theatresmore

Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum TheatreEntertainment came of age in Okmulgee as a result of oil money. Okmulgee was home to two Vaudeville theatres, one of which still stands today. The Orpheum Theatre has undergone renovation and features first run movies and special events today.

The Cook Theatre was built by L.H.D. Cook (opening in 1921) who kept busy in the business end of vaudeville. The three story building had double-stacked balconies with a divider, lounges upstairs and boxes built into the downstairs walls. The stage had trap doors and elevators leading to the basement. Cook changed the name to the Orpheum when he signed a contract with the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit to bring in traveling shows.

Historic Courthousesmore

Okmulgee County Courthouse
Okmulgee County CourthouseThe Okmulgee County Court House was completed in 1918, with marble walls and floors. The bonds for the court house had been sold to Katie Fixico, a wealthy Creek Indian, whose house has long housed the restaurant known as "The Southern Mansion."



Historic Churchesmore

Historic Churches
Historic Churches

Episcopal Church - Built in 1902, the building was originally the home of the Methodist Church and remained so until 1911, when it was purchased by the Episcopal Church for the sum of $2,000. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1913 the church was remodeled and refurnished.


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Methodist Church - The Methodist Church traces its history in Okmulgee to 1869 when the town was first established. In 1902, the First Methodist Episcopal Church South built the stone church which now serves as home of the Episcopal Church. Following a union of the Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South, and the Methodist Protestant churches in 1939, they became the Methodist Church. The present building, which was built in 1910, was purchased in 1940.

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First Christian Church - Though earliest records indicate the Christian Church existed in Okmulgee prior to the turn of the century, the first actual documentation reflects a meeting of "Ladies Aid Society" at the home of Mrs. W.M. Cott, 110 North Alabama.

Construction of the present building began with the laying of the cornerstone on June 17, 1917. The first worship service was held in the new building on Sunday, May 5, 1918.

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Historic Districtsmore

Historic Downtown - Severs Block
Historic Downtown - Severs BlockSpringing up as a trading area around the Creek Council House, downtown Okmulgee grew by leaps and bounds in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state.

The Servers Block was a testament to one of Okmulgee's earliest pioneers. Captain F.B. Severs first established the "Big Store" as it was known by the Creek Indians, just northeast of the Creek Council House. In 1882, the original building was torn down and a stone building erected. This was the second stone building in Okmulgee.

By 1900, when the railroad came through, Captain Severs owned most of the land along the north side of Sixth Street from Morton Street to the Frisco Station. By 1907, servers remodeled and expanded his building to the east. The Citizens National Bank at 101 East Sixth has been located in the orginal Severs location since 1909 and the west exterior wall still shows the orginal stone of the Severs store.

Historic Buildingsmore

"Skyscraper"
The Commerce Building, Okmulgee's Skycraper, was built by the Commerce Investment Company in 1921. At various times, in addition to many offices and apartments in the upper floors, the ground floor has served as home for various businesses including J.C. Penny Company, the Kress Company, an apparel shop, carpets and paints, and at least three drug stores.

The eight story building was designed by Leon Senter and is now undergoing complete renovation.

Historic Buildingsmore

Okmulgee Library
Okmulgee LibraryThe Okmulgee Public Library, organized in 1907 by a local women's civic organization, was incorporated in 1910, and became a department of the City in 1914. The present Library building, the result of $100,000 in bonds voted for library purposes, was dedicated May 27, 1922, and became the first library in the state to be built with local funds. On July 26, 1983, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and on May 1, 1987, celebrated its 80th birthday.

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OSU-Okmulgee
OSU-OkmulgeeOSU-Okmulgee is a vital part of the community. The university, with a world-class reputation, provides over 40 degree programs in advancing technologies and an outstanding culinary arts program as well.

Golf Coursesmore

Okmulgee Golf Course
Okmulgee Golf CourseFor golfers, Okmulgee Country Club's course is open to the public on weekdays.

Established in 1920 with a "very average" course, the country club now boasts of having one of the better 9-hole courses in the state. It is an attractive course benefiting from an aggressive tree planting program.

There is a top quality pro shop on site with clothing and equipment and special orders can be made there at competitive prices. Charity tournaments are often hosted by the country club.

Museumsmore

Bigheart Museum
Originally named Bigheart, after the chief of the Osage Indians, Barnsdall is now named after oilman T.N. Barnsdall. The Bigheart Museum houses artifacts from the city's oilfield days, and Cherokee and Osage Nation artifacts.

One Of A Kindsmore

Main Street Oil Well
"Ripley's believe It Or Not" calls it the world's only oil well in the middle of Main Street.

Railroad Historymore

MKT Railroad Depot and Hospitality Center
MKT Railroad Depot and Hospitality CenterThe present depot was expanded in 1925 from the original depot built about 1910. Missouri-Kansas-Texas service started in 1904 and continued until 1977. During the oil boom years of the 1920s, nine freight and four passenger grains stopped in Hominy each day.

Adapted for community use during the 1980s, the north end's original waiting rooms serve as the Chamber of Commerce office. The south end is now the Silver Dollar Depot Cafe.

Artsmore

"City of Murals"
Artist Cha' Tullis, a Blackfoot Indian, began painting giant murals in Hominy in April 1990. Along with other local artists, 40 and more spectacular murals depict Indian folklore and are a delight to behold, located on various buildings throughout town.

Cha' also has created several outstanding metal sculptures of Indians high atop Standpipe Hill in Hominy, as well as a handsome buffalo that stands next to the Gazebo on the Green downtown. Cha' has been able to create these extraordinary works of art through private donations, as well as grants from the State Arts Council. Cha' and his wife, Teena, have a gallery and gift shop on Main Street, and they encourage you to stop in and get acquainted."Messenger" - Artist, Cha', 1993

"Messenger" - Artist, Cha' Tullis, 1993
Located at N. Pettit and E. Main

Series - Artist, Cha'Series of Murals across several buildings - Artist, Cha' Tullis
W. Main and Reagan

"Oklahoma's Undieing Spirit" - Artist, Amiron"Oklahoma's Undieing Spirit" - Artist, Amiron
Located at Wood and Main




"Searcher" - Artist, Tim Hoyhurt

 


 

"Searcher" - Artist, Tim Hoyhurt
Located at W. Main and Reagan

"Osage Thunder" - Artist, M. Bearden, 1995"Osage Thunder" - Artist, M. Bearden, 1995
Located at Main and S. Reagan

Located on Main Street alongside the door opening.


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Outdoor Sculptures
Outdoor SculpturesCha' Tullis also has created several outstanding metal sculptures of Indians high atop Standpipe Hill in Hominy, as well as a handsome buffalo that stands next to the Gazebo on the Green downtown.

 

These concrete buffalo graze peacefully in a vacant lot along West Main.Grazing Bufflao

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Historic Drummond Home
Historic Drummond HomeFred Drummond moved to Hominy from Pawhuska to begin construction on his home and mercantile business in 1905. He and his family later expanded into cattle ranching.

The home and its original furnishings were donated to the Oklahoma Historic Society in 1980 and interprets the oil boom years between 1915 and 1920.

Historic Homesmore

Shady Brook Home
Shady Brook HomeBuilt about 1900 by an early merchant, the home was originally located a number of feet east of its present location. When the town was platted and streets laid out in 1905, the house sat in the street. The home was purchased about 1910 by Dr. J.J. Fraley, an early physician.

In the 1980s, the home was acquired by Mrs. Fraley's great niece and has gradually been renovated and landscaped.

The residence is not open to the public, but the personality expressed in the house and landscaping is delightful to view. Dr. Fraley's "shingle" can still be seen swinging at the front gate - "Dr. J.J. Fraley, Physician and Surgeon."

Historic Schoolhousesmore

1904 School House
1904 School HouseThe 1904 Stone School House was built as a subscription school on the Osage Reservation. The building was also used for early church services, funerals, and plays.

Literally saved from the bulldozer in the 1960s, it now serves as the administrative office of the Hominy independent school district.

Historic Buildingsmore

Marland Oils Building
Marland Oils BuildingHominy's 1921 Marland service station is one of the few surviving examples of the popular triangle design utilized by the old Marland Oil Company (now Conoco). The building is under restoration by the Hominy Heritage Association.

 

Stop in at the station and study some of the bygone road service memorabilia displayed on the wall alongside the station.Memorabilia Wall

Historic Buildingsmore

Rexall Drug Store
Rexall Drug StoreConstructed in 1907, the building has always served the community as a drug store. Its affiliation with Rexall dates to the 1920s. The second floor was used for many years by various professions including law, dentistry, and photography.

The adjoining store has held a variety of business. It has recently had its original tin ceiling restored and is now a gift shop.

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Osage Round House
Osage Round HouseBuilt in 1919 to replace an earlier roundhouse, it is the only surviving community round house in Osage County. Traditionally the focus for village activities, it has been used for dances, gatherings, and meetings and is a symbol of tribal unity and tradition to the Osage Indians.

Memorialsmore

White Hair Memorial
White Hair MemorialThis Osage center features a collection of Lillie Morrell Burkheart. It is the former home of the first woman to be nominated to the Osage Tribal Council and a descendant of Chief Pawhuska. Ribbonwork and other cultural items are on display.

Dinner Theatresmore

The Victorian Theater
The Victorian TheaterThe Victorian Theater is a groundbreaking, exciting new concept in combining fine dining, entertainment and retail sales all located in one facility designed to bring patrons the ultimate multisensory experience.

The interior has been professionally decorated with exquisite original art, waterfalls, fountains, illuminating trees and Victorian styled streetlamps. Dining tables are positioned in a fashion which provides the illusion of dining in an outdoor environment within a private setting. The Victorian theme is evident throughout the facility, including period costumes for the wait staff, which adds to the effect of relaxation during a time when Dinner was truly a social event to be savored.

The 500-seat facility has round tables and can seat up to six persons per table. Centerpieces of Victorian fairies with moving wings will fascinate and enhance the dining pleasure. Meals are Chef-prepared with the finest cuts of Black Angus steaks, especially prepared to be tender and satisfy the most discriminating palate. Vegetables, as well as our gourmet desserts, are prepared with an European flair and flavor.

The indoor mini-mall consists of two shops, a designer label shop for women focusing on the plus size woman but accommodating average sizes as well. Men, as well, again with a focus on plus sizes, will be fascinated to find Armani, Gucci and other top names, for the discriminating person who wishes to dress well, at reasonable prices. The Gift Shop will have items which are difficult to find, including scrolling lighted belt buckles, Austrian Crystal neckties, belts, designer handbags and dozens of other items.

The theater, with wide screen, has been approved by the seven major Movie Studios, to show first run movies on the nights we do not offer live concerts and truly is a 'Dinner and a Movie' experience. The semi circle, raised 65-foot stage is designed to hold large musical acts as well as live theater.

For those who smoke, a glassed in area has been built, with the same ambiance so patrons can enjoy the same dining experience as those who do not smoke and has met State requirements for indoor smoking, without offending other patrons who are non-smokers.

The concession stand, with both Coca-Cola and Pepsi products, also has healthy drinks available for those who prefer lighter beverages.

Two stretch limos for transportation, each holding a capacity of 8 persons, can be provided.

Children under 12 are not allowed in the Dining areas, in order for diners to have a more pleasurable experience. In the future, a child care facility on premises will be available with CCTV monitors in order for parents to view their children at all times while still enjoying a private evening without having to leave the children at home.

Historic Districtsmore

Downtown National Historic Register District
Downtown National Historic Register DistrictThe historic district in Pawhuska is comprised of 98 buildings, 86 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These two and three-story brick structures, along with a five-story triangle building, provide an impressive tribute to days gone by.

Museumsmore

Osage County Historical Museum
Osage County Historical MuseumOne of the three museums in and around Pawhuska, the Osage County Historical Museum is housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot built in 1922. The museum features exhibits on Indian, pioneer, oil heritage, Boy Scouts and western heritage. Most notably, memorabilia and the history of the first U.S. Boy Scout troop founded in Pawhuska are on exhibit.

Other points of interest located on the museum grounds include two rail cars actually used by the Santa Fe Railroad between Kansas and Pawhuska, two gazebos ( one 1890), and a restored one room school house (Edith Layton School House).Edith Layton School House

Monumentsmore

Boy Scout Monument
Boy Scout MonumentThe first boy scout troop in America was organized in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma, in May, 1909, by Reverend John F. Mitchell, a missionary priest from England sent to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, by the Church of England. Rev. Mitchell, who had been associated in scout work with Lord Baden-Powell in England, organized the troop of Boy Scouts under English charter, and equipped them with English uniforms and manuals. A life-sized bronze statue stands as a monument in front of the Osage County Historical Museum to honor Reverend Mitchell and the 19 charter members who were organized under English charter.

Pawhuska's troop had the honor of being Troop No. 1 in the Boys Scouts of America, and has the certificate on exhibit in the Historical Museum in the Scout Room. When the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts was formed in Bartlesville, Pawhuska was numbered Troop 33. This Troop No. 33 is a continuance of the original first Boy Scout troop in America.

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Osage Tribal Museum, Library, & Archives
Osage Tribal Museum, Library, & ArchivesPawhuska, in addition to being the capitol of the Osage Indian Nation, is also proud to have the Osage Tribal Museum. Along with the grand murals in the Osage Tribe, the Osage Tribal Museum preserves the culture of the Osage Tribe via displays, lectures, crafts and a library. Notable exhibits include the famous Black Dog Shield and a photograph exhibit numbering over 2,000.

The museum is the oldest continually operated tribal museum in the United States and features an extensive collection of archival photographs dating as far back as 1871, as well as documents and maps. The Museum also proudly displays a number of oil paintings of various tribal chiefs and dignitaries. Visitors can watch videos on Native American Indian arts and crafts such as Osage ribbon work, shawl-making, and beadwork. Audio tapes are also available. There are occasional lectures, programs for the public, and classes.

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Osage Tribal Council Chambers
Osage Tribal Council ChambersThe chambers are located in the Osage Indian Tribal Administrative Building which houses many murals depicting Osage history. The north wall shows the origin of the Osage history while the south wall depicts current history. Many contemporary Osages are shown on the south wall mural. The murals were commissioned in 1981. Private showings arranged through the Osage Nation officials.

Historic Theatresmore

Constantine Community Center
Constantine Community CenterThe theater was originally built as the Pawhuska House Hotel in the 1880's. In 1911, Mr. C.C. Constantine purchased the building and remodeled it into the elegant Constantine Theater. In 1987, a group of concerned citizens began a long, tedious renovation. It is now over 90% complete, with a live stage in Greek Revival Style and a seating capacity of 589 and outstanding accoustics. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National League of Historic Theatres.Constantine Theatre

Hosts dressed in vintage clothing welcome group tours that may be arranged, with options of History and Slides, or On Stage Audience Participation, or "Opening Doors and Peeking into Closets." By the way, the Constantine Ghost is featured in a new paperback book by Ellen Robson and Dianne Halicki: Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, which features 66 spine-tingling tales of ghostly encounters along or close to America's most famous highway.

Historic Churchesmore

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchThis church is known widely as the "Cathedral of the Osage". Special permission from the Vatican had to be granted to depict living tribal members in the glorious stained glass that was crafted in Munich, Germany in 1919. The two largest windows show scenes significant to the Osage. One shows Columbus meeting a party of Indians and the other shows prominent Osage of the era gathered around the black cassocked Rev. Schoenmakers.

Historic Buildingsmore

Triangle Building
Triangle BuildingThis is a rare, free-standing triangle building. As early buildings in Pawhuska were constructed, a triangle-shaped piece of land was left in the middle of town. It was a park with a two-story bandstand in the center. In 1915, this five-story, "flat-iron" building was completed. In the Oil Boom days, the building housed over 100 lawyers.

Pawhuska's most recent project is Pocket Park. Most downtown activities occur in the "triangle area" in front of theTriangle Building. After a downtown building burned near this "triangle area", the city and the Private Industry Training Council Summer Youth Employees constructed a "pocket park" to accommodate pedestrian usage as well as downtown festival activities.

Historic Buildingsmore

Pawhuska City Hall
Pawhuska City HallCity Hall is located in the building which was the first Osage Tribal Council House. The present stone building, built in 1894, is the second building, as the original was destroyed by fire. The bell in the tower was used to call councilmen to meetings.



Pioneer Historymore

Blacksmith House
Blacksmith HouseBuilt in 1871, this 5 room house with native timbers and 18" thick sandstone walls was the first to be built in Pawhuska. When the Osage were moved from Kansas, Sid Delarue, a Swiss blacksmith, was promised the house if he would come to care for their horses.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, May 7, 1979, the house was acquired by donation from the First National Bank to the Pawhuska Community Foundation.

Historic Courthousesmore

Osage County Courthouse
Osage County CourthouseThe County Courthouse building was completed in 1914.

Osage County is the largest county in Oklahoma, twice as large as the entire state of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

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Superintendent's Home
Superintendent's HomeSuperintendent's Home has been the residence to 30 Osage Agency Superintendents. In 1994, the home was turned into administrative offices for the recently formed Osage National Council. This building is constructed of sandstone quarried in Osage County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Buildingsmore

Kennedy Building
Kennedy BuildingThe Kennedy Building was once the Citizen's National Bank Building. The building was donated to Osage County in 1976, when National Bank of Commerce moved to it new facility. Osage County renovated the building in 1990 for the Department of Human Services. It was named the Kennedy Building in honor of Ed Kennedy, President of National Bank of Commerce when it was donated to the county.

