Tahlequah Travel Guide

  • Female Seminary Building
    Female Seminary Building
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    Cherokee Heritage Center
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  • Capitol of the Cherokee Nation
    Capitol of the Cherokee Nation
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  • The Bacone House

    One of the oldest buildings in Tahlequah, the Bacone House was built in 1867, shortly after the end of the American Civil War. It is noteworthy both from a historic as well as architectural standpoint.The building house the Indian University at Tahlequah, which moved to Muskogee in 1885 and has evolved into Bacone College. Currently, the building...

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  • Northeastern State University

    Northeastern State University, originally founded by the Cherokee Nation as the Tahlequah Female Seminary, in 1891, is the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River. It offers degrees in 69 areas of study, and boasts the highest Native American enrollment of any university in America.Being...

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  • Ivy-Duncan-Dannenburg Home

    The Ivy-Duncan-Dannenburg Home, also known as the Jim Duncan Home, sits on Brookside, just across the street from the city park. It was built, Circa. 1888, by Augustus Ivey, a prominent Tahlequah businessman, and was sold to the James Duncan family. Mr. Duncan was a land surveyor, a teacher, and a farmer. In the front lawn of the home is a...

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  • Brookside Park

    This beautiful park stretches for several blocks along Town Creek in Tahlequah. It roughly parallels Muskogee Street, the main street of town, and runs about three blocks to the east of it.The park has picnic areas and playgrounds, and is a great place to just relax on a park bench or take a stroll. There is also a small but pretty waterfall....

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  • Seminary Hall at NSU

    The Cherokee Nation has always placed a preminum on education. In 1846 the Cherokee National Council aurhorized the establishment of two institutions of higher learning, the Cherokee National Male Seminary and the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Both schools were opened in 1851. Over the years these two schools have grown and evolved to become...

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  • Bedwell Home

    This home was built by William Alston in 1906. It was later owned by D. R. Bedwell, a biology professor at the local Northeastern State University.The two story frame house is of the Free Classic subset of the Queen subset of the Queen Anne school, also called the Carpenter Gothic style, popular from 1870-1910. This style of house lacks the...

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  • Powell -Antoine House

    The quaint Powell-Antoine Home was built in 1905 on land once owned by Cherokee Chief Downing. The street in front of the house is named for him. This is another historic house on the walking tour that is built in the Victorian Style, evidenced by the wrap around porches and spindle work. Other interesting characteristics of this house are the...

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  • Carnegie Library of Tahlequah

    In 1805, two years before Oklahoma was admitted to the Union as the 47th state, this library was built, financed in part by a grant of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie. It is still an active library today, although a modern new addition has been added.Andrew Carnegie, an industrialist and philanthropist, gave millions of dollars from his vast wealth to...

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  • Johnson Thompson Home

    The Johnson Thompson House, built in 1880, was the residence of the wealthy Tahlequah merchant who also built the two earlier homes on the tour, for his son and daughter. It is in yet another style than the previous two houses, the Italianate Style, which was popular from the 1840s to the mid-1880s. The style featured a low-pitched roof with...

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  • Jane Anna French Home

    This ornate old house, built in 1889, was the home of the daughter of Johnson Thompson, whose home is next on the tour. It's design was influenced by several different styles.The brick and symmetry were borrowed from the Federal Style(1780-1820). Decorative quoining on the outside corners of the house was added from the Renaissance period. The home...

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  • The Dr. J. M. Thomspson House

    The Thompson House was built in 1882 by Johnson Thompson, a wealthy Tahlequah merchant, for his son Dr. Joseph M. Thompson, health officer for the Cherokees and a private practicing pyhysician. The house is of the Queen Anne style, which was the dominant style of residential buildings built during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Queen Anne homes...

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  • Tahlequah Tourist Information Center

    Just to the north, and across the street from the Old Cherokee Capitol is the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce and a Tourist Information Center. This is an ideal place to get brochures and maps about Tahlequah and Cherokee county. Although the place was open on my visit, I saw no one there. From the free literature rack I picked up a Tahlequah...

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  • Cherokee National Jail

    Built in 1874, this sandstone structure originally had three stories, and a gallows on the west side. When Oklahoma became a state, it became the Cherokee County Jail, and continued in use for a century. In the late 1970s, a more modern jail was built and now the old one stands vacant. It can be seen on the Walking Tour of Historic Tahlequah.

