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In 1868, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation confirmed its constitution and established Okmulgee, which means "bubbling waters," as its capital. After a grueling journey on the Trail of Tears, they settled in the Okmulgee area. Many brought their slaves, who would later join the tribe as freedmen after the Civil War and form the beginnings of a thriving African American community. As Okmulgee grew, white traders and settlers arrived in the burgeoning town. A post office was established, and in 1900 the Frisco Railroad line was built. By 1907, statehood loomed and oil fields dotted the landscape. This boom would continue until the Great Depression. World War II brought the construction of the Glennan Military Hospital, which cared for American service members and German prisoners of war from Oklahoma prison camps. Okmulgee's interesting cultural history continues to be preserved today.
ISBN: 9781467115513
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 168
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Beth Kieffer works as an archivist and librarian in Okmulgee. She holds master's degrees in library and information studies and Russian studies. She was born and raised in Tulsa, where she resides with her family. Images of America: Okmulgee contains images selected from the collections of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Cultural Center & Archives, Okmulgee Public Library, and OSU Institute of Technology Archives.
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