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First National Bank Historic Site
First National Bank Historic SiteThe First National Bank is on the site of the second Osage Agency as the original log cabin in the valley burned. The Osage Tribe built a hand-cut sandstone two-story building which housed the agency and commissary. In 1924, this current structure was built.

Cemeteriesmore

Chief Lookout Memorial
Located approximately 3 miles north and east of Pawhuska, it is the burial site of Chief Fred Lookout and his wife, Julia. The site is on top of a mountain and is marked with a granite stone that is 10 feet tall.

This scenic overlook has a 360 degree panoramic view of Pawhuska, Bird Creek Valley, and Osage County.


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Artwork Displays

Original paintings depicting several of Pawhuska's most famous historical buildings are on display at the the NBC Bank. Visitors are welcome to view the artwork Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

8th and Leahy

An extensive Bronze collection by local artist John D. Free is hosted by the Osage Federal Savings and Loan. Bronzes may be viewed Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Main Street and Freedom


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Bronze Sculptures
Bronze Sculptures"Okie Cowboy"

"I spent much of my boyhood with a cowboy, the genuine article. This bronze sculpture reminds me of him, a man who had time for a boy." - Pawhuska Sculptor, John D. Free

A gift to the city of Pawhuska from Strat and Bobbie Tolson, 2000

112 W. Main, Between the historic buildings of the Constantine Center and the City Hall

"Osage in the Enemy Camp"

"Osage in the Enemy Camp"

"Seeking to attain his tribe's highest war honor by touching his enemy." - Pawhuska Sculptor, John D. Free, Sr.

A gift to the city of Pawhuska from Strat and Bobbie Tolson

Located along Grandview on the West side of the Triangle Building

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Osage Indian Heritage
Osage Indian HeritageFrom early tribal tradition, and from the research of archaeologists and historians, and the ancestors of the Osage, we know that this tribe of Indians was closely affiliated with the Siouan, or Dhegiha tribes, their dialect being much the same.

The name, Osage, is a corruption of the tribal name, Wa-Zha-Zhe, that the Indians used themselves, the meaning and derivation is not clear.

The first recorded note of the Osage was by Marquette in 1673. His writing placed them on the Osage River in present Vernon County, Missouri, where they were still established, nearly 100 years later in 1759.

The tribe was divided into two bands; the "Pahatsi" or Great Osage band lived near the mouth of the Marmaton River; and the "Utsehta" or Little Osage band lived a few miles away on the west side of the Little Osage River.

According to early writers, they were found near the Osage River untill 1759, but in their search for food and game, they were gradually moving westward. Late in that century, they encountered other tribes in their hunting expeditions and turned south toward the Arkansas River, and held the country between that stream and the Missouri River, until the immigration of the Cherokee tribe.

There is little known about the Osage from this time until the treaty at St. Louis in 1804. Here we find the explorers and French traders marrying into the Osage tribe. Almost from the beginning, trading with the Indians became a lucrative enterprise, for the white man and the spead of trade brought a large number of tribes into contact with the French, Spanish and English. All groups trying to make allies among the Indians.

Due to the rivalry in trade, the Osage split into two factions, and during this affair the Chouteau brothers, who were French traders of St. Louis, and who for a long time had been interested in the Osage tribe, having Osage wives and children, persuaded a large part of the tribe to locate permanently on the Arkansas River. This group included about half of the Great Osage and a smaller percentage of the Little Osage, and became known as the "Santsukhdhi", or Arkansas Band.

This move was made under the leadership of "Big Track". Villages of these bands were located on the Arkasas River, near the mouth of the Verdigris.

Near Claremore Mound in Rogers County, Oklahoma, was the village of the great hereditary Chief Clermont. This mound and also Claremore, Oklahoma, was named after this great Osage chief.

Before 1836, the United States government maintained a sub-agency for the Osage at the Chouteau trading post, which is now near Okay, Oklahoma, in Wagoner County.

The Osage, according to the historians, in the early days held high rank as hunters among the Great Plains tribes. They planted small crops of corn and squash around their permanent camps. They depended largely upon the buffalo for food and clothing. As the buffalo disappeared from the Mississippi valley, after the invasion of the traders and hide hunters, the Indians were forced to go farther west on hunting expeditions. Thereby, coming into conflict with the Plains Indians, they were called a strong predatory tribe, and were feared for their readiness to fight and their prowess in battle.

The Osage usually set out from their villages on foot, but returned well supplied with horses as spoils of war. During the summer months, entire villages, including women and children, would travel to the plains of western Kansas and northern Oklahoma to hunt. Such hunting expeditions were times of great enjoyment, especially if the buffalo meat was plentiful.

The tribal life of the Osage was largely ceremonial, consisting of religious rites, weddings, child naming and feasting. They were known for their generosity and hospitality, and many a historian speak of their gentleness to children.

Noticeably tall and dignified, they are reputed to have an arrogant, haughty manner due to their importance in American Indian History, from the earliest period of Spanish and French influence, and down to modern times of their great wealth, due to oil and gas on their allotted lands in Oklahoma.

From the first immigration of the Cherokee Tribe westward to Arkansas, the Osage looked upon them as intruders and carried on a war with them, during which Chief Clermont's village was wiped out by the Cherokee in the Battle of Claremore Mound, 1817.

The Osage were also generally at war with the Kiowa and Comanche tribes of the southern plains, the hostilities coming to an end after the territory bands were called together in council, and formed the Treaty of Friendship in 1835. This resulted in an agreement by the southern tribes, that all Indians should have equal hunting rights on the southern prairies as far as the western boundary of the United States, and all American citizens free passage through Indian hunting grounds. This treaty was never broken, although the Osage later served as United States Scouts against the allied plains tribes. Chief Clermont of the Osage signed this treaty. This delegation of the Osage also included the noted leader, Sho-to-ca-be or "Black Dog".

The Osage signed their first treaty with the United States in 1808, ceding to the Federal Government lands new comprising over half the state of Missouri and northern Arkansas, including their old village located on the Little Osage River. Some years later, after approval of this treaty, the Great Osage and the Little Osage moved west to the valley of the Neosho River in Kansas. Pahuska, descendant of the old Chief Pahuska, established the Great Osage Village near the present town of Shaw in Neosho County, while the Little Osage made their village just west of Chanute, Kansas.

The Osage settled here for nearly half a century. Their camps or villages lying in the eastern part of their reservation. This reservation in Kansas was 50 miles wide, bordering present Oklahoma on the north, and extending west to the 100th meridian from a north-south line, 25 miles west of the Missouri line.

When the Osage signed the treaty of 1825 at St. Louis, they ceded all their lands to the United States, all of Oklahoma north of the Arkasas and Canadian Rivers, northwestern Arkansas, western Missouri and nearly half of Kansas.

The Osage at this time became part of the history of Kansas. It was during this period that father John Shoemaker established the Osage Mission, at the present site of St. Paul, Kansas in Neosho County. It became one of the most influential Roman Catholic Schools in the west. It was attended by many Osage boys and girls as well as children from other Indian tribes.

When the Civil War started, members of the Great Osage Band served in the Confederate Army, while many warriors from the Little Osage fought with the Union Army, although provision had been made by treaty for the Little Osage men to fight for the Confederacy.

This division caused great distress among the tribe, and they suffered great property loss when their reservation was overrun by guerilla bands of white soldiers in teh Kansas border fighting. When the war was over, the government secured the cession of a large portion of the Osage land in Kansas.

The tribe soon faced intolerable conditions because the white settler was clamoring for more of the Indian land. An act of Congress on July 15, 1870 provided that the remainder of the Osage land in Kansas be sold for the benefit of the tribe. From the proceeds of this sale, a new reservation was purchased in the Indian Territory, the tract lying in the eastern end of the Cherokee Outlet and consisting of all present Osage County. By 1872, they were settled on their new reservation. Indian Agent, Isaac Gibson, established their new agency. The village that grew up around this agency was named Pawhuska, in honor of old Chief Pahuska (White Hair). It was many years before the Osage recovered from the hardship suffered during their last years in Kansas, and their enforced removal to their new home. Many adjustments to their new way of life had to be made. During this time, Indian Office reports show nearly a 50 percent decline in the Osage population. This was due to inadequate medical supplies and scarcity of food and clothing.

For agricultural purposes, their new land was the poorest in the Indian Territory. They existed by small farming, and later with stock raising. The growth of the cattle raising industry and the fact that their new lands were covered with the rich Bluestem grass, proved to be the best grazing in the entire country. This created a demand for the leasing of the pasture land. Annually the Osage Council leased thousands of acres of this rich pasture land, the proceeds from the leases being divided on a per capita basis among the tribal members.

Just before the Civil War, plans for a tribal government, under a written constitution had been started. Nearly 20 years later, another constitution was adopted by the tribe in a convention held at Pawhuska. It provided for the election by the people of a legislative council and principal chief.

James Bigheart, a full-blood Osage, who served as president of the convention, was later elected as the first and most successful principal chief. Bigheart has been regularly referred to as either the "Moses of the Osages," or the "Joshua of the Osages," (depending on article/author) - he was also a veteran of the Civil War, serving in the 9th Kansas Cavalry, a banker, rancher, businessman, etc.

The United States Agent at Pawhuska at this time was Major Laban J. Miles, and along with his true friendship for the tribe and the Chief's shrewd management, the affairs of the Osage prospered.

Recreationmore

Pawhuska Lake
Lake Pawhuska provides trout fishing from Nov. 1 to Mar. 31. This 96 acre lake with clear water and rocky shorelines is located 3 miles west of Pawhuska on Highway 60 and 2 miles south on the county road. Boat ramps and a fishing dock are available with parking areas and restroom, all handicapped accessible. Camping at Lake Pawhuska is limited to primitive sites. Camp sites with electrical hook-ups are available at nearby Lake Blue Stem. There is no charge for lake access, and the City of Pawhuska has waived boating and fishing permits during trout season.

New excitement in trout fishing has been generated by stocking bigger fish, and rainbow trout between 14 & 24 inches, by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. Lake Pawhuska quickly became a popular location for trout anglers during its first season of stocking in 1997.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

* A resident or nonresident fishing license is required of all persons who take or attempt to take fish, including trout, unless otherwise exempt.
* A trout license ($7.75) is required for all who fish in state designated trout areas or in tributaries to a state designated trout stream during trout season. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

TROUT FISHING TIPS

Oklahoma has two introduced species of tout - rainbows and browns, with rainbows being far more abundant. Fingerling browns are stocked when available in the Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam and in the Lower Illinois River while rainbows are usually stocked every two weeks at all eight of the state's trout areas during designated trout seasons. Anglers can use the following tips to help them put trout on the stringer.

* Use an ultra-light rod and reel spooled with six pound or lighter line to produce more strikes.
* Small spinners, spoons, and crappie size jigs (tube or maribou) are good artificial lures.
* Fishing with live or prepared bait such as worms and salmon eggs is very productive where legal.
* Try small hooks (size 10 to 18) and sinkers to keep bait near the bottom and prevent trout from detecting any resistance.
* Fish during the early morning and late afternoons for best action.
* Concentrate on fishing around structure such as behind large rocks, logs and below riffles. Trout also tend to congregate above and below waterfalls, in an around deep pools and undercut banks.
* Rainbows tend to occupy faster moving water while browns may be found in more slack stretches.
* Trout face upstream to wait for insects to appear above them.
* Fly fisherman should try to fish with flies that resemble the insects and crustaceans that are most seasonally abundant.
* Fishing often improves a few days after stocking when trout have adjusted to their new environment.

Famous Peoplemore

Ben Johnson, Jr. Cultural Park
The park was recently named to honor Academy Award Actor and Pawhuska native, Ben Johnson. Mr. Johnson has appeared in over 300 movies and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "The Last Picture Show."

Born in Oklahoma of Cherokee-Irish stock, Ben Johnson virtually grew up in the saddle. A champion rodeo rider in his teens, Johnson headed to Hollywood in 1940 to work as a horse wrangler on Howard Hughes' The Outlaw. He went on to double for Wild Bill Elliot and other western stars, then in 1947 was hired as Henry Fonda's riding double in director John Ford's Fort Apache (1948). Ford sensed star potential in the young, athletic, slow-speaking Johnson, casting him in the speaking role of Trooper Tyree in both She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950). In 1950, Ford co-starred Johnson with another of his protégés, Harry Carey Jr., in Wagonmaster (1950). Now regarded as a classic, Wagonmaster failed to register at the box office; perhaps as a result, full stardom would elude Johnson for over two decades. He returned periodically to the rodeo circuit, played film roles of widely varying sizes (his best during the 1950s was the pugnacious Chris in George Stevens' Shane [1953]), and continued to double for horse-shy stars. He also did plenty of television, including the recurring role of Sleeve on the 1966 western series The Monroes. A favorite of director Sam Peckinpah, Johnson was given considerable screen time in such Peckinpah gunfests as Major Dundee (1965) and The Wild Bunch (1969). It was Peter Bogdanovich, a western devotee from way back, who cast Johnson in his Oscar-winning role: the sturdy, integrity-driven movie house owner Sam the Lion in The Last Picture Show (1971). When not overseeing his huge horse-breeding ranch in Sylmar, California, Ben Johnson has continued playing unreconstructed rugged individualists in such films as My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991) and Radio Flyer (1992), in TV series like Dream West (1986, wherein Johnson was cast as frontier trailblazer Jim Bridger), and made-for-TV films along the lines of the Bonanza revivals of the 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Nature Preservesmore

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Tallgrass Prairie PreserveOriginally spanning portions of 14 states and covering over 142 million acres, the tallgrass prairie was one of North America's major ecosystems. Today, less than 10% of the original tallgrass prairie remains. Large, unbroken tracts of tallgrass prairie only exist now in the Flint Hills of Oklahoma and Kansas. As a functioning ecosystem, the tallgrass prairie is extinct.

In 1989, The Nature Conservancy purchased the 30,000 acre Barnard Ranch north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma as the cornerstone of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve which now spans over 37,000 acres. The Conservancy's goal is to recreate a functioning tallgrass prairie ecosystem using fire and bison. Fire has been reintroduced to the landscape by using carefully controlled, or "prescribed" burns. Burns are conducted at different times of the year to mimic the original seasonality of presettlement fires. Fire removes dead vegetation, controls encroaching woody vegetation, and increases the vigor and flowering of many plant species. Grazing, by bison, was also one of the primary natural forces that shaped and sustained the presettlement tallgrass prairie. In 1993, the Conservancy reintroduced a herd of 300 bison to the prairie which will grow to a herd of 2,000 animals freely roaming the Preserve.

Sweeping vistas of the open prairie landscape along with incredible sunrises and sunsets are just some of the many natural attractions at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Wildflowers bloom throughout the growing season with peak periods in Spring and late Summer. Over 500 plant species have been identified on the preserve. The namesake tallgrasses, big bluestem, Indiangrass and switchgrass, can grow as tall as 8 feet in moist, deep soil sites. Maximum height is reached in August and September. A diversity of grassland and forest habitats provides excellent birding. Greater prairie chickens boom in April and May. Numerous breeding birds can be seen in the Spring, as well as birds of prey (including bald eagles). The bison calving season runs from April through June; peaking in May. Other common wildlife species include white-tailed deer, bobcats, armadillos, beavers, woodchucks, badgers, coyotes and numerous small mammals.

Enjoy driving through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. A scenic route on public county roads takes visitors through the heart of the preserve. Starting and returning in Pawhuska, the drive is approximately 35 miles, and takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Four scenic turnouts are located along the route. A self-guided nature trail is located near the preserve headquarters. Hikers can take the short loop (1 mile) or the long loop (adds 2 miles). Picnicking is allowed near the preserve headquarters. Camping, hunting and fishing are not allowed on the preserve.

The headquarters of the preserve is in the historic Barnard Ranch Bunkhouse where Ben Johnson entertained the "Duke", John Wayne. The prairie is a popular film location for major motion picture companies.

Information Centersmore

Pawhuska Hospitality Center
Pawhuska Hospitality CenterThe hospitality center was opened in August 1995. Volunteer hosts and hostesses offer visitors to Pawhuska a place to relax and learn information about the city of Pawhuska and surrounding communities. Snacks, souvenir items, and public restrooms are available on site. Tour busses welcome.

Golf Coursesmore

Buffalo Hills Golf Course and Restaurant
Buffalo Hills Golf Course and Restaurant has been nestled in the stately oak trees just south of Pawhuska since 1919. During most of its 86 years of operation, this challenging course, as well as the food and beverage service, was only available to members. Pawhuska Bar and Grille, located in the clubhouse, now offers a picturesque, relaxing setting for the finest cuisine and drinks in this historic community.

The former Pawhuska Golf and Country Club is now operated as a public course with renovated greens of Bentgrass, automatic underground spinklers and improved Bermuda fairways. Multiple tee boxes create the feel of playing 18 holes on the "back 9" of this 9 hole course. In addition to the beautiful setting, the challenge of the longest Par 5 hole in the state (665 yards) draws golfers from a wide area. A new pro shop has been added in the club house and improvements have been made to the kitchen and the restaurant. The elegant yet casual atmosphere of the dining room and affordable fine cuisine attracts frequent visitors from a 40 mile radius. There is long tradition of this location as "the place" for a nice lunch or dinner.

Golf facilities include a cart space rental shed as well as storage space for the leased carts and a maintenance shop for the groundskeeper. Current golf and clubhouse facilities utilize approximately 49 of the 80 acres. There are three types of memberships available for those avid golfers--Family, which includes restaurant and bar charge privileges; Links, which is golf only, and Corporate.

