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Okemah, Oklahoma

Okemah, Oklahoma

Okemah was named for Kickapoo Chief, Okemah, who lived one and one half miles east and one mile north of Harrah upon his original allotment where he died in 1936. Chief Okemah lived on the townsite of Okemah from March 1902 until a week after the opening which occurred on April 21, 1902. The agreeable and fine temperament of this old chief was really the cause of naming the town for him - noted for honesty, integrity, and uprightness - the name meaning "high man" or "person of high stature."

As the hometown of folk singer, Woody Guthrie, "Okemah was one of the singiest, square dancingest, drinkingest, yellingest, preachingest, walkingest, talkingest, laughingest, cryingest, shootingest, fist fightingest, bleedingest, gamblingest, gun, club and razor carryingest of our ranch towns and farm towns, because it blossomed out into one of our first Oil Boom Towns." The Annual Woody Guthrie Free Folk Arts Festival brings thousands of music lovers and folk entertainers to Okemah for five days of good ole music lovin' fun!

Experience Okemah with its clean, safe, friendly atmosphere. A variety of recreational and leisure activities, great schools, a strong retail environment and community spirit make Okemah a great place to visit, to raise a family, or retire.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Okfuskee County Historical Society Museum

The county's past is explored through an early-day schoolroom display and a variety of other items, housed in a 1926 Masonic temple.

Okemah, OK Museums

Okemah Golf Club

Okemah boasts one of the finest golf courses in the area. Our nine-hole golf course is the site of many hours of family fun for local residents. Golfers from area communities are attracted to this course and impressed by its caliber. Built by volunteers in 1991

Okemah, OK Golf Courses

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on July 14, 1912

Okemah, OK Famous People


Crystal Theater, 1921 - 2000

When the Crystal Theatre was remodeled in 1931, it was modeled after Tulsa'

Okemah, OK Theatres

Things to do near Okemah, OK

Rock Island Depot / Transportation Museum

Headquartered in the restored Rock Island Depot, The Chickasha Antique Auto Club maintains a transportation museum to the pre...

BelMar Golf Club

This brand-new 18 hole golf course is as Native Oklahoma as you can get! The luxurious clubhouse features a spectacular over ...

Lake Carl Blackwell

"Best fishing & hospitality in the country!"

Hargis Tool Museum

Unique collection of antique woodworking tools....