Cherokee County, Oklahoma

Cherokee County adjoins Muskogee and Wagoner counties on the east and Adair County on the west. It contains about seven hundred square miles of land of diversified quality. It contains some rocky, hilly land, some upland of medium quality, some open prairie and some fertile river and creek bottom land. With the exception of the limited amount of prairie, this county was formerly heavily timbered, much of the timber, especially along the numerous streams, being still undisturbed. A farmer in search of a home would indeed be hard to please, who could not find a farm here to suit his taste. If he should happen to be a back-woodsman and desires to remain such, he can find a virgin forest home where he can build his own log cabin, with free stone for his chimney and free back-logs for his fireplace. If he were inclined to be lonesome at night, the owls and coyotes may keep him company.

If he be a Northern farmer, he can find suitable soil for his favorite crops of corn, wheat and oats. If he hails from Texas-or Arkansas, he will find land here that will produce cotton, tobacco and goobers. If interested in livestock, he will have no difficulty in finding cheap land suitable for raising cattle and hogs. If he should happen to be a fruit grower from Vermont or Italy, ideal locations for orchards and vineyards can easily be found.

No section of Oklahoma furnishes more sparkling streams of pure water, more bubbling springs or more picturesque scenery than is found in Cherokee County. These fascinating gifts of nature doubtless attracted the eyes of the nature-loving Indians, who wended their way westward from Georgia in search of a new location a hundred years ago, for here they built their first council fires and selected the site of Tahlequah as the future capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Source: Benedict, John D. Muskogee and northeastern Oklahoma, including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. 3 v. illus., ports., facsims. 28 cm. Chicago, S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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