Golf Coursesmore

Pawhuska Golf & Country Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Museumsmore

Charles Page Memorial Library & Museum
Pristine example of Oklahoma art deco architecture.

Trailsmore

Katy Trail
Flatlanders bicycling along the Arkansas River.

Golf Coursesmore

Birdwatchingmore

Keystone Watchable Wildlife Area
Winter bald eagle viewing - October-April.

Gardensmore

Bivin Garden
Bivin GardenRay and Mollie Bivin have taken a hobby and created an Eden of six acres of landscaped gardens, including ornamental ponds and five rock gardens. The rockeries are decorated with rocks from Africa and South America interspersed with perennial and annual flowers. The garden is divided into sections, and one of these on the north side covering three acres is planted with hundreds of trees and shrubs. A wild flower area, together with another ornamental pond, is in this section of the garden. All these flowers are native American varieties. There are also six aviaries which contain peacocks, exotic pheasants, parakeets and tumbler pigeons.

There is something of interest to be seen at all times throughout the season, from spring until fall. The optimum time to visit the garden is between mid-June and mid-July.

Pioneer Historymore

1920's Jail
Relic from oil boom days.

Artsmore

Heritage Mural
Work of local artist Joe Perales, a Presidential Award nominee.

Jamboreesmore

Bill Brown's Oklahoma Jubilee
Musical performances.

Golf Coursesmore

Wineriesmore

Prairie Rattler Winery
Free wine tasting and tours. 1 mile west of state hwy 11 and state hwy 18 intersection in Shidler.

Museumsmore

Skiatook Museum
Skiatook MuseumAt Skiatook Museum, anyone interested in their family tree or Skiatook's past, can view personal papers, documents, and photographs of the pioneer families, events and places, which are recorded here.

In 1988, after five moves, the Skiatook Museum moved into the home of pioneer doctor, W.G. Phillips. The home was built in 1912 and contained his office. Dr. Phillips came to Skiatook in 1910 and served the community for over 50 years. His medical diploma and college graduation picture are on display at the museum, as well as some of his cabinets with instruments. Also, furniture and other household items of the town's pioneers are on display. The museum has related displays and Civil War
artifacts from the Bird Creek Basin and Quapaw Creek.

Another feature at the museum is the microfilm reader. Visitors may use the reader to research into newspapers dating back to April of 1905, the date the first newspaper in town started printing.

Artsmore

World's Largest Statuary
World's Largest StatuaryIn 32 years of production, the Skiatook Statuary has shipped casting to both coasts, Canada and points south in Texas and Florida. On one rare occasion, products were sent air freight to Saudi Arabia, and another via the Port of Catoosa, to Russia. There are over 5 acres of beautiful concrete ornamentals.

Products at Skiatook Statuary are manufactured entirely with Oklahoma materials and Oklahoma labor in an Oklahoma town ... Skiatook. Since 1967, the Statuary has created ornamental concrete pieces ranging in size from one-inch to six-foot and weighing from only a few ounces to over a 1,000 pounds."The Monarch Lion"

"The Monarch Lion" - Sculptured in 1928, by an artist brought from England. Only a handful were cast from the mold. 60 years later the last original casting was brought to Skiatook Statuary by the corporation that had "delegated" the original 1928 sculpture. Rights to the production of this classic lion were granted exclusively to Skiatook Statuary in 1988. The rubber liner part of the mold is more than two men can lift. The fiberglass "backing", of course, is considerably more in weight. It is heavily reinforced through the tail, legs and base.

Dimensions: 2' x 7' x 4' Tall

Production Tours welcome with advanced planning.


Battlesitesmore

Battle of Chustenahlah Site
Battle of Chustenahlah Site"This site, 3.5 miles NW is where Col. James McIntosh, 2nd ARK.MTD. Rifles, routed loyal Union Indian forces, December 26, 1861. The Battle opened with fire from the Indian line on Patriot's Hill, 2 miles SW. The loyal union Indians finally fled to Kansas."

- Oklahoma Historical Society, 167-1995

Memorialsmore

Veteran's Memorial
Veteran's MemorialLocal citizens rallied together with the Town and a beautiful Veteran's Memorial was constructed on the grounds of the newer cemetery, Osage Gardens Cemetery. This unique memorial provides a pavilion-like structure with benches that allow visitors to revere those names listed protected from the elements.

The sacrifices made by all veteran's and their families are very much appreciated by local residents.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Healing Rock
Healing RockThe Healing Rock is not only one of the most outstanding physical formations found in the area, but it also plays an integral part in Osage County's unique history. Healing Rock is a monument to the rich heritage of the people who lived on the land now covered by the beautiful water of Lake Skiatook. According to legend, in the late 19th century, the Indians brought their sick ones here and leaned them up against the rock to be healed.

Archaeologists from the Corps of Engineers and The University of Tulsa examined the formation. Evidence obtained from digs and aerial photographs proved the rock was a natural formation and had been set in near perfect vertical alignment by natural erosion ... ending any speculation that the rock was man-made. The rock stands 12 feet high, has a 17-foot base, and is 14 to 16 inches thick. It is triangular in shape with its jagged apex pointing upward to the heavens.

In the early 1900s, "Teepee Rock," as it was then called, was clearly visible and a wagon trail passed within a few feet. Later, the wagon trail washed out, vegetation grew and obscured the site. The rock was virtually forgotten for many years.

During the 1890s, the Hominy Creek Valley was frequently visited by a Caddo Indian, John Wilson, who sought to establish a new religion with the Osage and Quapaw Indians living there.

"Moonhead" Wilson, as he was called by the Indians, was an interesting character and stories about him are abundant. One such story was that while fasting, Moonhead would go into a trance and "die" for three days, before coming back to life. As the story goes, this feat was once performed at the original site of the Healing Rock. Another story was that Moonhead lay injured near the rock and was brought back to health by an opossum which cleaned his wounds and brought him food.

Similar happenings brought attention to the new religion. With the support of the Quapaw leader, Tallchief, the religion, now know as the Native American Church, was accepted and still survives today. Stories about Moonhead may have been the beginning of the Healing Rock myth. As late as the 1940s, a small group of Indians was seen carrying someone on a stretcher to the Healing Rock. He is still revered by members of the Native American Church.

When the plans for Skiatook Lake were finalized, it became clear the rock would be covered by water. Descendents of Tallchief, led by Skiatook resident, Bill Kugee Supernaw, contacted the Corps of Engineers to ask that the rock be saved. The Skiatook Chamber of Commerce and The Skiatook Museum Board campaigned to get the rock moved above the planned lake waters.

In 1985, the Corps moved the rock to its present location 1/8 mile south of the project office on Skiatook Lake. An access trail, built by the Corps, leads from the project office to this unique natural feature.

Cemeteriesmore

Captain's Cemetery/Hillside Cemetery
Both Captain's Cemetery and Hillside Cemetery are historically prominent in the area. These are old cemeteries and have stones dating back to early settlers in the area. The gates are often closed, so it may be necessary to contact the listed number if you desire to enter the grounds past the gates.

Captain's Cemetery is located south of town by turning south at Lenapah Street off Highway 20 (Rogers Street), driving to the "T" intersection, turn right (west) about 1 mile; at the "Y" veer south (52nd Ave). The cemetery is on the left side of the rode just before the Hominy Creek bridge.

Hillside Cemetery is located off of Highway 11, past 166, the next right; up the hill at the big gate.

Call for more information.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Quapaw Heritage
Oklahoma, literally translated as "Land of the Red Man," was home to Native American tribes long before the white man came. So it was, also, in Skiatook, which is considered the Gateway to the Osage.

The last hereditary chief of the Quapaw Tribe, Ki-He-Kah-Steh, is believed to have been born somewhere around 1820. He lived west of Skiatook on Quapaw Creek. Called Tallchief by his people, Ki-He-Kah-Steh was also known as Louis Angel among the white men. As Chief of the Quapaw, he had six Chieftains under him with the tribe numbering around 1,000 members. In the book History of Oklahoma, he was called "Chief Wasista," which was in fact his wife's name.

At their home on Quapaw Creek, Ki-He-Kah-Steh and his wife had a daughter they named Maude. As Chief of the Quapaw, Ki-He-Kah-Steh bestowed upon her the honor of being the only person in the Quapaw Tribe authorized to give an infant it's Indian name. With her passing, this office is no longer in existence.

With "Moonhead" Wilson, a Caddo-Delaware Indian who brought the Peyote Religion to this area, Ki-He-Kah-Steh introduced the religion first to the Osage Tribe and then took it to the Quapaws. Today, it is called the "Native American Church."

Before his death in 1918, Ki-He-Kah-Steh was a familiar figure with his one eagle feather in his turkey beard rochet and the full eagle wing fan which he always carried. Proudly, he wore beaded moccasins, arm and leg bands which were gifts from other tribes. His tribe, the Quapaws, did not do bead work. Around his neck, he wore medals presented to the tribe by George Washington at the signing of a treaty. These medals are now in the possession of his descendants.

Know for his tremendous memory, Ki-He-Kah-Steh knew every member of his tribe personally and to whom they were related. He was looked upon as a wise and just chief.

On October 23, 1969, a new Indian Club called Kihekah-Steh (Tall Chief) Club of Skiatook, was formed. The members set as their purpose the promotion and preservation of the culture of the American Indians and the honor of all service men. Tribes represented at the inaugural meeting were Osage, Cherokee, Quapaw, Winnebago, Pawnee and Mohawk. By-Laws were adopted and officers were elected for two-year terms.

Every year since the club's organization, the Kihekah-Steh Pow-Wow has been held to remember with honor Chief Ki-He-Kah-Steh and all service men.

Golf Coursesmore

Cedar Crest Golf Course
Cedar Crest Golf Course is a 36-par, nine hole golf course. The course is open from 7:30 a.m. until dusk, with hours extended through the summer months.

Museumsmore

National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum
National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame MuseumThe 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 custom built exotic vehicles by world renowned custom car builder and designer Darryl Starbird as well as many other famous hot rod and custom car builders. Every square inch of the wall and space is full of photos and memorabilia of famous custom built vehicles including street rods, nostalgic custom cars, vans, pickups, sports cars and experimental bubble topped concept looking vehicles of the future. Many of the vehicles priceless in value having a historic significance as well as demonstrating thousands of hours of labor and ingenuity of design and workmanship.

Golf Coursesmore

The Coves Golf Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Golf Coursesmore

Shangri-La Resort -Blue
Course Access: Resort
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days

Theatresmore

The Coleman Theatre
The Coleman TheatreThe Coleman Theatre Beautiful, its original name, was built by George L. Coleman, Sr. at a cost of $590,000. The 120 x 150 ft. structure houses the theatre, dressing rooms on four levels, first floor retail shops, and on the second level a kitchen, two dining rooms, storage office space, and a ballroom which are to be converted to art galleries and a dinner theatre.
In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Coleman Theatre opened on April 18th, 1929 with all 1,600 seats filled. The theatre was on the Orpheum Vaudeville circuit with many early day entertainers making appearances on stage including Will Rogers, Tom Mix, and fan dancer, Sally Rand. The theatre was given to the City of Miami in December of 1989 by the Coleman family.

This opulent structure was designed by the Boller Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri. The exterior architecture is Spanish Mission Revival. Terra Cotta Gargoyles and other hand-carved figures adorn the building's facade. The elegant Louis XV interior includes gold leaf trim, silk damask panels, stained glass panels, carved mahogany staircases and decorative plaster moldings and railings. The original carpet carried in its weave the Coleman family crest.

The original pipe organ, the "Mighty Wurlitzer", has returned home to the Coleman. The J.T. Peterson Organ Company of Fort Worth, Texas restored, refurbished, enhanced and completed the reinstallation of the organ in the theatre in 1996. Lyn Larsen, noted theatre organist was the artist for the gala "Mighty Wurlitzer Homecoming Concerts." All of the $85,000 used to repurchase and repair the organ were donated by citizens of the Miami community. The Coleman Theatre Beautiful is the only theatre in Oklahoma (and one of the few in the United States) that has its original pipe organ installed in its original setting

Museumsmore

Dobson Museum
Dobson MuseumBrowsing 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.

The building as well as many items inside, were donated by the Dobson family, whose patriarch Solomon Dobson settled in Miami, Indian Territory, in 1892.

Included in the over 5,000 historical items are:

* Indian Artifacts

* China, Glassware, and an Extensive Jug Collection

* Area Mining Display

* Early Day and Foreign Woodworking Tools

* Displays of Furniture and Toys Used By First Settlers

* Collections of Old Documents, Newspapers, and Photographs

Landmarksmore

Historic Route 66 -
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 was rendered obsolete by interstate highways, but travelers are re-discovering its charm as it winds through cities and towns, past generations and old landmarks. Oklahoma has more miles that can still be driven than any other state.

Now keep an eye on your odometer, because precisely one mile from the distance marker in Afton is the turnoff to one of the rarest stretches of historic highway anywhere on Route 66.

Built by the Oklahoma Department of Highways in 1922 as part of Federal Aid Project #8, this unorthodox section that connected Afton with Miami was paved only nine feet wide, including concrete curbs. Surviving blueprints reveal that plans were originally drawn for both a standard eighteen-foot roadway and the nine-foot roadway, but the circumstances that influenced the outcome remain unclear. One story suggests that the funding provided allowed for the completion of a standard road only half the distance, and that state highway officials elected instead to build it the entire length, but just half as wide. This would get the job done without violating federal regulations.

In any event, the result is still visible today, and can be driven, with care, for several miles.

The first thing you will see here is a strip of old road that simply loops off the current route on the right for about a hundred yards, then cuts back in. Directly across from this crescent-shaped piece of concrete the nine-foot road heads north, appearing at first to be only a dirt road. The old pavement soon reveals itself, though, and you can trace this historic section for three miles, until it intersects the current route at a stop sign next to the Northeast Vo-Tech school.

If you'd rather stay with current Route 66 at this turnoff, take the highway around the curve to the left and go past the junction for U.S. 59. Next you'll cross a bridge over some railroad tracks, then come to a sign for U.S. 60 East. Avoid this turnoff, staying on Route 66, which is known here as U.S. 69 and U.S. 59. Momentarily you will pass underneath the U.S. 60 bridge and then the turnpike. Up ahead on the left is the Vo-Tech school, where Historic Route 66 intersects on the left.

From there, cross the open range to Narcissa. This is a wisp of a town with only one main crossroad next to the Sinclair station, where the distance marker is located on the map. Exactly one mile north of this intersection you will see a house on the left and a road to the right. This is the turnoff to the remainder of the nine-foot wide highway, which goes all the way to Miami.

To follow it, turn right for a mile, then left for another, then right again until you come to a residential area, where the pavement is now coated in asphalt to a normal width. Turn left here onto E. St. SW and continue into town, passing the old FFA exhibition building on the right. After a bend in the road at the park, you will cross a bridge over the Neosho River, then curve to the left, where E. ST. SW becomes South Main St. At the traffic light ahead you will intersect U.S. 69, or Steve Owens Blvd., where the current route connects from the west and the distance marker for Miami is located on the map. To continue through town, keep going straight at the intersection, heading north.

Memorialsmore

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

Artsmore

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



This collage presents Ottawa County highlights on a open wall space located in Miami's Downtown Main Street.

Casinosmore

The Stables
The StablesThe 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 Las Vegas style Electronic Games and Table Games on two floors, and a modern Off-Track Betting Parlor with national simulcast of top thoroughbred horse races, and high stake bingo.


Golf Coursesmore

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.




Golf Coursesmore

Miami Golf & Country Club
Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days

Museumsmore

Picher Mining Field Museum, Inc
Lead and Zinc specimens, artifacts.

Museumsmore

Triangle Heritage Oil & Historical Museum
Triangle Heritage Oil & Historical MuseumThe Triangle Oil & Historical Museum features a wide selection of Cleveland and Pawnee County memorabilia as well as exhibits on early oil field work in the area. The history of the Triangle Region includes the area bordered by the old Pawnee reservation and the Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers.

Also on the grounds is the relocated Sneed Cabin. The original Sneed Cabin built in 1899 is one of the oldest log houses in Oklahoma. It was built by Everett and Mandy Sneed. Etched in one of the rocks at the top of the chimney is the date, Sept. 1900.

Recreationmore

Feyodi Park and Campground

Feyodi Park is Cleveland's own park on upper Keystone Lake. It is a beautifully maintained area just a few minutes from town, and is the center of many community and family activities. The annual Freedom Celebration with an extravaganza of fireworks is a fun-filled day at Feyodi Park.


RV Hook-ups * Tent Sites * Shelters * Rest Rooms * Playground Equipment * Driving and Archery Range * Horseshoes * Softball and Soccer Fields * Volleyball


Memorialsmore

Triangle Area Veterans of War Memorial
Erected in 2007, the Triangle Area Veterans of War Memorial stands to honor the men and women from the Triangle Area who served to protect our freedoms.

Car Racesmore

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a 1.8 mile, 10-turn road racing course in the rolling Osage Hills of North Eastern Oklahoma. It is located 10 miles south of Cleveland on Highway 99, and 35 miles west of Tulsa.


Hallett has over 80 feet of elevation change and is considered technically difficult. It has wide, grassy run-off areas and zero concrete or Armco barriers. Hallett is unique in that it can be run in either clockwise or counter-clockwise directions making it two completely different race courses.