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  • Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Building

    Even before the Cherokee Capitol Building was constructed, this brick structure was erected in 1844, as home of the Cherokee National Supreme Court. It is the oldest public building still standing in Oklahoma. Both the Cherokee Supreme Court and District Courts convened here. The building is currently in process of being restored. The Cherokee...

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  • The Old Cherokee Capitol

    After the Cherokees arrived and settled in this area the Cherokee Council first met under a large shed in 1839, then later in log buildings. This Capitol building was constructed shortly after the Civil War, in which the Cherokee Nation had been a strong ally to the Confederate States of America. The Building was finished between 1867 and 1869.When...

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  • Eat with the Locals

    Virtually every small town in America has a downtown storefront cafe where the local folks gather and eat. I drove into Tahlequah to the Cherokee Square at 8 a.m. and immediately sighted this place, directly across from the Cherokee Capitol. It was the perfect spot for Breakfast.The service was fast and friendly; the breakfast was inexpensive and...

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  • All You Can Eat

    Big Pizza Buffet is next door to the Super Inn & Suites and was recommended to me by the people there. I walked over from my room and had dinner.The restaurant offers a buffet of salad, pizza and a few related items. Frankly, it was far from being the best pizza I have ever eaten, but it was convenient and the price was right, at only $3.95, plus...

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Tahlequah Nightlife

  • by ogre6565 Written Nov 15, 2007

    This is a great spot for 18 and over people looking to have a great time on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday Nights. Playing the latest in Top 40 dance music and great beer specials every night. Monday; $5 All You Can Drink, Wednesday; Ladies Night/.50 Longnecks For The Guys, Friday: $5 All You Can Drink, Saturday; $1 Longnecks. It was a great enviroment to just sit and chill or dance and have fun. The clientel was basically college age being that NSU is the university in town. Would definately reccomend it to anyone.

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Tahlequah Local Customs

  • Home of the Sequoyah High School Indians

    It never ceases to amaze me how bleeding-heart liberal activists - mostly Anglo-Saxons - decry the use of "Indians" being the nickname of sports teams. At the same time the majority of Native Americans not only are not offended by such usage, but consider it an honor. In Oklahoma, with the largest American Indian population of any state in the...

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  • The Cherokee Language

    Only about 5% of Cherokees today speak their original language. This is due largely to the unenlightened minds of a bygone era in American History, when it was illegal for the Cherokees to bring up their children speaking their native tongue. Many Cherokee children were taken from their homes and placed in foster care with English speaking families...

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Tahlequah Off The Beaten Path

  • Pillars from Original Seminary Buildings

    You might have to search a bit in the park-like wooded lawn in front of Seminary Hall on the NSU campus to find these interesting pillars. They are made of brick taken from the original buildings of the Cherokee National Male Seminary (1851-1910) and the Cherokee National Female Seminary (1851-1887). The old buildings stood in Park Hill, about...

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  • The First Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma...

    This Masonic Lodge, a stone structure standing on the street behind the Old Tahlequah Jail marks the spot of the first Masonic Lodge in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. The lodge was established in 1848, and first met in the Cherokee National Supreme Court Building. This old lodge building dates back to 1939. I am not a Mason and have no first...

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  • Cherokee Phoenix

    The first American Indian newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, was published at the old Cherokee Capital in New Echota Georgia. Made possible by Sequoyah's "Talking Leaves," the first issue rolled off the press in, both Cherokee and English, on February 28, 1828. The first editor was Elias Boudinot (Buck Oowatie), who had been educated at Cornwall,...

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  • The Cherokees and the Confederacy

    This monument, placed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, stands directly in front of the Cherokee National Capitol building. It is a reminder that the Cherokee Nation was an ally to the Confederate States of America during the War Between the States. Although the war was waged several decades before Oklahoma became a state, the...

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  • First Telephone Service in Oklahoma

    This small monument on the grounds of the Cherokee Capitol Building, commemorates the fact that Tahlaqueh was the site of the first telephone service in the Oklahoma Territory. When telephones were installed here in February, 1885, it was the first telephone service in the Mississippi Valley, west of St. Louis.What I found interesting about this is...

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