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Alice Robertson

Muskogee County
Location: in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee (DAR)
Sponsored by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Topics: Government, Civil Rights, Early Statehood 1907–1941

Alice Robertson, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was Oklahoma's first female member of Congress, elected in 1920 from the Second Congressional District for one term. See Greenhill Cemetery.

Bacone College

Muskogee County
Location: at front entrance of Bacone College in Muskogee (DAR)
Sponsored by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Topics: American Indians, Education, Religion/Philosophy, Territorial Period 1861–1907

Almon C. Bacone founded Bacone College for American Indians in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, in 1880. The school was moved to Muskogee in the Creek Nation in 1885. It is affiliated with the American Baptist Church and is the oldest college continually in operation in Oklahoma.

Bake Oven

Muskogee County
Location: at the Fort Gibson Historic Site
Topics: Military, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Transportation, Social/Cultural

This brick oven was constructed with the new bakery erected at Fort Gibson about 1863 to supply the garrison with fresh bread.

Battle of Honey Springs

Muskogee County
Location: on US-69, south of Oktaha
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Military, Government, Transportation, Indian and Frontier Trade, Territorial Period 1861–1907

This battlefield east of the marker, beginning near the south edge of Oktaha, extends south over the countryside more than two and a half miles to Honey Springs on Elk Creek, located south of the Muskogee County line in McIntosh County. Beautiful, clear flowing Honey Springs can be seen about one and a half miles east and north of Rentiesville, McIntosh County. On a rise of ground several hundred feet north of the springs was a Confederate commissary depot where large stores of flour, pork, and other supplies in a big warehouse were destroyed by the Confederate troops to keep them from falling into the hands of the enemy.

Cherokee National Cemetery

Muskogee County
Location: on East Poplar Street in Fort Gibson
Material: Aluminum
Topics: American Indians, Social/Cultural, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Territorial Period 1861–1907, G

Before the Civil War, the Cherokees designated the cemetery as a national cemetery. The Cherokee Nation maintained the cemetery until 1906 when it was transferred to the town of Fort Gibson. Cherokee Principal Chief William P. Ross and other tribal leaders are buried here.

Fort Davis

Muskogee County
Location: on OK-16, one mile north of Bacone College
Topics: Military, Government, Territorial Period 1861–1907

Brigadier General Albert Pike established this frontier post in November of 1861 to house Confederate forces. It was named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis who had served in present-day Oklahoma in his army career. Union forces completely destroyed the heavily fortified post two days after Christmas in 1862.

Fort Gibson

Muskogee County
Location: on OK-80 in Fort Gibson
Topics: Military, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Settlement Patterns

Fort Gibson has a long and colorful history. The first post was erected by Colonel Matthew Arbuckle in 1824 and named for the head of the army's commissary department. At the time, it was the westernmost fort built by the military to guard the western frontier.

Fort Gibson

Muskogee County
Location: on US-62 east of Fort Gibson
Topics: Military, Government, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Settlement Patterns, American Indians

In the twenty-six years before the Civil War, more than a hundred West Point graduates served at Fort Gibson, including Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1841, the post was headquarters of Brigadier General and later President Zachary Taylor. Known as Fort Blunt and occupied by federal troops during the Civil War, the post was abandoned in 1890. See Fort Gibson.

Fort Gibson

Muskogee County
Location: in city of Fort Gibson
Topics: Mass Communication, American Indians, Territorial Period 1861–1907

The first commercial long distance telephone line in Oklahoma was built here by a group of Cherokees in 1886, connecting Fort Gibson with Tahlequah and Muskogee.

Fountain Church

Muskogee County
Location: on US-69, three miles north of the Arkansas River north of Muskogee
Topics: Religion/Philosophy

The church was formerly known as Ebenezer Church.

Greenhill Cemetery

Muskogee County
Location: at intersection of York and North Streets in Musgokee
Topics: Social/Cultural, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Government

Greenhill Cemetery began in 1894 and moved to its present location in 1904 when town leaders contributed 250 acres to be used as the town's official burial site. The cemetery is the final resting place for Oklahoma's first governor, Charles Haskell; Oklahoma's first congresswoman, Alice Robertson; and Alexander Posey, newspaperman and poet laureate of the Creek Indians.

John Martin

Muskogee County
Location: at intersection of Elm and Jackson Streets in Fort Gibson
Topics: American Indians, Government

John Martin, a Cherokee Indian who was the first chief justice of the first supreme court established in the Cherokee Nation, is buried here.

La Harpe's Council

Muskogee County
Location: on US-64 south of Haskell city limits
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Government, Empire Period 1541–1803, American Indians

First peace council and alliance between a European government and Oklahoma Indian tribes occurred here in 1719 when French explorer Bernard de la Harpe explored the area.