For over 22 years, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit has played host to Auto Racing, Motorcycles and High Speed Go Karts. Some of the organizations that run at Hallett include:

  • Competition Motor sports Association (COMMA)
  • Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
  • American Indy Car Series
  • Central Motorcycle Riders Association
  • IKF & KART Go Karting
  • Local Porsche, Shelby, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, BMW, Viper and Ferrari clubs
  • WERA Motorcycles

Contact Information

Golf Coursesmore

Keystone Golf Course
Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Swimmingmore

Cleveland Swimming Pool
Located within Dr. Hanson park & playground, the Cleveland Swimming Pool is one of very few oval shaped pools left in operation - the deepest part is in the middle! Future plans for Dr. Hanson park include a Skate Park!

Community Centersmore

Community Center
Cleveland's Community Center is home to many area happenings. Area Senior Citizens share lunch each day and dancing every other Tuesday evening. Also, mark your calendar for dance classes!

Animal Parksmore

Cemeteriesmore

Community Collegesmore

Tulsa Community College
TCC offers many for credit and not-for-credit classes through our public school system

Courthousesmore

Historic Homesmore

Mullendore Mansion
Listed on the register of historic homes

Famous Peoplemore

Billy Vessels
Billy was the first Oklahoman to receive the Heisman Trophy

Indian Reservationsmore

Indian Reservationsmore

Public Librariesmore

Performing Arts Centersmore

Cleveland Community Auditorium
Cleveland's Community Auditorium has already been host to the Branson Comedy Festivals All-Stars since re-opening February of 2008!

Skate Centersmore

Cleveland Skate Park
*COMING SOON* Located at Dr. Hanson Park

Theatersmore

Lakesmore

Famous Peoplemore

The Pawnee Bill Story ...
The Pawnee Bill Story ...Looking across the Oklahoma prairie, one can imagine scenes once visible to the people of the frontier: No Man's Land, Indian Territory, cowboys, buffalo, and the great rolling plains.

No other Oklahoman exemplified "The Wild West" as did Gordon W. Lillie ...Pawnee Bill. He was born in Illinois in 1860 and became interested in the west as a child. He came to Indian Territory in 1875 and was appointed teacher for the Pawnee Indians in 1879. In 1883, Gordon W. Lillie joined thenewly formed "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" as an interpreter and performer. In 1886 he married May Manning, a 15 year old girl from Philadelphia he had met while traveling with the show. In 1888 Pawnee Bill formed his own "Wild West Show" and May became a very popular act in her own right for her marksmanship and riding.

In 1908, Pawnee Bill merged his Wild West Show with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and the combined show became know as "The Two Bills' Show." It was billed as the entertainment triumph of the ages and it traveled all over the world entertaining audiences with both realistic and fantasy views of the Old West. The show closed in Denver, Colorado, in 1913 after touring for five seasons as "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Great Far East Show."

Pawnee Bill, always an entertainer and interested in preserving the Old West for future generations, built "Pawnee Bill's Old Town and Trading Post" two miles west of his buffalo ranch. This tourist attraction was complete with rustic cabins to rent, restaurants featuring buffalo steaks, Indian dancing, Indian tepees and mud lodges, and buffalo grazing in the background. It was the scene of many large statewide celebrations for the boy scouts as well as other organizations and famous people. Old Town burned to the ground in 1944 and with it some of the finest objects of Indian art and artifacts of the Old West were destroyed.

Pawnee Bill died in 1942, just eleven days before his 82nd birthday. Even in his last years, time that had whitened his hair had not dimmed the piercing grey eyes nor the spirit of this old frontiersman. The year before his death he still presented a lithe, immaculate figure in buckskins and wide sombrero. With his long hair touching his shoulder, he still was that picturesque character who, in a varied lifetime, had been a deciding factor in the settlement of the state of Oklahoma.

Museumsmore

Pawnee Bill Buffalo Ranch and Museum
Pawnee Bill Buffalo Ranch and MuseumVisit the Pawnee Bill Ranch site and see some of the last remnants of the legendary Old West. Drive through the buffalo pasture and view buffalo, longhorn, and elk as they might have looked to a pioneer traveling across the prairie. Walk through the log cabin, blacksmith shop, and the Indian flower shrine and take a walk back into time. Tour Pawnee Bill's dream home and visualize life in 1910 Oklahoma with Pawnee Bill memorabilia, photographs, and much more.

In 1903 Pawnee Bill purchased land from Blue Hawk, his Pawnee friend whom he had met prior to his coming to Indian Territory in 1879, and built a log cabin on the property for himself and May. Their dream home was started on the highest point of the property in 1908 and completed in 1910 when they moved into that building and left the log cabin for ranch hands to use. A blacksmith shop, a large goldfish pond, and an Indian Flower shrine were also constructed on the site during those years. A large three-story barn was added to the property in 1926 to house Pawnee Bill's Scottish shorthorn cattle.

On Blue Hawk Peak at the west edge of Pawnee, Oklahoma, stands a monument to Oklahoma's fabulous past. It is a huge bungalow of rough, buff-colored stone, held together with red tile. Its hardwood interior, selected from the rarest and most expensive mahogany, is arranged so that the spacious rooms are thrown together with nothing buy open arches, pillars, fretwork and portieres to obstruct the vision. The windows, of the finest imported beveled glass, reach to the floor.

A $100,000 Mansion, built in 1910, it stands furnished as in the days of its completion, the living room rugged with Oriental weavings and an occasional monster bear, buffalo, or lion skin; its furniture leathered in red and brown to harmonize with the dark, precious woods, a huge open fireplace with solid bronze andirons and mantel; drop chandeliers of diamond cut glass and gold stained frieze creeping up to an old "Dutch ceiling. Fourteen rooms in all with walls decorated with the most appropriate hangings and portraits.

Museumsmore

Pawnee County Historical Museum
Pawnee County Historical MuseumThe Pawnee County Historical Society Museum presents artifacts in several period room displays and is also the Dick Tracy Collection Headquarters for the midwest.

Artsmore

Dick Tracy Mural
Dick Tracy Mural

Pawnee, Oklahoma was the birthplace of Dick Tracy creator, Chester Gould, and a mural painted on the side of a building is the world's largest Dick Tracy cartoon. - Artist, Ed Melberg, Tulsa, OK, 1990.

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Chester Gould - Born in Pawnee, Oklahoma in 1900, Chester Gould started drawing at age seven and graduated from Pawnee High School in 1919. On August 30, 1921, a 21 year-old young man, lonely but full of ambition, arrived in Chicago by train. With $50 in his pocket, a suitcase and a portfolio, he was ready to hit the big time cartoon world.

Part of that precious money went to buy a drawing board and tabaret to put in his $6 a week room on North LaSalle Street.

To be a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune had been this man's goal since he was a boy. Now, he would pursue this. What he didn't know was that it would take 10 years working on other papers while submitting ideas to the Tribune before one would catch J.M. Patterson's eye.

Then, it happened! A new concept in comic strip stories was presented to Patterson. It was a detective story, filled with action and fast-pace, the first of its kind - Dick Tracy was born.

On October 4, 1931, Dick Tracy first appeared in the Detroit Mirror, one of the Tribune- owned papers, then in the New York Daily News, then the Tribune and one and one taking the country by storm.

So popular was the strip that it appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News for 45 consecutive years, and it was seen in 27 foreign papers.

On December 25, 1977, this young man, now 77 years of age, retired, having written and drawn Dick Tracy for more than 46 years. His dream had been fulfilled. Eight years later, on May 11, 1985, Chester Gould passed on.

The drawing board and tabaret that have found a permanent home in the Chester Gould-Dick Tracy Museum, Woodstock, Illinois, are the same ones purchased by that young man who was filled with ambition on that hot day in August of 1921.

Memorialsmore

Pawnee County Veteran's Memorial/ Walk of Honor
Pawnee County Veteran's Memorial/ Walk of HonorLocated on the west lawn of the Courthouse Square, a 6'6" bronze American soldier standing on a stone base 10' x 10' is dedicated to the men killed in World War I in 1922. In 1992 memorials to Pawnee County citizens who served in World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia wars were placed in a plaza in front of the WWI monument. 12,049 bricks with veterans names were placed in a Walk of Honor. Veterans Day ceremonies honor our vets yearly.

Walking around the beautiful landscaped lawn of the stately Pawnee County Courthouse built in Old Jail1929, you will find tucked away in the northeast corner of the square, the Pawnee Library occupying an 1899 building that originally housed the county jail. Originally the structure had two stories in which the jail quarters were contained in the upper story, while the jailer and his family resided in the lower level.

Ethnic Heritagemore

Pawnee Agency Tribal Headquarters
Pawnee Agency Tribal HeadquartersThe town of Pawnee, Oklahoma, was first a trading post on Bear Creek, and then the agency for the Pawnee tribe after their removal from Nebraska.

The 646 acre Pawnee Tribal Reserve is home for the Pawnee Tribe Agency offices. The old Pawnee Indian School buildings, most of which have been restored, are being used by the Tribe. All of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The Tribal Hospital, now just a clinic, is still in use. The grounds also contain the new roundhouse and campgrounds, that are used for the Tribes dances and
gatherings.

Monumentsmore

Pawnee Monument
Pawnee MonumentA monument located at the Pawnee Indian Agency honors the Pawnee Nation's original tribal leaders, and a marker tells tales of the tribe's early hardships.

Historic Buildingsmore

WPA Historic Bathhouse
WPA Historic BathhouseOnce again, one can almost hear the summertime laughter echoing through the various levels and verandas of this uniquely designed bathhouse carved from native stone in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt's WPA public works program.

Closed in the 1950's in favor of a "modern" concrete pool, the Bathhouse and swimming area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, have been refurbished to its former glory, regaining its place as the "Queen of Summer" in Pawnee County.

The facility is available for private parties, weddings and other events, and it also serves as part of the Outdoor Classroom of the Environmental Education Center located at Pawnee Lake.

Monumentsmore

Historic Rough Rider Monument
Dedicated to Roosevelt's Rough Riders buried at a nearby cemetery, this is the only monument dedicated to the Rough Riders in Oklahoma.

Recreationmore

Pawnee City Lake and E.E.C.
Pawnee City Lake and E.E.C.The Pawnee City Lake provides boat docks, a skeet range, rod and gun club area, municipal airport, rifle and pistol range, archery range, boat ramps, black bass fishing and public shelters, over 200 camping hookups, picnic areas, and restrooms and showers in the historic WPA native stone bathhouse.

The Pawnee Environmental Education Center uses 25 acres of land below and adjacent to the lake dam. Access is accomplished by driving across the Lake dam and parking on the west end near the "Bath House". 5000 feet of trails are available.

There are several ecosystems present at the center. *Forests, *Wetlands, *Deep Waters, *Stream Waters, *Green Reservoirs, * Grasslands, and *Wildlife.

The Center is being developed because of a desire of the community to become more aware of their environment and how we, as humans, can and do effect it in positive and negative ways.

The Center is open to all people to study and enjoy their environment. Individuals and groups can use the Center to fulfill their desire for knowledge. Individuals will find many small identification signs about plants that will show the common name, scientific name, use, and if known, the Pawnee name.

Enjoy your stay and we only ask that you take only a renewed interest in your environment from the Center and nothing else.

Golf Coursesmore

Pawnee Golf Course
The Pawnee Municipal Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole golf course, with a club house and pro shop. The club house is built with the bricks from old Santa Fe Rail Depot.

Historic Buildingsmore

Pawnee Bathhouse & Pool
This beautiful, historic 1939 WPA sandstone rock bath house overlooking a two acre fresh water pool with sandy beach, water slide, high dive, water trampoline, diving board and pedal boats is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. It is located at Pawnee Lake and is available year-round for reunions, weddings and parties. The Pawnee Bath House is on the National Historic Register and was selected as Discover Oklahoma's “Favorite Summer Destination” for 2003.

Landmarksmore

Catoosa's Blue Whale
What first catches the eyes of westbound travelers on Route 66 on the north side of Catoosa is a giant blue whale. This once popular tourist attraction during the haydays of Route 66 was a tourist stop, where visitors could swim, sun and take a look at the Animal Reptile Kingdom and Alligator Ranch exhibits. Now it has been restored for new generations to admire.

Museumsmore

Tulsa Port of Catoosa and Museum
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the furthest inland, ice-free international seaport in America. This port serves as the head of navigation for the 445-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Completed in 1971, the port was built with $21.2 million in funds from bond issues. The port links the Tulsa area to ports of the world by way of the Mississippi River and the Port
of New Orleans.

The Museum, opened in 1982, is located in the Port Authority Building at the Port of Catoosa. Pictorial displays, historical artifacts , and a working model of a lock and dam provide visitors with information on the development of the port and waterway.

Self guided driving tours and tours of the museum and of the port are available.

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Indian Hills Golf Club
Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days

Historic Homesmore

Hogue House
The Hogue House is an original Sears & Roebuck pre-cut house purchased in Chicago in 1913 for $1,600 and delivered by train.

Historic Sitesmore

Oklahoma's First Oil Well
This historical site is the state's first non-commercial well.

Memorialsmore

Will Rogers Memorial
Will Rogers MemorialThe Will Rogers Memorial is built on the lofty hillside of 21 acres that Will Rogers purchased in 1911. In the foreground is the tomb of Will Rogers chiseled with his famous quotation: "I never met a man I didn't like." Built of native limestone, the regal museum hosts a dozen theaters or television kiosks; a famous saddle collection; fine art and artifacts, depicting the life of one of America's most unusual humorist-philosophers, Will Rogers.

Born in 1879 on a frontier ranch, Will Rogers used"Riding into the Sunset" his cowboy trick roping talents to enter show business. His career expanded from wild west shows to vaudeville to movies. He was always proud of his Indian heritage and was called "The Cherokee Kid." He was the toast of Broadway for a decade in the Ziegfeld Follies. Will Rogers became a major syndicated newspaper columnist; author of books; star of 71 motion pictures and America's premier radio commentator. An airplane crash took Will's life in 1935.

Artsmore

Will Rogers Statue
Will Rogers StatueIn the middle of the 300 block of Will Rogers Blvd., you will want to stop, grab your camera and visit the life-size bronze statue of Will Rogers, sitting on a park bench reading the Claremore Progress. The Rogers County Historical Society presented this statue, "All I Know is What I Read in the Papers," to the City of Claremore in 1996. The Life of Will Rogers is being presented in the form of statues to be placed throughout the city. Take a seat and have your picture taken alongside Will!

Historic Buildingsmore

Old Will Rogers Library
The Old Will Rogers Library is now occupied by the City of Claremore. A year before his death, Will Rogers donated his lots in downtown Claremore with the understanding that they were to be sold to the government for a post office site, and the money from the proceeds of this sale to be used to build a city library. After his tragic death, the family allowed the structure to be named for him as a tribute to his unselfishness and community spirit.

Memorialsmore

Lynn Riggs Memorial
Lynn Riggs MemorialThe south wing of the Old Will Rogers Library is the Lynn Riggs Memorial. Rollie Lynn Riggs was born in 1899, 3 miles southwest of Claremore in Indian Territory. He became an internationally famous author and playwright of "Green Grow the Lilacs", from which the musical "Oklahoma!" was adapted by Rodgers & Hammerstein. The play, set in 1900 in Claremore, is a vibrantly descriptive and colorful tale of life in Indian Territory. Lynn's mother died when he was two years old. As a child, he often visited his Aunt Mary, and she became the basis for the character, "Aunt Eller" in the play...even down to the butter churn and sassafras tea.

In his Oklahoma plays, Riggs depicts primitive Oklahoma people and writes authentic Oklahoma dialect with wonderful spirit and rhythm. Many of the characters were based upon his own family and close friends from the Claremore area. The play provided an outlet for eleven cowboy and folk songs that Riggs remembered from his youth. According to Oscar Hammerstein, "I should like to go on record as saying that Mr. Riggs' play is the well-spring of almost all that is good in Oklahoma. I kept many of the lines of the original play without making any changes in them at all for the simple reason that they could not be improved on...Lynn Riggs and Green Grow The Lilacs are the very soul of "Oklahoma!"

Lynn Riggs died in 1954 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Lynn Riggs Memorial houses the original surrey with the fringe on top from the movie, "Oklahoma!"

Famous Peoplemore

Famous Boulevards
PATTI PAGE BLVD.

Pattie Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927, one of 11 children. Her father was a railroad foreman and her mother picked cotton to help support the family. While in high school, one of the students failed to appear for a stage performance and Clara Ann stood in. She belted out her version of "Frankie & Johnny" and her singing career was launched. That very summer she went to a radio station in Tulsa and was hired to do several weekly shows. The Page Milk Company sponsored a show on this station called "Meet Patti Page." They gave the name and the job to Clara Ann. She went on to sell millions of records and had the number one spot on the billboard charts for 30 weeks with "Tennessee Waltz." This is the biggest hit record by a female artist, selling more than 10 million copies.



WILL ROGERS BLVD.

William Penn Adair Rogers (1879- 1935) was born on a ranch near Claremore, I.T. He was an American humorist and social critic, beginning as a cowboy and rising to world fame. Rogers was popular on radio and appeared in 50 silent movies and 21 talking films, wrote 6 books and a column that appeared in more than 350 daily newspapers. Rogers gained much of his popularity as an easy-going lecturer on current events. During his lectures he chewed gum and performed rope tricks while kidding about business, government, people and politics. he began most of his lectures and columns saying, "All I know is what I read in the papers."

LYNN RIGGS BLVD.

