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The first convention to advocate single statehood for Oklahoma was called to order September, 30, 1893, in the old Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South of Purcell by William H. Walker, editor of the PURCELL REGISTER newspaper, who was one of the first advocates for single statehood. Resolutions passed by the group favored single statehood, instead of dual INDIAN TERRITORY and OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. It wasn't until 14 years later that OKLAHOMA became a state. A model of the church is located in the McClain County Museum.

The event and site was approved as a "Historical Event and Site" by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1990 and plans were made by the McClain County Historical Society to celebrate the event on Statehood Day in 1991.

An autumn rose granite marker was placed at the corner of the Court House lawn.


Address: Second and Washington Streets

Come visit us in Purcell, Oklahoma

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Santa Fe Plaza and "Star" Memorial

The Santa Fe Plaza is a downtown park providing a scenic and historic rest stop with benches and interesting historic items to browse around and see. A genuine Santa Fe Caboose stands in the park and a "Statehood Star Memorial" is laid in the sidewalk at the front of the park.

Purcell, OK Memorials

Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course

Purcell's 18-hole Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course is among the top municipal courses in Oklahoma. The 18-hole course has Bent Grass greens with Bermuda Grass fairways. This club has hosted the Heart of Oklahoma golf tournament annually since 1985. It includes a signature number-14

Purcell, OK Golf Courses

Historic Hotel Love

The sixty-three room Hotel Love was constructed in 1895 and opened for business in March of 1896. The Purcell Register, a territorial newspaper, reported that the building was "by far the finest hotel in the Chickasaw Nation and has but one equal in the territory ... one at Muskogee."

Purcell, OK Historic Hotels



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Statehood Convention Marker

The first convention to advocate single statehood for Oklahoma was called to order September, 30, 1893, in the old Trinity Me...