Oklahomas first Toll Road

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time This information was in the June 28, 1953 Claremore Progress.Submitted by:  Claremore Museum of History FIRST TOLL ROAD IN OKLAHOMA             It was about 1916 that the commissioners of Rogers County issued permission to a Broken Arrow man to operate and maintain a toll road… Read More


Andy Payne Track

This article appeared in the June 28, 1953 Claremore Progress by Bill Waller, Progress News Editor. Claremore History: The Great Bunion Derby         In March, 1928, the great Bunion Derby, a footrace across the United States, began in California, and Andrew Payne, the local entry, took off walking east with the rest of them.  A… Read More


J. M. Davis Museum Claremore Opening

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time    J.M. DAVIS GUN COLLECTION GREW FROM $1.50 GIFT PISTOL TO LARGEST INDIVIDUAL ASSORTMENT IN WORLD             Editor’s note:  The following feature story was written by Martha Kay Malone, senior journalism student at Claremore High School.  Mrs. Sallie McGinnis, journalism instructor, brought to the Progress… Read More


Cheif Journeycake

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time.  This story was published in The Ranchman magazine July 1952. Written by Myron A. Hurd.  Remembering: Delaware Chief, Charles Journeycake         This is a story about a good Indian Chief and a good Christian, peace-loving man.  He was Charles Journeycake, last chief of the… Read More


Sequoyah Cherokee Alphabet

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time   EDUCATION AMONG THE CHEROKEES IN ROGERS COUNTY                                              The formal education of the Cherokee people began with the invention of their alphabet by Sequoyah in 1821.  The Bible and newspapers were published in their own language, and illiteracy was practically unknown among the… Read More


Dr Jesse C. Bushyhead Claremore

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time   Dr. Jesse C. Bushyhead – The Beloved Physician  By Myron A. Hurd   Published in the September 1949 Ranchman magazine             “I don’t like Doctor Bushyhead.”  Young Viv Ross blurted out one day to his mother, Mrs. Nellie Ross of Claremore.  Mrs. Ross was astonished. … Read More


Will Rogers Library

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time   THE OLD WILL ROGERS LIBRARY             The Rogers County Historical Society has accomplished preserving another building in this great city.  It has become the Claremore Museum of History.  The primary goal of this Museum is to excite and educate citizens and visitors about Claremore… Read More


Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world’s best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee… Read More


Oliver Lipe "Oowala"

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time THE STORY OF “OOWALA” IN COOWEESCOOWEE DISTRICT Oowala is the name of a community and the name of a Claremore street, but behind the name is the story of a family and a pioneer of the area which now comprises Rogers County.  The following history of… Read More


Claremore Oklahoma Before Statehood

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. Claremore got its beginnings when Chief Glahmo led his tribe of Osage Indians from Missouri in 1802. He soon established a fur trading post along the Verdigris River. The trading post sat atop a 25 acre mound which came to be known as Clermont, a French word meaning “clear mountain.” Over… Read More


Lynn Riggs Claremore

 Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. The stage curtains part as the melodic cowboy song, “Oh!  What A Beautiful Morning” captures the moment, and the audience is magically taken back to 1900 to a place in Oklahoma, a farm near Claremore. The playwright, Lynn Riggs, included 11 of the cowboy and folk songs he… Read More


Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time.     They were good looking, graceful and quick. Standing tall at heights of six to seven feet, their limbs were well proportioned to their bodies. The Osages were a united people although they formed into bands. The people selected their band chief, and those who… Read More


Jean Pierre Chouteau

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time Jean Pierre Chouteau “The Father of Oklahoma”               Early explorers crisscrossed Northeast Oklahoma, but did not give a thought that this land might be a great place to live.  Jean Pierre Chouteau carved his name in Oklahoma history by establishing a trading post along the… Read More