Rollie Lynn RIGGS was born August 31, 1899, a few miles southwest of Claremore, I.T. and passed away in New York City the morning of June 30, 1954. He was a poet and playwright and while in France wrote the play "Green Grow the Lilacs." The musical "Oklahoma" is an adaptation of "Green Grow the Lilacs" and has played in cities across the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, England and Arabia.

J.M. DAVIS BLVD.

John Monroe Davis (1887 - 1973) was born in Arkansas, near Calion. When he was seven, his father gave him a muzzle loading shotgun. That was the beginning of his collection. In 1916, he traded 2,000 acres of Arkansas timberland for the Mason Hotel in Claremore. In 1917, he began displaying his gun collection in the lobby. His collection grew to cover the hotel lobby walls, the ballroom, the upstairs hallways and seven private rooms. In 1965, Davis transferred ownership of his collection to a trust, the J.M. Davis Foundation, Inc. The Foundation entered into an agreement with the State of Oklahoma for preservation of the collection. Within four years, the museum opened to an enthusiastic public on Davis' 82nd birthday.

BLUE STARR DR.

Blue Starr II (1858 - 1944), was orphaned at age two and sent to the Cherokee Orphan Asylum at Salina. At age eleven, he ran away to live with his aunt, Nancy Jane Chambers, in Claremore. He attended West Point only four months. At fourteen, he went to work for the C.W. Turner Ranch near Inola. In 1886, he married Jesse Marion Hutchins and had four children. In 1898, he moved his family to Claremore so that his children could receive a quality education. He bought 169 acres and built a fourteen room, three-story home. Blue Starr II was an avid Democrat and was elected to the National Council of the Cooweescoowee District without opposition from 1894 - 1904. He was noted for his honesty and integrity.

STUART ROOSA BLVD.

Stuart Allen Roosa (1933 - 1994) was not born nor did he die in Oklahoma, but his roots were firmly planted in Rogers County soil. Roosa grew up on the east side of town and graduated from Claremore High School in 1951. On January 31, 1971, with Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell, he was launched to the moon aboard Apollo 14. While his partners explored the lunar surface, Roosa orbited in the command module, Kitty Hawk, 69 miles above the moon. On March 26, 1971, Claremore welcomed the "Apollonaut" back for a visit. He presented Claremore High School with a flag he had taken to the moon, and the Mayor, Jack Marshall, presented Roosa a key to the city. Roosa later served a Backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo 16 an 17, and was involved with NASA for 10 years.

Historic Homesmore

J. Bartley Milam Home
J. Bartley Milam HomeThis private home was originally built by 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. His main goals were to reconstruct the tribal government, and the preservation of Cherokee property, and historical manuscripts. Please respect the privacy of the present owners.



Famous Peoplemore

Andy Payne and Route 66
Andy Payne and Route 66Nine miles north of Claremore on Route 66 is Foyil, the hometown of ANDY PAYNE, a Cherokee Indian who was born on a ranch between Claremore and Foyil. At "66" and 28A, turn south, and you will be on the main street of Foyil and a portion of the original Route "66". Go two blocks, and a monument to Andy Payne is displayed.

In 1928, 274 runners from all parts of the world gathered at the starting line in Los Angeles to participate in the International Transcontinental Foot Marathon. The race would follow Highway 66 and would pay $25,000 to the winner. The press dubbed this the "Bunion Derby". Three and a-half months and 3,422 miles later, Andy was declared the winner at the finish line at New York's Madison Square Garden. He used the money to pay off the mortgage on the family farm. In 1934, he became the Clerk of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and held that office until retirement.

Museumsmore

J. M. Davis Arms & Historic Museum
J. M. Davis Arms & Historic MuseumThe Davis Arms Museum contains the world's largest collection of guns with over 20,000 on display. It is also the home for a large collection of John Rogers statuaries, a stein collection, swords, saddles, Indian artifacts,
World War I posters, and antique musical instruments. The collection, originally located in the historic Mason Hotel, now belongs to the State of Oklahoma. Before Mr. Davis died, he stipulated that his collection must remain in his beloved city of Claremore.

Historic Hotelsmore

Will Rogers Center
Will Rogers CenterThe WILL ROGERS HOTEL, listed on the National Register of Historic Places was dedicated in 1930. The fireproof structure of concrete and steel originally contained 78 rooms and 7 apartments. During World War II, it was designated as a bomb shelter. Mineral water baths called "radium water" were an important part of the hotel's service.

In the lobby is a statue of Will Rogers, "I Don't Tell Jokes. I Just Watch The Government And Report The Facts", representing his career in radio broadcasting. Rehabilitation of the Will Rogers Hotel, now the Will Rogers Center, was completed in 1997 and contains 38 apartments. Visitors are welcome to view the lobby and second floor.

Collegesmore

Rogers State University
Rogers State UniversityWhen Oklahoma was granted statehood, the first legislature established Eastern University Preparatory School, which opened on College Hill in Claremore in 1909. This school was to prepare Indian students for the University of Oklahoma. The only building on campus was Preparatory Hall. This domed structure was completed in 1911, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1919, the Oklahoma Legislature eliminated EUPS, and in its place established OklahomaMilitary Museum
Military Academy, hailed as the "West Point of the Southwest".The first 40 students lived in tents during the fall and winter of 1919 - 1920 until Meyer Hall could be built. This building, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with the large columns in front was named for Maurice Meyer, the first Oklahoman killed in action in the First World War. On the second floor is the Oklahoma Military Academy Museum which is open to the general public. Currently, the museum is open the same hours as the campus offices but it is available for special tours or functions. In 1971, in response to the growing educational needs of a rapidly developing technological and industrial economy, OMA was replaced with Claremore Junior College which further evolved into the institution it is today.

Museumsmore

Belvidere
BelvidereThis magnificent Victorian mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was started circa 1902 by John M. Bayless. He moved here from Missouri. He also built a three-story Opera House, the Sequoyah Hotel, and an athletic building with an indoor swimming pool. Only the Belvidere remains today. He soon brought his wife and 7 children to Claremore. He died in 1907, six months before the mansion was finished. Many of the materials used to build the mansion were brought from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

In the 1930's, the mansion was purchased and made into apartments. It is presently owned and is being restored by the Rogers County Historical Society. The mansion is decorated for Christmas season around the first of November until the middle of December. It is filled with arts and crafts, antiques, gifts...all for sale. Call for the "Christmas At The Belvidere" schedule. New at the Belvidere is a year-round Victorian gift shop, featuring new and antique furniture and gift items.

Historic Buildingsmore

Radium Town and the Keller Bath House
Radium Town and the Keller Bath HouseAn area in the north section of Claremore was once known as RADIUM TOWN. George Eaton owned the first oil company in town. In 1903, he was drilling east of town for oil or gas. Instead, he found a "rotten-egg-smelling" water. Dr. W.G. Williams had the water analyzed for medical use and then marketed it as a cure. Bath houses were built and "radium water" baths became Claremore's biggest industry. The bath houses are now closed, and the area is in a stage of disrepair. The wells remain and are just waiting for the right investors to take up the dream of better health through the magical cure of mineral water.

To drive to this area of town be on Blue Starr Drive, to Dorothy Street (one block past Sioux). When Dorothy Street splits, stay right, and you will be on Seminole. When you get to 9th Street, turn left (east).

From 9th Street, turn right on Lavira to the KELLER BATH HOUSE, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The two-story brick bath house has beautiful ornate wrought iron trim and was built in the 1900's. Once called the Mendenhall Bath, House, one could get a radium water bath for 25˘.

Learning Centersmore

Swan's Dairy
Swan's Dairy had its beginning in 1923 with one cow. In 1951, Swan Dairy started selling Grade A Raw Milk in 1 gallon bottles and continues today. The first milk was 50˘ a gallon. There was not a clerk on duty...the honor system was used.

Visitors are welcome to view Oklahoma's finest milk as it comes directly from the cows to a pre-cooler and then to a tank cooler and bottled. The cows are not given hormones, and the pastures are not chemically sprayed. The raw milk is routinely tested by the State Health Department.

Historic Courthousesmore

Rogers County Courthouse
Rogers County CourthouseThe county dedicated its first Court House in 1937, 30 years after statehood. The decision was made to purchase the property and went to the vote of the people. The bond issue failed twice but finally carried on the third try. There have been several additions to the original building.

The first court house for the district was located at Kephart Springs, about six miles northeast of Claremore. Here four terms of court were held each year and difficulties arising between citizens were "threshed-out" in much the same manner as now.

The Cherokee Court House was a framed structure and was moved to Claremore about 1888 and served as a "temple of justice" until the Cherokee courts were abolished.

Historic Buildingsmore

Old Armory
Old ArmoryThe Oklahoma National Guard Armory was built by the WPA in 1936 during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's term and was constructed by local Claremore residents with the sandstone unearthed in Oklahoma. During the 1940's, it was Teen Town after the Friday night football games. During the week, it was used by the National Guard. For some years, the high school held their basketball games there until a new gym was built in 1953. In 1973, the City of Claremore purchased the building for $25,000 as a recreation center.

Historic Churchesmore

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian ChurchThe First Presbyterian Church occupies a corner lot in one of Claremore's oldest residential areas. The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Claremore was organized in 1887 and services were held in homes until the Gothic Revival style building was constructed in 1902, 5 years before statehood.

In the 1950's and 1960's, three changes were made. The original gothic tracery windows were replaced with stained glass windows, a 40' x 40' social and educational wing was added to the southeast side of the structure and a bell tower was placed atop the stone tower. In spite of the additions, it is one of the oldest religious structures in northeastern Oklahoma that has retained its original appearance.

Historic Churchesmore

Christ Presbyterian Church
Christ Presbyterian ChurchThe Christ Presbyterian Church was purchased from the First United Methodist Church in 1990. In 1882, a one-room frame building was constructed after $500 was given by the Methodist General Conference to erect a house of worship.

The church was served by "Circuit Rider" preachers until 1907. Through the years, additions were made to the oneroom structure. A ground-breaking ceremony was held in 1939 for the stone building, and the frame structure was removed. The educational building was added in 1967.

Cemeteriesmore

Woodlawn Cemetery
Woodlawn CemeteryAt Will Rogers Blvd and Nome Street, you will enter WOODLAWN CEMETERY. Continue south as you enter the cemetery to 6th Street and turn left to "B" Avenue. On your left is the marker for playwright, Lynn Riggs.

Elijah HicksWhen you reach 8th Street, look straight ahead for the oldest marked grave in the cemetery. Elijah Hicks, born in Georgia in 1797, was a Captain of one of the 13 detachments on the "Trail of Tears". In 1839, he settled where Woodlawn Cemetery is now located. This area had previously been occupied by Dosage Chief Black Dog. Hicks was a delegate to Washington and served as President of the Cherokee Senate. He died August 6, 1856. The Rogers County Historical Society provided an exact replica of the original stone that had suffered the ravages of time.

John M. BaylessTurn right on "C" Avenue. The large marker on your right is of John M. Bayless who built the Belvidere Mansion as well as a three story opera house, the Sequoyah Hotel, and an athletic building.

Historic Districtsmore

400 Block Main
Most of the buildings in the 400 block of Will Rogers Blvd. (main street) were built during the period of 1904 and 1925. In 1902, WILSON HARDWARE was established as a family owned business and remained so until 1985. Little has changed architecturally in the interior making it a well preserved
example of this time period. The building is now occupied by the Antique Peddler's Mall at 422 W.Will Rogers.

The brown brick building at 411 Will Rogers Blvd. has served several clothing departments since 1916. Inlaid white, red, and green octagonal tiles on the exterior entry spell out "gents" and "ladies" and are all still intact. The staircase led to offices upstairs formerly occupied by Dr. Kaho's dental office and Holtzendorff's law office.

Ann's Cleaners at 401, a large two-story brick, housed a variety of businesses, but the second floor is best remembered as CLAREMORE'S FIRST HOSPITAL established by Dr. Meloy.

Expo Centersmore

Claremore's Expo-Center
Claremore's Expo-CenterThe City of Claremore has redeveloped its old city/county fair grounds by removing all structures, and acquiring additional acreage, bringing the area to more than 55 acres. The major addition has been bulding the Expo Center.

Arena Area

The arena is a dirt floor 61,000 sq. ft. enclosed, air conditioned/heated building. the floor may be packed for hard surface use. It has seating up to 2,000. It has its own P.A. system and score board. The concession area and rest rooms are accessed at the South end. The covered 30,000 sq. ft. covered warm up arena is attached to the North with access to the main arena and access to the covered stalls and wash area is to the West. rest rooms and wash area is provided between the covered stall building and the covered warm up arena. An additional warm up area is provided outside between the buildings as indicated. Water is located throughout the covered stall building and with its tall roof structures provides proper ventilation on those still calm days. Loading and unloading areas are provided nearby.

These arenas are multipurpose and may be used for many different events. Some events may be able to run at the same time.

Expo Building

The 60,000 sq. ft. Expo building is a multipurpose facility which is air conditioned and heated. It has a main kitchen located in the Southwest corner with two concession stands and a food court yard midway on the North side of the building. The rest rooms which may be converted for large number of ladies are also on the North side. The box office is located at the left of the main entrance with four windows. The Expo offices are located inside the entrance on the left. Two meeting rooms are on the right of the main entrance. Dressing rooms are on located on the Northeast side of the building. There are more than 150 10'X10' booth areas available on the main floor for flat shows. Dirt my be added to the floor for additional stock shows. The floor may be converted to accommodate different types of sports events. A stage may be set up at the East end for Stage shows and seats up to 3,500. There are three light booths located on the second floor. The building my be subdivided for small events or more than one event at a time. Food service may range from snacks to concessions to full banquet service and even formal weddings and receptions. Ample electrical services are available for any event including a showpower and spotlight booths.


Recreationmore

Claremore Lake
Claremore Lake

Claremore Lake features 500 surface acres for boating and great bass fishing (no swimming allowed). There are 2 boat ramps, courtesy dock and 3 fishing piers, 1 for senior citizens and disabled children, 2 for general public use. Enhancing the lake is a 60 acre park with scenic shaded picnic areas, 3 picnic shelters and 2 sand volleyball courts. Boating and fishing permits are required.

Claremore Lake was developed in 1929 with the completion of the dam. Prior to 1929, this area was farm land and large rock bluffs with Dog Creek running through it. Dog Creek travels from the north and is the main feeder creek for the Lake. Dog Creek is named for Dosage Chief Black Dog, one of the three main chiefs of the Dosage tribe when they dominated the area.

In 1938, the WPA constructed a unique two-story boat house on the lake. The first floor has oneBoat House - Claremore Lakeroom with a chimney. The lower level, where boats dock, contains a small room the Claremore police once used as a jail.

Recreationmore

Happy Lake
Happy Lake is available by reservations only. Camping, fishing, canoeing and nature walks are a few of the activities.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

The Happy Lake Day Camp is a program designed to encourage children's involvement in many different group activities. The camp acquaints your child with a variety of activities including arts & crafts; games; canoeing; horseback riding and swimming. Registration begins in April. The camp is held the first two weeks of June and is for boys & girls in grades 1 st through 7th.


Learning Centersmore

Rogers University Conservation Education Reserve
Rogers University Conservation Education ReserveRogers University Conservation Education Reserve is a 120 acre natural resource conservation education facility adjacent to the main campus of Rogers University. Bird watching, wildlife observation, outdoor photography, walking trails, picnicking, and fishing are available.

Entrances are located on the west side of RSU (must enter campus). Remember to dress appropriately: comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.

Golf Coursesmore

Heritage Hills Public Golf Course
Open Daily * 18 holes * Carts available * Snack bar

Race Tracksmore

Will Rogers Downs

Live simulcast racing all year round.

Facility rental available for:
*reunions * luncheons * receptions
Cowboy Club to feature live entertainment.
Indoor/outdoor roping barns available for rent.

Exhibition building also available for functions.

Golf Coursesmore

Gordon Golf Course
Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

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Coyote Ridge Summer Camp and Riding Facility
We offer Summer camps for children 6 years to 14 years during the months of June thru August. In the interum time we offer the facility to birthday parties, church retreats, riding lessons, show teams and boarding for horses. We have a lay-up facility for traveling horse owners who need a place while traveling.

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Junepallooza Craft Show & Spring Shin Dig
Junepallooza is a Craft Show And Shin Dig that will be coming to the Claremore Community Center June 22nd from 9-6 Community Center June 22nd from 9-6 You do not want to miss this show so Grab a friend and head out to Junepallooza for a unique shopping experience. Browse through the 8000 sq ft building filled with reloved and repurposed furniture, home decor, handmade jewelry, shabby chic, recycled treasures vintage junk and handmade crafts guarenteed to find something for yourself and everyone else to everything your heart desires all under 1 roof !!! This indoor craft show is going to be awesome if you love pintrest and your a vintage guru who loves homemade handmade recycled and upcycled with a splash of a bling. There will be door prizes given throughout the day from gift certificates to vendor booth products there is something for everyone ... 3.00 admission for all shopper in lieu of admission we ask that you bring items that will be donated to the Claremore BlueStar Mothers who will take these items and prepare care packages for our troops so save yourself 3 bucks and help support our troops ..... You can like our page on facebook at Junepallooza Craft Show And Consignment Sale there will be a list of items that the mothers are collecting Be sure to check it out there will be concessions avaliable throughout the day as well if your interested in becoming a vendor please email me at Junepallooza@yahoo.com were also looking for sponsers for the show your link to your site will be listed on our facebook page . There are discounts given to all out of state vendors for the show...

