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Location: in community of Brooksville
Brooksville 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. Brooksville had a post office from 1909 to 1955 and is named for the first postmaster, Alfred H. Brooks.
Home on the Range
Location: on OK-18 in Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee
Dr. Brewster Higley died in Shawnee in 1911, several years before his song, "Home on the Range," was declared an American frontier ballad. The words to the song were first printed in a newspaper in 1873. Dr. Higley never saw a printed copy of the song or received a penny's royalty.
Jim Thorpe Birthplace No. 2
Location: on Pottawatomie County road south of US-62, west of OK-99, southwest of Prague, northeast of the community of Johnson
James Francis Thorpe, a Sac and Fox, was born as Wa-tho-huck or "bright path." He dominated the 1912 Olympics, winning both the decathlon and pentathlon events. He played major league baseball and professional football. He was the first president of the National Football League and is a member of Professional Football Hall of Fame. The Associated Press voted him the world's greatest male athlete of the first half of the twentieth century.
Location: on OK-99 north of North Canadian River
After the land run into the Sac and Fox Reservation on September 22, 1891, the Keokuk Falls town site became an important settlement in Indian Territory. The boomtown boasted two distilleries and many saloons.
Leroy Gordon Cooper
Location: on Hy 177 north of Shawnee and Tecumseh
Leroy Cooper was one of the first seven American astronauts named in 1959. He flew one of the early missions into space aboard Faith 7 in 1963. His 22 orbits around the earth became the longest space flight at that time in history. Cooper died in 2004.
Louise Fluke Memorial
Location: at 614 East Main, Shawnee
Louise Funk Fluke (1900–1986), designer of the State Flag of Oklahoma, was born in Arkansas and raised in Shawnee. She entered the winning flag design in a statewide contest in 1925 through the Wunagisa Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She is buried at Fairview Cemetery.
Sacred Heart Mission
Location: on OK-39, six miles east of Asher
Founded in 1876 by Father Isidore Robot on Potawatomi Indian lands, the mission served both the educational and spiritual needs of the Native Americans in the region. The educational work was eventually transferred to St. Gregory's College in Shawnee.
Shawnee Milling Company
Location: on US-177 in Shawnee
Founded in 1891, the mill moved to its present site at 201 South Broadway in 1895. J. Lloyd Ford purchased the mill in 1906 and was a leader in flour milling in the state for a half century. The mill burned in 1934 but was rebuilt the following year.
Location: on OK-18, two miles south of Shawnee
The Society of Friends founded this mission in 1871 for the Absentee Shawnee Indians. The original log cabin was replaced in 1885. The school closed in 1924 but the property was transferred to the Pottawatomie County Historical Society in 1936.
Location: on campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee (OBHC)
Cortez Stubblefield (1848–1930) was a Baptist pastor and denominational statesman. The building, originally located at 207 North Union Avenue, was moved to its present location in 1963. The Baptist General Convention of Indian Territory, antecedent to the present Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, held its final meeting in the building in 1906.
Location: on grounds of Santa Fe Museum on East Main Street in Shawnee (DAR)
Writer Washington Irving camped near here on his tour of the prairies in 1832.
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