Nowata County, OK

Nowata CountyMany millions of years ago a shallow sea receded from Oklahoma leaving swamps and barren land. In the area of Nowata County, these swamps formed depostis of coal and petroleum forming the basis for exonomic development in the 1900s. Nowata County history, like that of much of Oklahoma, is tied to Native Americans, cattle, oil and outlaws.

Osage Indians were living in the area in the 1700's and early 1800's. Without the consent of the Osage, from 1817 to 1830, the Cherokee Indians who were forced out of their lands east of the Mississippi were given possession to most of northeastern Oklahoma, obtaining all the area of what was to become Nowata County. The Cherokees and Osage fought a number of battles over their differences until, in 1838, a band of Cherokees and Delawares attacked the Osage in the Claremore Mounds Massacre. The remaining Osage fled into Kansas. The tribe later moved near Bartlesville then into Osage County in 1871 and 1872. The Deleware Indian Tribe came to the area in 1867 when the tribe was forced off its lands in the Lawrence, Kansas area following the Civil War.

Notawa County has a population approaching 10,000, with Nowata being the county seat and largest city at approximately 3900 citizens.

Rich in heritage from the Indian culture to the wild and woolly oil boom days, Nowata County is still rich in hometown folks that welcome you to visit, tour, or call the area home.

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Outdoor Art

The 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.

Nowata, OK Arts

Glass Mansion

Another 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

Nowata, OK Historic Homes

Woody Crumbo Mural

Located 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

Nowata, OK Arts

Courthouse and War Memorial

The 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

Nowata, OK Historic Courthouses

Nowata County Historical Museum

Your 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

Nowata, OK Museums

Campbell Hotel

The 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

Nowata, OK Historic Hotels

Clark Hardware

Having been in business since 1938, Clark Hardware was originally located in the Old Farmers Supply Building. In 1949

Nowata, OK Historic Buildings

Nowata Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 365

Nowata, OK Golf Courses

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