Landmarksmore

Totem Pole Park
Totem Pole Park"World's Largest Totem Pole"

Folk-artist, Ed Galloway, spent his retirement years building a unique park, a monument to the American Indian from stone, concrete and his imagination. The center piece is a giant Totem Pole building supported by an enormous concrete turtle. Nearby is a "Fiddle House" in which were displayed hundreds of Galloway's hand-carved violins. Roadside tables supported by small concrete totems invite the travelers to picnic in the shadow of the Totem Pole.

In earlier years, Galloway taught wood-working to the children living at the Charles Page Home in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He was well-known for his elaborately carved furniture, violins and wood pictures, many of which he displayed at the Park previous to 1962.

The Totem Pole Park Project has purchased 71/2 acres to expand the Park to include parking and picnic areas. The Totem Pole is one of Oklahoma's Landmarks and has been featured in several important articles and books on environmental folk art as "The World's Largest Totem Pole."

The public is encouraged to visit. Group tours can be arranged.

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Will Rogers Birthplace
Will Rogers BirthplaceWill Rogers would feel right at home at the Dog Iron Ranch where he was born in 1879. The birthplace, located just a few miles northeast of Oologah, is now a living history ranch. Hand-hewed logs frame the room where Will Rogers was born on a sprawling frontier ranch. A recorded message by Will's youngest son Jim Rogers, is available at the house.

Will Rogers climbed to the top in every field he entered ... from Wild West shows to Vaudeville to Hollywood ... from newspapers to magazines to radio to movies. The humorist was easily the most popular and best-loved American of his time.

The ranch was given to Oklahoma in 1959. The house was moved up the hill when Oologah Lake was filled. Amish craftsmen built an era-correct barn in 1993 as part of the process of establishing a turn-of-the-century living history ranch on the site.

Now, majestic longhorn cattle again graze the rich pastures, just like they did in Will's childhood. As would have happened more than a century ago, ranch visitors are as likely to be greeted by a lamb, a goat, a goose or even a peacock as they are by a longhorn. It's a special treat for city kids never really exposed to farm life before.

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Oolagah Historical Museum
The Oolagah Historical Museum features artifacts reflecting everyday area life from turn-of-the-century to present day.

The front part of the museum building has its roots in the 1890s, and is believed to be the oldest commercial building in the downtown district. It was originally Mart Reed's General Store. The building was restored and opened as the Oolagah Historical Museum in 1988. The room is decorated as a Victorian front parlor and features photographs and items from pioneer Oologah families.

The large exhibit hall behind the front room was added in 1992. Exhibits are grouped by theme and include farm and ranch, military, school, home, childhood, Will Rogers, business life and early town government. The museum also has some early tax records and other books available for research.

A painting by Claremore impressionist Gary Moeller, portrays Will Rogers and downtown Oologah in the early days. Posters and art prints featuring the painting are available. A gift corner features Oologah memorability, postcards and books.

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Bank of Oologah
Furnishings, equipment from pre-statehood bank that bears the city's original spelling.

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Tahlonteeskee - Oldest Capital in Oklahoma
Tahlonteeskee - Oldest Capital in OklahomaThe reconstructed site of Tahlonteeskee has a council house and courthouse. There is also a log cabin that belonged to the Carlile-Foreman family, who were Old Settlers. North of this site are the remains of Tahlonteeskee located on private property. There are still signs of a foundation, an old well and a little cemetery almost erased from sight. Truly this area should be recorded as one of the most important historical sites in Oklahoma.

Tahlonteeskee was an uncle of Sequoyah and became the third chief of the Cherokees West, succeeding Takatoka. Tahlonteeskee and Doublehead, were signers of a treaty in 1805 that labeled them traitors. Tahlonteeskee departed for the West, Doublehead remained and was later slain by Major Ridge. Ridge later became a proponent of moving to the West. His group was called the Treaty Party, and he was killed after the forced removal to the West of the Eastern Cherokees.

Tahlonteeskee permitted missionaries to establish Dwight Mission in Arkansas. He died ca. 1818, and his brother, John Jolly Council House became chief. A treaty in 1817 gave them land between the Arkansas and White Rivers. Soon after this treaty, John Jolly and John Rogers came to the area.

These early Cherokees who migrated from Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama were called Arkansas or, Cherokees West, to distinguish them from their tribesmen who remained in the East. Later they were referred to as "Old Settlers."

Sept. 11, 1824, while still in Arkansas, the Cherokees formally organized their government along democratic lines. Executive power was vested in a - first, second, and third chief. John Jolly was elected first chief, Black Coat was second chief, and Walter Webber was third chief. War with the Osages necessitated having three leaders. In May, 1828, they were forced to give up land in Arkansas for land what is now Oklahoma.

Jolly's hewed log home had massive stone fireplace chimneys and large comfortable rooms. Other buildings served as homes for the servants who operated a large plantation, well stocked with cattle. His home was always open to visitors of which he had many. It is reported that Jolly never slaughtered less than one beef a week throughout the year for his table.

Jolly's name was Oo-loo-te-ke, meaning, "He-Puts-the-Drum-Away." Wise, intelligent, and affectionately called, "beloved father," he was a half-blood who spoke no English. Mixed bloods were considered full bloods if they spoke only Cherokee.

The Capital was established east of Jolly's home. Old Settlers Cabin The council house, grounds, and home of the first chief made up the national capital called Tahlonteeskee to honor the late chieftain. The general council met here to make laws from 1828-39.

After the forced removal of the Eastern Cherokees in 1838-39, Tahlonteeskee was discontinued. For a short time the capital was at Takatoka north of Tahlequah, but was eventually moved to Tahlequah, where it remains today. John Ross was the leader of the Eastern Cherokees, and he was elected principal chief. He served in this position for over 40 years.

Tahlonteeskee continued as the Illinois District and a meeting place for Old Settlers. Meetings were held at Tahlonteeskee with the purpose of settling differences between the factions of the tribe. By 1846, there was unification of the three factions, and the Cherokee faction moved into what has been referred to as the "Golden Age," as they became prosperous through their industry and cooperation. The outbreak of the Civil War ended this, as "battle lines" were drawn along the old divisions of the nation.

Excerpts from - C.W. "Dub" West, Among the Cherokees, 1981
H.D. Hagland, Sequoyah County Times, 1957
Starr, Early History of the Cherokees, 1917

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14 Flags Museum
14 Flags Museum14 Flags Museum is housed in the restored cabin, built in 1845, of Judge Franklin Faulkner, a pioneer lawyer of Sequoyah County. The museum contains early-day artifacts from this area.

The entire museum complex includes a stretch of several log cabins with historical items on display.

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Sequoyah County Historical Museum
Sequoyah County Historical MuseumHistorical information throughout Sequoyah County.

Landmarksmore

Sequoyah's Homesite
Sequoyah's HomesiteThe original log cabin home of Sequoyah was built in 1829 and contains many artifacts relative to Sequoyah's remarkable achievements. Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin to serve as his home shortly after his move to what is present day Oklahoma.

The cabin and surrounding grounds became the property of the State of Oklahoma in 1936. Shortly thereafter, The stone cover building and walls were built entirely around the cabin by the Works Progress Administration to ensure the preservation of this monumental historic landmark designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

The grounds are maintained with picnic facilities, restrooms, playground areas to accommodate group tours and outings for school groups.

Also at the site is an information center, a small historic cemetery, a salt works display, and a bronze statue of Sequoyah, the educator and teacher.

Famous Peoplemore

Sequoyah
SequoyahSequoyah was born in the lower Appalachian region of Tennessee about 1770. His mother was a member of the "Paint Clan" of the Cherokee Nation and his non-Indian father, Nathaniel Gist, left the family when Sequoyah was very young. Sequoyah grew to manhood among his kinsmen, the Cherokees.

Though lame in one leg from the time of his youth, as an adult Sequoyah became known as a skilled blacksmith and silversmith and for his drawings and paintings. No known examples of his art work exist today. Sequoyah married several times and fathered many children. He and his last wife, Sally, moved to Willis Valley (Alabama), where Sequoyah operated a trading post used by both Cherokee and whites.

Sequoyah was intrigued with the fact that white men could convey messages by use of writing or "talking leaves." In 1809, Sequoyah began experimenting with a written alphabet for the Cherokee language. At first he tried to use a different symbol for each word of his language. This, however, proved impractical.

After many years of experimentation, Sequoyah came to realize that the Cherokee language is composed of a set number of recurring sounds. With this insight it was possible for him to identify and create a symbol for each sound, thus producing a syllabary rather than an alphabet.

During the twelve-year development of the syllabary, Sequoyah endured much ridicule from family and tribal members. Regardless of this response he continued his work and in 1821 completed the Cherokee Language syllabary.

The first person he taught to use the syllabary (A-ga-yuh) was Ahyoka, his daughter. Skeptical members of the tribe were won over when they were shown that Sequoyah and his daughter could communicate, even when separated, by reading the written messages composed from the syllabary. The teaching of the syllabary was begun and as its use spread, Sequoyah became esteemed as a knowledgeable and respected man.

Departing his eastern home in 1818, Sequoyah operated a salt production and blacksmith works near present day Russellville, Arkansas. In 1828, Sequoyah was designated part of a delegation sent by the Arkansas Cherokee to Washington to make a treaty to exchange their lands for lands in the present state of Oklahoma. Following his trip, Sequoyah determined to trade his land and salt works for like property in present day Oklahoma. He and his family located on Big Skin Bayou Creek in what is now Sequoyah County.

Sequoyah knew from tribal folklore of a band of the Cherokee that had moved west of the Mississippi before the American Revolutionary War. In the spring of 1842, Sequoyah decided to travel to the southwest in the hopes of locating these other Cherokees. He apparently hoped to convince them to return with him to the new tribal lands. Though Sequoyah succeeded in locating this band in 1843, during the journey he became ill and died in August of that year near San Fernando, Mexico. his exact burial place is unmarked and unknown to this date.

Sequoyah's fame as the inventor of a nation's written language has become worldwide. He was selected as one of Oklahoma's two greatest men in the National Statuary Hall of Washington D.C.

Sequoyah's Home Site

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Sequoyah's Salt Works
Sequoyah's Salt WorksSalt was a valuable commodity in the early 1800s. Besides being used as a seasoning, it was also used in food preparation and leather tanning. Salt also served as a medium of exchange in the West.

Salt was obtained by boiling water from salt springs in large kettles set atop wood-fired furnaces. As the water evaporated, the crystalized salt was ladled out of the kettle and deposited on a lower portion of the furnace. After cooling it was put into barrels for shipment. Although most salt made in Indian Territory was used locally, some was sold as far away as New Orleans.

In 1828, the Cherokees were removed from western Arkansas to present day Oklahoma. Sequoyah, in exchange for a salt works he owned in Arkansas, was given a salt spring located nine miles northeast of his homesite.

Sequoyah operated this salt works until his death in the 1840s.

Sequoyah's Home Site


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Sequoyah Statue
Sequoyah StatueSequoyah, the Cherokee soldier and teacher, gained world-wide fame when he devised the Cherokee syllabary. His statue is in the Nation's Capitol as one of Oklahoma's two greatest men. The giant redwood trees of California are named for him.

The statue is located on the grounds of Sequoyah's Home Site.

Sequoyah's Home Site

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Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm
Overstreet-Kerr Historical FarmAt the Overstreet-Kerr Farm visitors may glimpse life on this working farm as it was in the early 20th century. See the lavishly restored, 1895, antique filled, 14-room pioneer home that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Focus on the Choctaw-pioneer farming and ranching life in the original barn, chicken house, potato house, smokehouse, herb gardens, antique farm equipment, rare breeds of livestock, such as, Pineywoods cattle, Spanish goats, and American Mammoth donkeys. Wander through an orchard of heirloom varieties of fruit and native trees marked on the nature trail.

The Kerr Center acquired the two-story home and the remaining 140 acres of the Overstreet Ranch in 1988 from the Overstreet-Short Mountain Foundation. Restoration of the historic home and outbuildings was completed in 1991. The restored home includes period rooms, original woodwork, and four hand-carved fireplaces. The Kerr Center has preserved many of the Overstreet family photos, records, and furnishings. The Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm provides educational programs and displays that reflect the events and history at the turn of the century.

It has been said that "Things last longer than people." Things serve as a lasting record of the lives of people, giving the viewer knowledge, understanding, and an appreciation of the lifestyles, successes, and failures of a previous generation. By preserving these things, the Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm helps to keep the source of such knowledge, understanding, and appreciation alive for future generations.

History

On May 21, 1871, T.G. Overstreet married Margaret Victor in Greene County, Mississippi. Later that year, the young man brought his bride to Indian Territory. Overstreet built a small log cabin, just south of the Arkansas River at the foot of Short Mountain and began to clear cane thickets along the river.

Since Margaret was part Choctaw Indian, the law entitled Overstreet to all the land that he cleared and one-fourth mile surrounding it. Soon the massive Overstreet Ranch encompassed 3,000 acres of rich Arkansas River bottomland. The ranch was well-known for its quality cattle, hogs, mules, horses, cotton, and
potatoes.

In 1890, Tom started work on the home that the family members refer to as the "big house." It has been said that it was built from bottom to top, without a knot or fault in a single piece of lumber. The impressive 15-room home was built in an unusual design with inside chimneys, back-to-back fireplaces, closets and a captain's walk, which were not characteristics seen in the area at the time.

Public Tours of Home and Grounds:

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Missouri-Pacific Depot/Library
Missouri-Pacific Depot/LibraryThe renovated Missouri-Pacific Railroad Station houses Sallisaw's public library, the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library. The exterior of the building remains true to the original structure built over 75 years ago.

Current fiction, non-fiction, children's books, periodicals, technical books and a reference section are available in this popular community library.

Historic Schoolhousesmore

WPA High School
WPA High SchoolThis 1940 WPA High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now used as a community center as a memorial to Argayle Quesenbery.

Historic Churchesmore

Historic Churches
Historic ChurchesFirst Presbyterian Church - 1918

Oak and Creek Streets









First Baptist Church

South Elm and Creek Streets

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Outdoor Mural
Outdoor MuralThis nearly block-long mural illustrates historical events throughout Sequoyah County in a collage of 21 paintings.

Race Tracksmore

Blue Ribbon Downs
Blue Ribbon DownsBlue Ribbon Downs is Oklahoma's oldest racing facility and first pari-mutuel race track. Located on 165 acres bordered on the south by I-40 and on the north by Highway 64, is only 20 miles west of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 101 miles southeast of Tulsa and 159 miles east of Oklahoma City. Blue Ribbon Downs is specially designed to offer fans close-up involvement in the sport...live racing as well as world class simulcasts. Blue Ribbon Downs features Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, Appaloosa and Paint horse racing. A glass-enclosed Clubhouse overlooking both the track and action-packed Saddling Paddock offers fans year round comfort.

A gift shop, Turf Club Restaurant and concession stands are on site along with a video arcade open on live racing days only. Contact the Marketing department for information on group packages, and also on arts and crafts shows, antique car show and other special events at the track.

Hours & Days of Operation:
Live racing Friday - Sunday (Friday racing subject to schedule change). No live racing on Fridays during July. Post time 1pm.
Simulcast racing 7 days a week. Admission gates open 1 hour prior to first simulcast race and 1 1/2 hours prior to first post in live racing.

Price Description:
Parking $1, General Admission, $2, includes access to all stadium levels Reserved Seating, $3.50 for the Turf Club. Children under 12 years old, free admission. Senior Citizen Day (Free parking and general admission) on Friday when live racing is Friday through Sunday and on Sunday when racing on Saturday and Sunday only.

Payment Methods Accepted - American Express, VISA, Discover, Mastercard

Tour Group Services:
Advance Tour Group Reservations Required, Free Admission (Motorcoach Driver)

Directions:
From I-40, take exit 308 (Highway 59) North to Highway 64. Turn left (West). Located approximately 1/2 mile on the left.

Wildlife Refugesmore

Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge
Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeEstablished to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, the refuge lies at the junction of the Canadian and Arkansas Rivers and contains 20,800 acres, half of which is water.

Snow geese concentrate here in large numbers during the fall migration. Bald eagles winter here in November and December. Birdwatching (there are over 250 species of birds seen at the refuge), photography, fishing and hunting (during season) are permitted in specified areas.

Six-mile daytime driving tours.

Trailsmore

Short Mountain Hiking Trail
The 5.4 mile trail, located near Sallisaw and the Robert S. Kerr Dam and Recreation Area, presents a challenge to hikers with steep climbs at either end, but the vista from atop Short Mountain is worth the effort.

The trail meanders along the top of the mountain offering views of the lake, lock and dam. Hikers may be treated with a view of bald eagles from November through March. Spring offers the beauty of redbud and dogwood blossoms, while autumn presents a glorious splash of reds and golds.

Golf Coursesmore

Shadow Creek Country Club
Shadow Creek Country Club18 holes, bent grass greens, open to the public. South on Wheeler Street 1.5 miles, veer left at the curve and continue under the interstate.

Wildlife Refugesmore

Safari's Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary
Safari's Exotic Wildlife SanctuaryWe (animal lovers) are a species very distinct from all others.
A species that is compelled to help all of Gods' creatures to survive and live a fulfilled joyous life.

Safari's Sanctuary in Broken Arrow was founded in 1995 to do just that. We rescue all kinds of wildlife, from big cats, wolves, bears, primates, hoof stock, birds, reptiles..etc. Currently housing over 200 animals. All from either private individuals who could not keep or from zoo's that over breed.

