Nowata County, Oklahoma
built in 1912, J. W. ROBERTS, architect, is an historic site.
During the years of the gold rush in California, many Cherokees went
to California in search of gold. Most of the later Cherokee parties
met at the Grand Saline to organize their expeditions. Crossing the
Neosho (Grand) River at this point, they traveled in a northwestern
direction through Mayes, Rogers and Nowata counties, on through Kansas.
This road, known as the Cherokee Trail, continued north through Colorado;
west through Wyoming, Utah and on to California. In the northern part
of Nowata County, the name of California creek is still a reminder of
the time, oh so many years ago when emigrants traveled the California
trail in this section.
Cherokee Bill robbed Nowata Oklahoma train station December 31, 1894
Crawford "Cherokee Bill" Goldsby
History of Nowata County from
John D. Benedict book.