Checotah's PRCA Champions

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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.

Come visit us in Checotah, Oklahoma

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Katy Depot Museum & Information Center

The 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

Checotah, OK Museums

Sharpe House

The house was constructed on land bought in 1911

Checotah, OK Historic Homes

1903 IOOF Home

One 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

Checotah, OK Historic Buildings

Checotah Roundup Club Rodeos

Rodeo 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.

Checotah, OK Rodeos

United Methodist Church

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

Checotah, OK Historic Churches

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