While at the same time, we focus on educating our youth to the dangers of having exotic animals as pets. Teaching to do your research before acquiring any animal, whether dog, snake, or tiger! What will its needs be? How much will it eat? How big will it get? How long does it live? Are you willing to dedicate your life to that animal for the next 10+ years (however long it lives)?

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Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Ongoing Performances.

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Coursesmore

Cedar Ridge Country Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

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Battle Creek Golf Club
Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days

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Indian Springs Country Club -Windmill
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days

Golf Coursesmore

Golf Club Of Oklahoma, The
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

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Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes

Museumsmore

Collinsville Depot Museum
Pioneer furnishings.

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Historic Dr. McLean Home
1913 home on National Historic Register. Original furnishings, medical equipment and vintage clothing.

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Radio City Music Hall
Vintage antique radios and phonographs.

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Recreationmore

City Parks
Elm Creek Park - Fishing pond, covered picnic areas by reservation and walking trail - Located at 12301 E 77th Place North. (918) 272-2251

Rayola/Friendship Park - Playground, covered picnic areas, swimming pool - Located at 8200 Owasso Expwy. (918) 272-2251

Golf Coursesmore

Bailey Golf Ranch
18 holes.

Artmore

Scissortail Gallery of Fine Art
Original oil, acrylic, pen and ink, clayboard and bronze pieces from national Wildlife artists and "Cowboy Artists of America".

Golf Coursesmore

Owasso Golf & Athletic Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days

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Mission Bell Museum
Early day items from Coweta.

Golf Coursesmore

Cedar Creek Golf Course
Challenging, enjoyable golf course, views of Arkansas River, abundant wildlife. Close to Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Haskell & Muskogee, Oklahoma. 9 hole public executive course referred to as "one of the Tulsa area's best kept secrets". Driving range.

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Woods Golf Course
18 holes.

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Wagoner City Historical Museum
Wagoner City Historical MuseumWagoner's City Historical Museum is an alive and vital showcase for one of the finest historic fashion collections in Oklahoma, with artifacts of area history to give local residents and tourists alike a real appreciation for how things used to be.

The museum offers an excellent study in how textiles and fashions have changed through the last century and to as far back as Civil War days. Many of the fashions on display once were worn by area and state citizens.

To compliment the fashion collection the museum has many artifacts from Wagoner's past, including old advertising pieces, pictures that tell family stories and pictures that tell the story of life in this area.

Historic Courthousesmore

Wagoner County Courthouse & Memorial Walk
Wagoner County Courthouse & Memorial WalkThe Wagoner County Courthouse was built in 1939 replacing the original courthouse that was built in 1897 which also served as the federal building.

Located on the front lawn is a Veteran's Memorial honoring the servicemen in all wars, and engraved bricks form a memorial walkway leading up to the entrance to the courthouse.

Historic Districtsmore

Historic Downtown
Historic Downtown

Wagoner was the first incorporated city in Indian Territory, as well as the first to establish a public school and a waterworks system. By 1895, the young town had numerous permanent buildings and several of these buildings still remain.

S.S.Cobb BuildingBuilt in 1895, the S.S. Cobb Building still stands as the centerpiece of Wagoner's Downtown area. It now houses the American Bank. It is interesting to note the dating at the top of the corner tower of this building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as it reads "1895 I.T. (Indian Territory). Wagoner was not incorporated until 1896.

The Wagoner Development Commission Building is so large is seems it could house the whole early-century city in one building!

Carnegie Librariesmore

Carnegie Library
Carnegie LibraryThe Carnegie Library is one of Wagoner's monuments to timelessness. The 1913 building has housed countless thousands of books and perhaps fueled as many growing imaginations.

When business tycoon, Andrew Carnegie, retired after the turn of the century, his foundation set to build bastions of literacy in communities through the country. Wagoner received one of 24 Carnegie Libraries originally built in Oklahoma. Now it is among only nine Carnegies that have remained working public libraries.

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Outdoor Murals
Outdoor MuralsLocated on the northeast corner building at Church and Main.

Painted by the Wagoner Work Crew in 1999, the mural depicts the growth of Wagoner from the time of the Texas Road cattle drives through Indian Territory.

Located on the north side of the building adjacent to the courthouse at 3rd and Cherokee.











Wagoner DepotSemore Park became a beautiful addition to the downtown setting in 2000 and this artistic scene of the old Wagoner Depot becomes a background for relaxation while at the park.

Artist, Ben Hamm - 2000

Cherokee and Main

Historic Homesmore

Historic Homes
Historic HomesThis is the 1893 home of James Parkinson, who was the first president of the First National Bank of Wagoner and a very wealthy man. He also was a prominent cattleman in the Creek Nation.

National Historic Register

207 NE 2nd

The Fred A. Parkinson House was built in407 NE 3rd1901. He was the manager of the Wagoner Hardware Company, which featured fine buggies, hardware and wagons.

National Historic Register
407 NE 3rd

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Park of the Five Civilized Tribes
Sequoyah Bay State Park is located within an oak-hickory woodland of eastern Oklahoma on the shores of Fort Gibson Reservoir.

The Park strives to honor the cultures of the Five Civilized Tribes, as well as the memory of those who traveled the many "Trails of Tears." The Park offers a unique opportunity to learn about the long-past war chiefs and great speakers of the Five Civilized Tribes who led their people through many ordeals and hardships. Each of the five campgrounds are named for one of these chiefs or speakers and a monument is erected at the entrances with each name and a brief description.

Chief Payamataha (Pie-ya-ma-ta-ha) - "Leader of Those Assembled for War"

Payamataha was a king in the Chickasaw Nation during the mid to late 18th century. In his youth, he was known as Nouholubb, roughly translated to be "He Killed a White Man." Due to his war abilities, he ascended within the tribe's leadership and was named Payamataha. He was a champion of the Chickasaw ancestors, urging the preservation and protection of all things Chickasaw.



Creek SealSpeaker Opothle-Yahola ( O-bith-ly-Ya-ho-la)

During 1824, the Creek Nation was almost helplessly divided over the question of Indain removal from Georgia. In 1825, Washington sent more commissioners to yet another treaty-council in Indian Springs. This time a new Creek leader, Opothle-Yahola, led the young warriors of the Upper Towns. In 1826, even though the treaty was signed. Opothle-Yahola led a large delegation of Creek chiefs and warriors to Washington to protest. The treaty was, therefore, declared null and void by President John Quincy Adams and a new treaty signed. Opothle-Yahola was described by Colonel McKenney as "cool, cautious and sagacious; and with a tact which would have done credit to a more refined diplomatist..."

Seminole SealChief Hulbutta Micco

"Alligator King," a.k.a., Billy Bowlegs, was the last hereditary Seminole Chief to leave the native lands of Florida. He was also the leader of the last of the Seminole Wars against removal. Hulbutta Micco tried to remain in seclusion in the Florida Everglades, but the demand for Seminole land continued. Various parties were sent to negotiate with Hulbutta; the government even offered him a substantial amount of money for his land to immigrate west. Eventually believing the promises of the government, he left his homeland and went to Indian Territory, he was never compensated, and the money was never paid. Once in Indian Territory, Hulbutta Micco became a Captain during the Civil War with the Union Army. When he later died, he was buried in the National Cemetery in Fort Gibson and his portrait hangs in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Choctaw SealPushmataha (Push-ma-ta-ha) - "Sprout Completed"

Born in 1764, Pushmataha was known in the Southwest as an outstanding individual and as a warrior. He knew very lettle of the parentage; tradition stating he was left an orphan at an early age. Pushmataha was said to be one of nature's nobility, a man who would have adorned any society, a warrior of great distinction, wise in council and eloquent in an extraordinary degree.



Cherokee SealAttakullakulla (Ada-Galgala)

Thought to have been born sometime in 1700 at a place called Sevier's Island, Attakullakulla lived as a child along the banks of the Little Tennessee and Hiwassie Rivers. He was the first chief of the Cherokee people to be historically recorded and was the most celebrated and influential person among the tribes then known. Said the South Carolina Gazette on July 31, 1775, " He was the most fluent, most graceful and eloquent orator ever heard." Attakullakulla once said, "Some of the warriors of my nation, upon hearing stories true or false are immediately in a flame, but that is not my way - I love calmness and moderation."

Recreationmore

Maple Park Sports Complex
Maple Park Sports ComplexWagoner is truly blessed with it's parks and wonderful sports complex. The Maple Park Sports complex and park is one of Wagoner's true assets. Sprawled out on almost one square mile, the park features just about everything that a family could want in the way of leisure, entertainment, and recreation. There are 5 softball fields, 2 baseball fields, the High School baseball field, 4 soccer fields, W.L. Odom Football Stadium (Home of the Wagoner Bulldogs), 3/4 mile paved walking trail, Wagoner pond with fishing pier, picnic areas, 4 picnic pavilions, playground, and new in 1999, the Wagoner Water Park. The new water park has two water slides, diving board, large wading area, and shallow children's wading pool. Add extended sun bathing areas and you have a virtual garden of Eden for young and old alike.

Maple Park and the Sports Complex are located at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Story Avenue. From downtown, head East on Cherokee to Story Avenue (past Taco Mayo), take a left (North) and go two blocks to the entrance of the park.

Fun Centersmore

Wagoner 's Water Park
Wagoner 's Water ParkThis is more than a new swimming pool the City of Wagoner has built for its residents and visitors. It's a whole water park full of fun for the entire family. Whether you're 2 or 22, 6 or 66, there's something at Wagoner's Water Park for everyone!

The park includes a 240,000 gallon pool with several areas of water fun. About 70 percent of the pool area is four feet deep or less so that you can enjoy the water at your leisure. It's zero-level entry, which means you can walk right into the pool without having to go down steps.

Those more serious about swimming will enjoy a diving board and two drop-in chutes that take you into the deep end of the pool. And, if you're ready for some real fun, climb the ladders to shoot into the pool via one of our two water slides! You can take the open chute for a winding ride down or the enclosed tube for a faster shot at hitting the water.

For the very youngest water enthusiast, we have built a special kiddie pool where children may wade in the water or get acquainted with Tommy the Turtle, who spews a fun stream of water into the air. Or they might want to stand under the raindrop umbrella or experiment with the water gates.

Sporting Rangesmore

Wagoner Archery Assoc.
Excellent Archery Range! This range has both indoor and outdoor archery. Located on Ft. Gibson Lake. Ranges are setup for compounds and traditional bows. Located 1/2 miles east of Wagoner on Toppers Road.

Artsmore

Bartlesville Community Center
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation design. Performing arts center, banquet facilities.

Museumsmore

Bartlesville Museum in the Price Tower
Permanent and special exhibits.

Famous Homesmore

Frank Phillips Historic Home
Frank Phillips Historic HomeIn 1897, the frontier trading community of Bartlesville in Indian Territory became the site of the first commercial oil well in Oklahoma. During the decade that followed, oil entrepreneurs streamed into the area and exploration exploded in a frenzy of spectacular successes and failures. The discovery of oil and increasing settlement led to statehood in 1907. This same year, Oklahoma became the nation's leading producer of oil, a position it continued to occupy or share through the tumultuous years of growth that followed.

Frank Phillips, an ambitious barber-turned-bond salesman from Iowa, visited Bartlesville in 1903 to assess business possibilities in the surrounding oil fields. He returned permanently two years later with his wife Jane and young son John. After a series of failures that nearly caused him to abandon the business, a string of eighty-one straight successful oil wells insured success. By 1909, he had completed construction of the Frank Phillips Home. From then until Frank's death in 1950, the home was the setting from which he, his family and friends, and the community that grew up around them played a key role in the development of the oil industry in America.

The original 26 room Neo-Classical mansion was remodeled twice. It underwent extensive interior redecoration the last time in 1930. It nonetheless retains the graceful external lines of the original design. Thereafter, neither the Phillips nor their granddaughter who donated the home to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1973, made significant changes to the interior. Thus, with few exceptions, the furniture, decorations and even personal effects are original.

As a consequence, the Home depicts the lives, tastes, fashions, and values of the Phillips and their world during the first half of the 20th century. As an example of the personal home of an Oklahoma oil millionaire, it is a window through which you can step back to those times, and experience the home life of one of America's most fascinating oil men.

On the ground floor, your tour will include the spacious, richly paneled library, and the dining room where much of the entertaining was done. Here, and at their country lodge at Woolaroc south of Bartlesville, the Phillips received guests from near and far: personal friends, American and foreign businessmen, local ranchers and cowboys, and Native Americans with whom Frank felt a particular closeness. Frank was proud to have been adopted into the Osage tribe, and to wear their ceremonial attire.

On the second floor are Frank and Jane's distinctly different bedrooms and private baths, Jane's with gold fixtures and ceiling mirrors, and Frank's with his personal barbers chair. Also on the second floor is the bedroom of their beloved foster daughters, with its display of childhood animal friends and toys.

An expanded panorama of Frank and Jane's lives and interests is presented in the award-winning permanent exhibit in the garage behind the home. Included is information on the humble beginnings, family life, the oil business, Phillips Petroleum Company, and the many philanthropic endeavors with which they associated themselves throughout their lives

A stroll around the grounds as you leave, will reveal how graciously this elegant home still fits, nearly a century later, within the town setting it did so much to create.

The Director's Tour: This tour runs at 9:00 a.m. on Wed, Thurs, Fri. A special "behind the scenes" tour that includes the basement used by the Phillips family as a laundry area, and other areas that the normal tour does not cover. Allow 1 1/2 hours for this tour which ends in the estate's garden cottage with refreshments. Admission for this tour is $10 for adults, $7 for children.

Historic Homesmore

LaQuinta Foster Mansion
Circa 1932. A 32 room Spanish-style mansion.

Historic Buildingsmore

Price Tower
Circa 1956, The 19-story glass and copper skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright. The design is based on a diamond module of 30 and 60 degree triangles.

Museumsmore

Woolaroc Museum
Woolaroc Museum with Western art, artifacts and cultural history, wildlife preserve including buffalo, Frank Phillips Lodge home, family mousoleum, Native American Heritage Center, 1850s traders camp and the natural environment.



Learning Centersmore

Sutton Avian Research Center
A Rare bird research/conservation center.

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Johnstone Park
Johnstone ParkLocated in historic Johnstone Park will be a new replica of Oklahoma's first commercial oil well in Discovery 1 Park, along with the Hulah Depot, a steam locomotive, and the kiddie-park with 30-cent rides.

History was born when a family named Johnstone ventured out of Canada and into the United States settling in Minnesota in 1866. Bringing with them two young sons, ages seven and three, the Johnstones, Samuel and Maria, put down roots in Glenwood, Pope County and established a general store. As fate would have it, by 1876 Maria had developed health problems that would affect the family's future and they removed to Coodys Bluff, Indian Territory four miles east of Nowata in the old Cherokee Nation. Traveling south they arrived by prairie schooner to what certainly must have seemed a vast empty territory. And for Bartlesville an oil legacy was soon in the budding stages.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Bartlesville's first oil well gushed, or perhaps a lot of oil. Nellie Johnstone, her pioneering family, the Nellie J No. 1, Jacob Bartles and all the rest will never be forgotten. The community of Bartlesville continues to build on the past, expand the future and give honor to those who came before us.

Several replicas of the original Nellie No. 1 have replaced the original over the years. The first replica was erected over the original site of the Nellie Johnstone No. 1, at the Johnstone Park in May of 1948, which was subsequently removed in 1962. That replica was instigated by Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Taylor. The second replica made of redwood, was built in 1963 and erected on March 5, 1964. In attendance at the dedication of this replica, was W.W. Keeler, grandson of George W. Keeler and Nellie Johnstone Cannon, daughter of William Johnstone and namesake of the original well. This version, badly deteriorated, was a hazard. Again a committee was formed by the Bartlesville Area Chamber of Commerce working with the City of Bartlesville to make plans to recreate the experience of bringing in the Nellie. "Discovery 1 Park - Where Oklahoma Oil Began!" will feature a working cable tool drilling rig and periodic gusher, along with an open air Visitor Center and Path of Petroleum Pioneers. The second replica was dismantled in August of 2007 to make room for the 84 ft. high reconstruction of the Nellie Johnstone No. 1, a replica that is to be part of the coming of "Discovery 1 Park", a five acre site at the entry of Bartlesville's historic Johnstone Park where it all began.

The Bartlesville Area History Museum, located at 401 S. Johnstone will commemorate the birth of the first commercial oil well with an exhibit of the history surrounding that occasion and what led up to it. Included in the exhibit will be a four foot recreation of an oil derrick that represents the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 and will coincide with the ongoing development, planning and construction of "Discovery 1 Park".

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Bartlesville Area History Museum
Bartlesville Area History MuseumThe Bartlesville Area History Museum, a 10,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the top floor of the City Center, a historic building that once was home to the Hotel Maire during the Bartlesville oil boom. The community has a rich and colorful heritage with roots traced back to the Delaware, Cherokee, and Osage peoples who lived in the region before the arrival of white settlers.

Through photographs, artifacts and video, Bartlesville's heritage unfolds with stories of oilmen, Indian chiefs, ranchers, bankers, outlaws, school teachers, smelter workers, shop clerks and many others who helped to shape a tiny frontier settlement into a modern city.

Area fourth grade students benefit from the experience of attending classes in the Nelson Carr one-room school in November and April, where they can experience a typical day of education and lifestyle of the early 1900's.

