Muskogee Tourist Attractions
In the town of Muskogee in eastern Oklahoma is the very interesting Five Civilised Tribes Museum, which illustrates the cultures of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chocktaw, Creek and Seminole Indians.Many of the Indian nations had their own "capitals", which now have interesting museums devoted to the cultures of the various tribes: Okmulgee for the Creek Indians, Pawhuska for the Osages, Ponca City for the Poncas, Tahlequah for the Cherokees, Wewoka for the Seminoles.
Ataloa Lodge Museum
The Ataloa Lodge Museum was built in 1932. It is located on the Bacone College campus and houses more than 20,000 American Indian artifacts - one of the finest collections of American Indian art and life-ways in the United States. The collection spans every region of Indigenous America.
Official site: www.bacone.edu/ataloa/
Address: 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, OK 74403-1568, United States
USS Batfish War Memorial Park Museum
The War Memorial Park Museum in Muskogee contains many items related to the USS Batfish a submarine that served in the Second World War. The museum displays battle flags, photographs, artifacts, and models. The museum includes several big guns and a torpedo.
Official site: www.ussbatfish.com
Address: Box 253, Muskogee, OK 74402-0253, United States
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
The Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee is housed in an 1875 Indian Agency building. Exhibits include displays and artifacts depicting the history and culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes.
Official site: www.fivetribes.org
Address: 1101 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, OK 74401, United States
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
The U.S. 62 and the OK 16 closely follow the historic trail (Trail of Tears) from Tahlequah, which the Indians were forced to take when they were driven out, having to suffer the most severe privations.
Official site: www.nps.gov/trte/
Address: National Trails System Office-Santa Fe, Box 728, Santa Fe, OK 87504-0728, United States
Tahlequah (pop. 14,500) is located in east central Oklahoma. The town has been the capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation since 1839 and features several Cherokee government buildings including the 1844 Supreme Court Building, 1867 Cherokee Capitol Building and 1844 Cherokee National Prison.
Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah consists of four separate attractions operated by the Cherokee National Historical Society. The museum houses a permanent Trail of Tears exhibit.
Cherokee National Museum
The Cherokee National Museum in Tahlequah features exhibits including the annual Trail of Tears Art Show and the National Archives (the legal depository of Cherokee Nation documents).The Trail of Tears art show has promoted the development of painting as a way to express Native American Heritage. It was established in 1972.The museum is located in a building designed by Cherokee architect Charles "Chief" Boyd.
Address: Willis Road, Tahlequah, OK 74464, United States
Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village
The Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village is located south of Tahlequah. It recreates the lifestyle of the Cherokees during the 16th century, prior to European contact. Visitors can watch villagers going about their daily routine including preparing food, making arrowheads and weapons, weaving baskets and working with clay, pottery and beads.
Adams Corner Rural Village
Adams Corner is located south of Tahlequah. It is a reconstructed rural community dating from 1875 to 1890, the final years of the Old Cherokee Nation.
The Murrell Home in Park Hill near Tahlequah was built in 1845 by George Murrell, who married the niece of Cherokee Chief, John Ross. During the Civil War, it was the only local building to escape destruction.
Official site: www.okhistory.org/outreach/homes/geomurrell.html
Address: 19479 Murrell Home Road, Park Hill, OK 74451, United States
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