From sprawling cattle ranches to curlicued Art Deco skyscrapers, Osage brush arbors to Route 66 diners, northeastern Oklahoma is where the American Dream met the American West. The area's Native American roots can be traced back to the prehistoric Spiro Mound Builders -- the story of the 12th century empire they built is told at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Park near Poteau. In the 19th Century, the Cherokee tribe built their capitol on the green banks of the Illinois River and Creek Indian councils met under a massive oak in "Tulsey Town." The Osage tribe moved from Kansas to Pawhuska, named for the Osage chief, on the border of the tall grass prairie; the tribe was confident the roots of the rich grass were so thick and deep the land would never be plowed by settlers. The discovery of vast seas of oil beneath the prairies changed the face of northeastern Oklahoma -- Tulsey Town became Tulsa, "Oil Capitol of the World," and nearby Bartlesville grew from a Delaware trading post to a cosmopolitan town boasting a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed skyscraper.
Explore Green Country
Tenkiller State Park offers 39 cabins, some with a lake view while others have a park view. The cabins sit high atop limestone cliffs at the south end of Lake Tenkiller in a beautiful state park setting. The cabins are of a duplex style with shared outdoor grill and picnic table outside., OK Cabins
1... 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 16Fort Gibson, OK Tours
There 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. SmithVinita, OK Tours