Golf Coursesmore

Hillcrest Country Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days

Golf Coursesmore

Sunset Country Club
Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days

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Adams Golf Club
Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days

Amusement Parksmore

Kiddie Park
There are fifteen rides in the Park and they all are sized perfectly for toddlers, preschoolers and grade school kids. The Playground Association draws a line for riders based on a height most of them reach when they are 10 to 12 years old.

Memorialsmore

Fallen Heroes of Washington County
FALLEN HEROES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY EXHIBIT AND MEMORIAL SERVICE

Men have been defending our American soil for over two centuries from enemy's from without and from within. Though nearly every war represents a different generation, the men have not changed, nor the push to protect.

Words like skirmishes, attack, march, forage and many others apply to just some of the activity associated with battle, and military expeditions. Wars are fought differently in the 21st century, technology plays a bigger role, computers, cell phones and email were unheard of in earlier wars, but the two prevailing words that remain constant are; DEVOTION, PATRIOTISM.

Men with hearts of valor, of sacrifice for their families and their country have long served us all, with no thought to life or limb, willingly ready to step forward sacrificially putting their country and families first, their own lives aside or on hold.

Though long retired from his own military career, Joe Todd, continues to serve his nation and fellow soldiers by keeping their memories alive, preserving their history, their loyalty and allegiance to this nation and its people. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library houses hundreds of interviews by Todd, dedicated to preserving important audiovisual and manuscript records of World War II veterans and home front workers.

Todd's most recent under-taking is the upcoming exhibit at the Bartlesville Area History Museum, Fallen Heroes of Washington County. Six months and untold hours have gone into the research and preparation to honor the memories of Washington County men that have fallen in the service of their nation, during the Great War (World War I) World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.

Museumsmore

Tom Mix Museum
Tom Mix MuseumThe Tom Mix Museum houses a large collection of this silent movie King of the Cowboys personal and movie items. Return to the days when the good guys wore white hats and sample something of the magnitude of Tom Mix, the Myth and the Man.

Museum exhibits include a replica of Tony "The Wonder Horse," and Tom's collection of saddles, boots, guns and clothing. Be sure to plan time to visit the museum's theater and watch one of Tom's movie adventures. Tom Mix movies are shown continuously in the museum's 30 seat theatre until 3:30 p.m. each day.

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Dewey Hotel Museum
1899 hotel with period furnishings.

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Prairie Song, Indian Territory
Replica of an 1800s prairie village has more than 20 buildings.

Famous Peoplemore

Tom Mix
Tom Mix

Thomas Edward Mix was everything his surname suggest - a mix of myth and man, fantasy and reality. His own life rivaled his screen escapades, and he was enormously successful.

The Man

Mix arrived in Oklahoma during territorial times. At various times Tom worked as a bartender, and he also worked as a ranch hand on the 101. For a short time in 1911 Tom Mix served as town marshal in Dewey, Oklahoma, the site of the Tom Mix Museum. While working at the 101 Ranch, Tom met Selig and began his movie career.

Born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania on January 6, 1880, Tom's parents named him Thomas Hezikiah Mix. When he enlisted in the Army in April 1898, he listed his name as Thomas E. Mix. Tom lead a colorful life. He married five times and had two children - Ruth born July 13, 1912 to Olive Stokes and Thomasina born February 12, 1922 to Victoria Forde. Tom died October 11, 1940 in a car accident on a highway between Tucson and Florence, Arizona.

America's Matinee Idol

Mix's daredevil attitude and superb horsemanship made him a natural for the silent "western." Tom Mix's movie career spanned twenty-six years from 1909 through 1935. At various times he was under contract to five different studios: Selig, Fox FBO (Film Booking Office), University and Mascot. In all he made 336 feature films, produced 88, wrote 71 and directed 117.

Tom made only nine sound feature films and the 15 chapter serial "The Miracle Rider." "Talkies" first became popular as Tom developed an interest in the circus, and the recording technology was not advanced enough to film the type of outdoor adventures Mix specialized in.

Separating Fact From Fiction

Once his movie career took off Tom Mix lived his life in the public eye. Photos filled newspapers, magazines and posters. News releases were always interesting and exciting but not always true. Various stories reported Tom served as a Texas Ranger, fought with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and was wounded at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba. Reports also had Tom in action in the Philippines and in China during the Boxer Rebellion. Mix claimed he fought on both sides during the Boer War in South Africa. NONE of this was true.

Tony "The Wonder Horse"

Tom Mix retired his first range pony and movie partner, Old Blue, in 1914 and purchased Tony. Tom and Tony executed their own stunts. Tony, "The Wonder Horse" became almost as popular as his master. He could untie his master's hands, perform amazing jumps or pull him away from a blazing fire. In 1932, Tom retired the "Wonder Horse" to the Mix stables in Universal City. Tony, Jr. completed the Universal films with Tom. Tom trained Tony, Jr. as a circus performer. Tony II, a large white horse, accompanied Tom on his second European tour in 1938. Tony appeared in 181 films. Tom's original horse "Old Blue" appeared in 87, and Tony, Jr. appeared in nine films, all "talkies."

Under the Big Top

Tom Mix remains the highest paid circus performer in history. His $10,000 per week salary has yet to be equaled. Tom starred with the Sells-Floto Circus in 1929 and 1931. After making movies in 1932 and 1933, Tom returned to circus life from 1934 through 1938 when the Depression took its toll on the large motorized circuses.

The Legend Continues ...

Return to the days when the good guys wore white hats and sample something of the magnitude of Tom Mix, the Myth and the Man, at the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey, Oklahoma. Museum exhibits include a replica of Tony "The Wonder Horse," and Tom's collection of saddles, boots, guns and clothing. Be sure to plan time to visit the museum's theater and watch one of Tom's movie adventures. Tom Mix movies are shown continuously in the museum's 30 seat theatre until 3:30 p.m. each day.

- Oklahoma Historical Society

Fishingmore

Birch Lake Fishing
A fish habitat program has been established at Birch Lake and available species for the angler include largemouth bass, walleye, spotted bass, black and white crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and various species of sunfish.

Huntingmore

Birch Lake Hunting
Hunting opportunities are good at Birch Lake. Principal game species for hunting enthusiasts include bobwhite quail, mourning dove, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and deer.

Campgroundsmore

Birch Lake Camping
Three park areas located around Birch Lake offer the public many opportunities for outdoor family fun and relaxation. These park areas have campsites, picnic areas, drinking water, restrooms, charcoal grills and boat launching ramps.

BIRCH COVE - 103 Camp Sites with Electric only @ $6 starting April 12, non-elec, $0, potable water, Restrooms and Showers, hiking trail, equestrian trail, swimming area with bathhouse, boat ramp, courtesy/fishing dock

TWIN COVE POINT - 12 Campsite with full hookups, elec/water/sewer, vault toilets, potable water, picnic sites, swimming area with change facility, boat ramp and courtesy dock.

OVERLOOK AREA - Day use only. Picnic sites, municipal water and restroom, interpretive trail.

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Copan Lake Fishing
With the large uncleared areas and artificial fish shelters that were constructed prior to impoundment, Copan Lake offers excellent habitats for many species of game fish such as largemouth bass, white crappie, channel and flathead catfish and various species of sunfish. The 5,000 acre lake has also received an experimental stocking of the hybrid cross between the white bass and the striped bass, more commonly called the "Wiper".

Huntingmore

Copan Hunting
11,000 acres of the project land has been set aside to be managed for wildlife. The management of this land is done through a cooperative effort between the Corps of Engineers and the State Wildlife Departments in both Oklahoma (ODWC) and Kansas (KDWP). The game species and their relative abundance are as follows: Deer (abundant), Morning Dove (fair), Waterfowl (good), Bobwhite Quail (good), Turkey (fair), Cottontail Rabbit (good), and Squirrel (good).

Campgroundsmore

Copan Lake Camping
Washington Cove and Post Oak Parks have class A camping with full facilities. Washington Cove is looked after by Gate Attendants during the entire summer recreation season. Gates are locked at 10:00 p.m. each night and are opened at 6:00 a.m. each morning. Post Oak is left open every night for those of you who arrive at the lake late or need to get up and around early in the morning. Collection of fees are conducted by uniformed Ranger staff. Osage Plains is a free area with minimum camping and sanitary facilities.

Washington Cove (A) - Facilities include: 99 Designated Campsites with Elec/Water, Handicap Accessible sites, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Playground, Hiking Nature Trail, Equestrian Trail, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock.

Park Opens: April 1 - October 31

99 sites, Elec/Water - $14.00
2 Handicap Accessible sites - $16.00

Washington Cove (B) - Facilities include: 20 Designated Campsites with elec/water, 2 Handicapped sites, Restrooms/no shower, Equestrian Trail.

Park Opens: April 1 - November 1

20 sites, Elec/Water - $11.00
2 Handicapped site - $13.00

Post Oak Park - Facilities include: 18 Designated Campsites with Elec/water, Handicap Accessible sites,Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station.

Park Opens: April 1 - September 1

18 sites, Elec/Water - $14.00
2 Handicap Accessible - $16.00

Copan Point - Facilities include: Restrooms, Picnic Area, Swim Beach, Equestrian Trail, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock.

Park Opens: April 1 - September 1

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Lake Eufaula Fishing
Lake Eufaula FishingLake Eufaula has been listed as seventh place overall as one of Oklahoma's Top 25 Bass Lakes. The average weight per bass on Lake Eufaula was 2.37 pounds with 76 percent of the anglers being successful. These results were based from more than 1000 bass fishing tournaments held during the year.

BASS - Largemouth, Smallmouth, Kentucky or Sports are waiting on you!
With the great diversity and size of the lake, there is a divergent variety of structure to fish for bass. The water clarity changes with the seasons almost providing three lakes in one. If you like to fish stumps, willows, buck bushes, rocks, creeks, river channels or sand flats, Lake Eufaula has a bass for you.

CATFISH - The catfishermen in the area use a variety of methods to catch old "Mr. Whiskers". Roads and reels, a jugline or a trotline can provide the thrill of catching quality catfish.

CRAPPIE - The June 10, 2000 regional tournament showed Lake Eufaula to be considered as a Top 10 crappie lake. In the field of 129 teams, over 40% caught a 10 fish limit with an average weight of one pound per crappie and there were several two pound crappie. For the average fisherman, springtime or spawn period seems to be the key on Lake Eufaula. Fish from the bank or out on the boat, when you get in the crappie, you can catch your limit! Crappiefest is a tagged crappie tournament that lasts for two months.
Fishing for crappie in private docks is a big part of the crappie fishing on Lake Eufaula. For crappie fishermen that want the comforts of home, some of the largest and most comfortable fishing docks in the country are located around the lake. Some public docks even have carpet on the floor and green plants which will make your visit a pleasant one! Oh yes, the catch a lot of quality crappie year round and the docks are HEATED for you wintertime comfort.

STRIPERS - Stripers are not in the lake but are abundant below Eufaula Dam! The dam is located on the South Canadian River which empties into the Arkansas River and is close to the town of Webber Falls. The state record was caught below Eufaula Dam and was not broken until just a few years ago. Some folks plan their vacation just to fish below Eufaula Dam. Stripers and sandbass love the swift moving water below the dam. Also caught in the river are the much sought after Saugeye, a Walleye/Sauger hybrid. These Saugeye are also caught frequently when trolling for sandbass it the lake itself.

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Lake Eufaula Hunting
Lake Eufaula HuntingCorps of Engineers project lands are open for public hunting except for developed park area and lands in the vicinity of the dam and other project structures. The principal game species include bobwhite quail, deer, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, duck, geese and morning dove.

Campingmore

Eufaula Lake Corps Campgrounds
There are 7 Class A campgrounds located around Eufaula Lake as well as day uses areas and primitive campsites.

Belle Starr South - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock Marina

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

118 Sites - $18 to $20

Brooken Cove - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock.

Note: Sites 38 thru 52 are closed due to Bald Eagles nesting in the area. The area is marked by fencing and no entry signs.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

59 Sites - $16 to $18

Damsite South - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/elec. only, Primitive sites, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground,Swim Beach with Changehouse, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

26 Primitive Sites - $ 12.00
25 Sites/Elec. $18 to $20

Gentry Creek - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

14 Sites, Elec. only - $18 to $20
26 Primitive Sites - $13.00

Highway 9 North - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

33 Sites, Elec.only - $18 to $20
2 Primitive sites - $13

Highway 9 South - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec.only, Restrooms, Showers, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

27 Sites, Elec.only - $18 to $20 (Est)
3 Primitive Sites, - $13.00 (Est)

Porum Landing - Class Designation: A
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

37 Sites, Elec.only - $18 to $20
8 Primitive Sites - $13.00

Class C Campsites at Damsite East, Elm Point, Highway 9 East, Mill Creek, and Oak Ridge offering Electric Only, Restrooms and Boat Ramps.

State Parksmore

Lake Eufaula State Park
Lake Eufaula State ParkLake Eufaula State Park (formerly, Fountainhead) is located on the western shoreline midway between Chectoah and Eufaula on Oklahoma's largest man made lake, Lake Eufaula.

It offers a recreational park with a variety of available activities and has within its confines the Fountainhead Resort and Hotel, which is currently privately owned. Fountainhead Golf Course offers 18 holes of bermuda greens and beautiful lake views. Deer and turkey abound - along with other four-legged, furry creatures including squirrels, beavers, opossums, raccoons, rabbits and even an occasional bobcat. Deep Fork Nature Center features displays of local cultural and natural history as well as a "wildscape" habitat exhibit.

Just east of Canadian off U.S. Highway 69 lies 2,202 acres of wooded foothills dotted with handicapped accessible trails and recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, and horse back riding provided by stables at the park.

* Nice Resort and Restaurant * 234 Campsites (M) (S) (P) (D) * Assigned Campground * Nature Center * Horse Stable * Hiking and Nature Trail - easy 1/4 mile nature trail, a 2 1/2 mile day-use trail, and two 3/4 mile interpretative and educational trails, equestrian trails * Swimming Beach * Boating * Water Skiing * Indoor Fishing * Fishing - 3 boat ramps 2 with light * Marina * Restaurant * Grocery * Gift Shop * 18-Hole Golf Course * Putting Green * Driving Range * Pro Shop * Cart Rentals

CAMPING AREAS: 34 full hookups (Area 2), 50 electric/water hookups (Area 4), pull-throughs, 150 primitive sites, group camp, restrooms/showers, sanitary dump station, picnic areas, group shelters, boat ramps, marina, swimming beach

Golf Coursesmore

Fountainhead Golf Course
Fountainhead Golf CourseFountainhead Golf Course is one of Oklahoma's nine state park golf courses. Tight undulating fairways, large sloping greens and sand bunkers characterize Fountainhead - a test of ability for any golfer. Fountainhead's hilly course and sloping greens make par an excellent score. Views of Lake Eufaula provide the backdrop for the third hole, a 200-yard par three. A pond in front of the sloping green protects the landing area of the signature par-five 18th hole. Privately owned Fountainhead Resort offers comfortable accommodations. Water sports abound on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's largest lake. Other activities include miniature golf, horseback riding and bumper boats. A 3000 x 50 foot airstrip is convenient for those weekend get aways.

18 Holes, Par 72
Putting Green, Driving Range, Bent Grass Greens, Bermuda Tees & Fairways
Airstrip, Marina, Cabins

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Arrowhead State Park
Arrowhead State ParkArrowhead State Park features 2,200 acres of rolling, tree-covered hills and rugged terrain. It is located on a peninsula of Lake Eufaula, one of the largest manmade lakes in the Southwest. The lake has 102,000 acres of water, 600 miles of shoreline and a beautiful scenic view from overlooks located throughout the park.

Accommodations include a group camp with kitchen and 6 bunkhouses for 144 people, RV sites, tent sites, picnic shelters and 3 group locations, marina with enclosed fishing dock and 2 boat ramps, a gift shop, a grocery store, playgrounds, miniature golf course, and a swimming area. Water-related activities include swimming, boating, skiing, sailing and jet skiing. Arrowhead Golf Course, an 18-hole course with putting green, driving range and pro shop. Trail systems include Outlaw Trail, a 3-mile hiking trail, a 1-mile interpretive nature trail and equestrian trail. A 3500' lighted airstrip is located within the park.

4 CAMPGROUNDS: 20 full hookups, 65 electric/water hookups, 129 primitive sites, restrooms/showers, sanitary dump stations, group camp, picnic areas, group shelters, equestrian facilities, and trails.

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Arrowhead Golf Course
Arrowhead Golf CourseRugged, rock-strewn hills surrounding the inlets and coves of Lake Eufaula make Arrowhead a beautiful, challenging course rated the number one public course in the state in 1997 and 1998. Mature, native trees line Arrowhead's Bermuda grass fairways, and the bent grass greens are large and undulating, with several well-placed sand bunkers and all concrete cart paths. A putting green and driving range are available and are located near the Pro shop which is open every day except Christmas day. Its hours cater to the players' needs.

Spectacular lake views and a comfortable climate make Arrowhead a popular golf retreat. Non-golfers enjoy hiking, biking, and a variety of water sports.

18 Holes * Par 72 * Blue Tees at 71.4 * White Tees at 69.4 * Red Tees at 70.7 * Slope (blue) 119 * Slope (white) 114 * Slope (red) 126

Huntingmore

Hulah Lake Hunting
Approximately 8,900 acres of project lands have been made available to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for wildlife management purposes. Two thousand acres of this have been set aside as a State waterfowl refuge; the remainder is managed for upland game and whitetail deer and is open to the public as a hunting area. Game species prevalent are: deer