Chickasaw Nation
Capitol Timeline

1853- The seat of government for the Chickasaws was moved from Choctaw country to Tishomingo, site being Good Springs, near Pennington Creek

1855- The Chickasaws legally left the Choctaw Nation to establish their own

1856- The constitution was adopted at Good Springs. Appropriations were made for the construction of a brick two-story court house, a governor's house, and a jail

1858- Completion of the brick two-story court house

1890- The brick court house burned

Nov. 8, 1891- The Chickasaw legislature authorized a bill to construct a new capitol building, on, or near the site of the former capitol building

1896- The legislature appropriated funds for construction of a new capitol building. The new structure would be built of native granite quarried north of Tishomingo. The granite would be transported to Denison, Texas for polishing, and brought back to Tishomingo for construction

1898- Completion and dedication of the new capitol

During Indian Territory days the building was used by the two houses of the Chickasaw legislature, the governor's office, headquarters for the Indian militia, and offices of both the district and court clerk. At times court was held in the building. The structure was sold to Johnston County in 1910

On May 29, 1969, the Oklahoma Historical Society acquired the site and the cover building was erected with space for museum displays. The log Council House (1856-1858) has been restored, as nearly as possible, like it was during the days of the Constitutional Convention of 1856.


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