Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Muskogee is a city in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Muskogee County,[1] and home to Bacone College. The population was 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh largest city in Oklahoma.

The city's current mayor is John Tyler Hammons, first elected in 2008 at the age of 19.

The 1951 film “Jim Thorpe, All American”, starring Burt Lancaster was filmed on the campus of Bacone Indian College at Muskogee. [2]

Two feature films were recently shot in Muskogee. Salvation was released in 2007 and Denizen was released in 2010. [3]

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History

French fur traders 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 Rio Grande, north of Muskogee.

The Creek Indians relocated to the area after the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Muskogee became the site of the Indian Agency, a two story stone building where the heads of the Five Civilized Tribes met. Today it serves as a museum at the top of Honor Heights, on the west side of Muskogee. In 1872, the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad was extended to the area. A federal court was established in the city in 1889 around the same time that Indian Territory opened up to settlers via land rushes. The city was incorporated on March 19, 1898.[4]

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