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Baptists at Cowlington
Location: on US-59 south of Sallisaw near junction with OK-9 (OBHC)
A Baptist church organized in a brush arbor here in 1837. This church and seven other churches formed the Short Mountain Association in 1844, the first and oldest Anglo Baptist Association in Oklahoma.
Location: on US-64 east of Vian at junction with road to Marble City
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions purchased and used the site as a base for missionary work. Reverend Cephas Washburn built a school for the Cherokees here in 1828, a successor to a school he founded in Arkansas. For four decades, Washburn provided educational leadership among the Cherokees.
Entering Indian Territory
Location: on US-64 west of Arkansas border at Moffett
Material: Originally aluminum, now granite
The first highway in Oklahoma, fifty-six miles from Fort Smith to Fort Gibson, was completed in 1827.
Location: on OK-101, eleven miles northeast of Sallisaw
Built in the 1830s, this log cabin served as home to George Guess, also known as Sequoyah, the developer of the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah is considered one of the great leaders in American Indian education because of the development of a written language for the Cherokees.
Location: on US-64, two miles east of Gore
In 1829, the village became the western capital of the Cherokees. Sam Houston often visited the area in trade missions into Indian Territory and was given the name "The Raven" by Cherokee leaders.
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