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Okmulgee County District Court
314 West 7th St.
, OK 74447

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Okmulgee County and the surrounding areas were settled by members of the Creek Nation starting in the 1820s, both through treaties and forced removals over the " Trail of Tears  ." The historic Creek Council House in downtown Okmulgee dates to 1878. Indian Territory, as eastern Oklahoma was known prior to statehood in 1907, was settled by Indians removed from their homes in the eastern US. Non-Indians residing in Indian Territory prior to 1907 were registered on "intruder roles", although many slipped though the administrative rules, especially in more populated areas.

Okmulgee County was home to one of Oklahoma's early all-black towns, established under a separatist philosophy espoused by Booker T. Washington. Wild Cat (or Wildcat), later known as Grayson, was one of twenty five such towns established in Indian Territory. According to the Muskogee Cemiter , there were approximately 1,000 inhabitants in this thriving community as of 1905. 1 As with all of the black towns in Oklahoma, the population dwindled over the years. There remain but 64 inhabitants as of the 1994 estimated census.

Okmulgee and its neighboring counties experienced an oil boom in the late 1910s and 1920s, swelling the population of the county seat to the second largest in the state. Many of Okmulgee's downtown area buildings date from this period. An effort is underway to preserve this downtown architecture .

1 Tolson, Arthur L., The Black Oklahomans, A History: 1541-1972 . Edwards printing Co., New Orleans, LA, 1972., pp. 102



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