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Encyclopedia > Muskogee, Oklahoma
Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Official seal of Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
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Location within the state of Oklahoma
Location within the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°44′48″N 95°22′5″W / 35.74667, -95.36806
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Muskogee
Government
 - Mayor Wren Stratton
Area
 - Total 38.8 sq mi (100.4 km²)
 - Land 37.3 sq mi (96.7 km²)
 - Water 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km²)
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 38,310 (city proper)
 - Density 1,025.9/sq mi (396.1/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 74401-74403
Area code(s) 918
FIPS code 40-50050GR2
GNIS feature ID 1095717GR3
Website: http://www.cityofmuskogee.com/

Muskogee is a city in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Muskogee CountyGR6. The population was 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh largest city in Oklahoma. Image File history File links Seal_of_muskogee. ... Image File history File links OKMap-doton-Muskogee. ... For other uses, see Oklahoma (disambiguation). ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... For other uses, see Oklahoma (disambiguation). ... Map of Oklahoma counties This is a list of the seventy-seven counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... Muskogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area code 918 is the telephone area code serving the state of Oklahoma. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Muskogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... For other uses, see Oklahoma (disambiguation). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Muskogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ...

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History

19th Century History

Muskogee first received recognition when in 1805 US President Thomas Jefferson addressed the United States Congress seconding the recommendation of Meriwether Lewis that a trading post be established near the modern day city. French fur traders had already existed in the area for some time before the American acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase. The French were believed to have established a temporary village near Muskogee in 1806, but the first permanent settlement was established in 1817 on the south bank of the Verdigris River, north of Muskogee. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Meriwether Lewis (August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809) was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Corps of Discovery, whose mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase. ... For the musical, see Louisiana Purchase (musical) and Louisiana Purchase (film). ... The Verdigris River is a tributary of the Arkansas River in southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma in the United States. ...


After the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Five Civilized Tribes were relocated from their homes in the south to Indian Territory through the Trail of Tears. Of the five tribes, the Cherokee and Creek tribes established settlements near Muskogee, with the town being incorporated into both Indian Nations. The Creeks, recognizing the economic value of the location, made Muskogee the Capital of the Creek Nation in 1836. The Indian Removal Act, part of a U.S. government policy known as Indian Removal, was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830. ... The Five Civilized Tribes is the term applied to five Native American nations, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole, considered civilized by white Anais because they had adopted many of the colonists customs (including the ownership of plantations and black slaves) and had generally good relations with their neighbors. ... Indian Territory in 1836 Indian Country redirects here. ... For the Norwegian musical group, see Trail of Tears (band). ... For other uses, see Cherokee (disambiguation). ... The Creek are an American Indian people originally from the southeastern United States, also known by their original name Muscogee (or Muskogee), the name they use to identify themselves today. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ...


Following the American Civil War, renewed interest was created in western expansion. The United States Federal government allowed railroads to be built on Indian soil for the first time. In 1872, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was extended to this area. In 1889, recognizing Muskogee’s growing economic and political value, a United States federal court was established at the city. This was the first federal court that exercised jurisdiction in Indian Territory that was actually located within the Territory. Before this point, all jurisdiction had been given to the federal court located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (known as the MKT, or Katy) began as the Union Pacific Railway, Southern Branch (unrelated to the Union Pacific Railroad) in 1865. ... Indian Territory in 1836 Indian Country redirects here. ... Fort Smith is a city situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers. ...


With the establishment of a federal court, Indian Territory was opened to white settlers via land runs. Cherokee Strip land run Land run (sometimes land rush) usually refers to a historical event in which previously-restricted land of the Indian people was stolen for homesteading on a first arrival basis. ...


Modern history

Modern day Muskogee’s official founding was in 1876, even though settlements had existed in the area for decades before under the same name. Also, it was not until 1888 that a non-citizen of Indian Territory could legally own land in this area. Even though Muskogee sat at the intersection of three rivers and offered vast fertile farm lands, the town remained relatively quiet for the first years following its founding.


Muskogee made a turn towards prominence when an Ohio native, Charles N. Haskell moved to the city. When Haskell arrived in March of 1901, he found it a quiet town of over four thousand people. Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. ...


However, immediately on his arrival, the town took new life. Business blocks were constructed with Haskell building the first five-story business block in Oklahoma Territory. Haskell organized and built most of the railroads running into that city. He built and owned fourteen brick buildings in the city. Through his influence, Muskogee grew to be a center of business and industry with a population of over twenty thousand inhabitants in a matter of years. Haskell often told others that he hoped Muskogee would become the "Queen City of the Southwest."


Many of Muskogee's streets in the downtown district still show their original brick composition. Buildings dating back to the Haskell era abut modern architecture.