Montford Stokes

Muskogee County
Location: in Fort Gibson (DAR)
Sponsored by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Topics: Military, American Indians, Government, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Empire Period 1541–1803

A former governor of North Carolina and an Indian agency, Montford Stokes died at Fort Gibson in 1842, the only Revolutionary War soldier buried in Oklahoma.

Powder Magazine

Muskogee County
Location: at the Fort Gibson Historic Site
Topics: Military, Westward Expansion 1803–1861

Erected to provide storage space for the gunpowder and ammunition used by the troops stationed at the post, this building was constructed about 1842.

Red Bird

Muskogee County
Location: in community of Red Bird
Topics: Ethnic Diversity, Urban Development, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Early Statehood 1907–1941, Gove

Red Bird is one of thirteen All-Black towns, out of more than fifty that once existed, remaining in Oklahoma. While Tullahassee is reportedly the oldest, most were established between 1889 and 1907 as African Americans sought security and control of their own destiny in a segregated world. Most of the towns began to decline in the 1920s and 1930s as rural African Americans faced economic hardships and began to move to urban areas. Red Bird was established with a post office in June 1902.

State's Earliest Oil Refinery

Muskogee County
Location: at south city limits of Muskogee
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Industry/Business, Petroleum, Natural Resources, Territorial Period 1861–1907

Muskogee Oil Refining Company, organized in March 1905, built a "finishing plant" near this site in November 1904. It soon was producing lamp kerosene, lubricating oil and industrial fuel—the beginning of oil refining in Oklahoma, a leading industry today.


Muskogee County
Location: in community of Summit
Topics: Government, Mass Communication, Transportation, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Environmental/Cultu

Summit, the highest point on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad between the Arkansas River and the North Canadian River, was established with a post office in 1896.


Muskogee County
Location: in town of Taft; see Red Bird
Topics: Government, Urban Development, Ethnic Diversity, Social/Cultural, Education, Recreational/Servic

Taft was initially named Twine after an early-day resident, editor, and activist W. H. Twine. The name was changed to Taft in 1904 to honor William Howard Taft, secretary of war and later president of the United States. Taft was home to several state-operated facilities for the state's African American population, including the Industrial Institute for the Deaf, Blind, and Orphans of the Colored Race, State Training School for Negro Girls, and State Hospital for the Negro Insane.

Texas Road

Muskogee County
Location: on OK-16 near Verdigris River Bridge (DAR)
Sponsored by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Topics: Transportation, Indian and Frontier Trade, American Indians

This marker commemorates the Old Texas Road, the oldest road in Oklahoma; Three Forks, the oldest trading post in Oklahoma; and the site of the first Creek and Osage Indian agencies on the banks of the Verdigris River.

Thomas-Foreman Home

Muskogee County
Location: at 1419 North Okmulgee in Muskogee
Topics: Family/Household, Government, Military, Social/Cultural

Residence was built by John R. Thomas, a federal judge and former congressman from Illinois. He was known as the father of the United States Navy for his congressional work to increase the size of the American navy. His daughter, Carolyn Thomas, married his law partner, Grant Foreman, and they lived out their lives in the home. The Foremans were outstanding authorities on the history of Oklahoma and the Five Civilized Tribes.


Muskogee County
Location: in community of Tullahassee; see Red Bird
Material: Granite
Topics: American Indians, Education, Religion/Philosophy, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Ethnic Diversity,

Tullahassee, a Creek word meaning "old town," now occupies the site of Tullahassee Mission, established in the Creek Nation in 1850 by Reverend Robert M. Loughridge under the auspices of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. After the mission burned and was abandoned, Creek freedmen moved to the area, receiving a post office in 1899.

Union Agency

Muskogee County
Location: on Honor Heights (Agency) Hill next to Veterans Administration hospital in Muskogee
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Recreational/Service, Social/Cultural, Government, Territorial Period 1861–1907, American India

Now housing the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, this original Union Agency building was constructed in 1875 by the federal government to oversee the affairs of the Five Civilized Tribes. Cornerstone was laid by members of the Masonic Lodge, believed to be the first Masonic cornerstone laying in Oklahoma.

Webbers Falls

Muskogee County
Location: on US-64 at west end of the Arkansas River Bridge
Material: Originally aluminum, now granite
Topics: American Indians, Indian and Frontier Trade, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Water, Transportation, N

Western Cherokee Chief Walter Webber established a trading post here in 1829. The falls on the Arkansas were reportedly six feet high in 1806, sufficient to block travel for river steamers. The village of Webbers Falls was burned by federal troops in the Civil War in April 1863.

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