Image:MuskogeeCourtHouse.jpg
Muskogee Courthouse

As Muskogee’s economic and business importance grew, so did its political power. When the Civilized Tribes met together in order to propose an Indian State, the State of Sequoyah, they met on August 21, 1905 in Muskogee to draft its constitution, with Muskogee to serve as the State's capital. Vetoed by US President Theodore Roosevelt, the proposed State of Sequoyah did not receive federal recognition. Instead, the State of Oklahoma was admitted to the Union on November 16, 1907 as the 46th State. The State of Sequoyah was the proposed name for what proved to be an abortive attempt by Native Americans in the early years of the 20th century to establish a U.S. state in the eastern part of what is now Oklahoma. ... is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Today, Muskogee is an economic center for eastern Oklahoma. With a population of over 38,000, it is the eleventh largest city in the state.


Muskogee operates the Port of Muskogee, which is accessible from the Gulf of Mexico. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the art and culture of the five civilized tribes, as well Honor Heights Park, a World War One memorial park which is world famous for its azaleas and its annual Azalea Festival. During the winter time, people from across all 50 states travel to Muskogee to see Honor Heights transformed into the Garden of Lights, a 132 acre Christmas lights display. Muskogee is also home to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in which great Oklahoma Musicians have been honored since 1997. The Port of Muskogee is a regional port, located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. Category: Ports and harbors of the United States ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes. ... Honor Heights Park (122 acres) is a botanical garden and arboretum located at North Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, Oklahoma. ... Species see text Source: The Rhododendron page, and some research. ... Christmas lights (also sometimes called fairy lights, twinkle lights or holiday lights in the United States) are strands of electric lights used to decorate homes, public/commercial buildings and Christmas trees during the Christmas season. ...


Geography

Muskogee is located at 35°44′48″N, 95°22′5″W (35.746617, -95.368047)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 100.4 km² (38.8 mi²). 96.7 km² (37.3 mi²) of it is land and 3.7 km² (1.4 mi²) of it (3.69%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

The population is one of the most diverse in the state. The population of Muskogee has remained relatively unchanged since the first half of the twentieth century. Twenty-four different nationalities are represented within in the city’s limits as well as 17 non-English languages being spoken as first languages.


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 38,310 people, 15,523 households, and 9,950 families residing in the city. The population density was 396.1/km² (1,026.0/mi²). There were 17,517 housing units at an average density of 181.1/km² (469.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.12% White, 17.90% African American, 12.34% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.57% from other races, and 6.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.28% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 15,523 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,418, and the median income for a family was $33,358. Males had a median income of $28,153 versus $20,341 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,351. About 14.6% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Crime

According to the July 2, 2006 edition of the Tulsa World, Muskogee's homicide rate was the highest in the state five times from 1997 to 2005, and it tied with Tulsa one other year. The report from the Tulsa World was controversial, coming during a time when Tulsa's crime rate was skyrocketing, and homicides were nearing record numbers. The Tulsa World is the daily newspaper for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the second-most widely circulated newspaper in the state, after The Oklahoman. ... Downtown Tulsa Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. ... The Tulsa World is the daily newspaper for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the second-most widely circulated newspaper in the state, after The Oklahoman. ...


Points of interest

Honor Heights Park (122 acres) is a botanical garden and arboretum located at North Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, Oklahoma. ... The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes. ... USS Batfish (SS/AGSS-310), a Balao-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the batfish, any of several fishes; a pediculate fish of the West Indies, the flying gurnard of the Atlantic, or a California sting ray. ...

Trivia and noteworthy residents

Muskogee was commemorated in the 1969 Merle Haggard song "Okie from Muskogee". Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... Okie from Muskogee is an American country music song performed by its co-writer, Merle Haggard. ...

This article is about the American actor. ... Leo Kottke (born on 11 September 1945 in Athens, Georgia, USA, North America) is an acoustic guitarist. ... ((attention)) Article title is . ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... William Andrew Drew Edmondson (born October 12, 1946), is an American lawyer and politician from Oklahoma. ... James E. Edmondson (born 1945), is currently a Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. ... Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. ... Les Walrond (born November 7, 1976 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a current pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Chicago Cubs. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Joe Rector was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the heart of Indian country. ... The Creek are an American Indian people originally from the southeastern United States, also known by their original name Muscogee (or Muskogee), the name they use to identify themselves today. ... For other uses, see Seminole (disambiguation). ... George Faught is an American businessman and Republican politician from Oklahoma. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... A real estate developer (American English) or property developer (British English) makes improvements of some kind to real property, thereby increasing its value. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert E. Lavender (born July 19, 1926) is currently a Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and was appointed to the Courts District 1 seat by Governor Henry Bellmon in 1966, and was retained by the voters later that year and subsequently in 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990, and 1996. ... The Supreme Court of Oklahoma is one of the highest judicial body in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and leads the judicial branch of the Oklahoma state government. ... Thomas Ryan (November 25, 1837 – April 5, 1914) was a nineteenth century politician and lawyer from Kansas. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... 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For the Australian cricketer nicknamed Dizzy, see Jason Gillespie. ... Charles Ellsworth Russell, much better known by his nickname Pee Wee Russell, (27 March 1906 - 15 February 1969) was a jazz musician. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Cover of a Barney Kessel album. ... Jammal Brown (born March 30, 1981 in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA) is an American football left tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He attended the University of Oklahoma. ... Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American author, journalist, humorist, and commentator. ...

External links

Coordinates: 35.746617° N 95.368047° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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