Sequoyah County, Oklahoma History

Almost every grade of land can be found in this county, varying in character and quality from the rough, rocky spurs of the Ozark hills which project across the state line from Arkansas, into the northeastern section of this county, to the very fertile valley of the Arkansas River, which forms its whole southern boundary.

It naturally follows that the diversity of soil makes it possible to produce many kinds of crops. Cotton, corn and potatoes are the staple crops produced, while oats, peanuts, kaffir and vegetables grow abundantly. Until recent years not much attention was paid to raising wheat, but it has been demonstrated that it also can be profitably produced. The rough tracts of land which are unfit for grain products, are well adapted to horticulture. Apples, peaches and strawberries are already being produced, but a more extensive and systematic development of the fruit industry is needed. Land, well-adapted to fruit raising can be bought at very low prices and in the not very distant future, fruit growing will doubtless be one of the leading industries of the county. The mast of the woods and the grass on the hillsides make the raising of hogs and cattle a profitable business. The short, mild winters make it possible to pasture cattle with little or no extra feed, throughout the year.

Sequoyah County is fairly well supplied with railroads, the Kansas City Southern line traversing the county from north to south, and a branch of the Missouri Pacific crossing the county from the northwest to the southeast, thus affording the farmers and merchants convenient transportation facilities in almost every direction.

The Albert Pike Highway, projected from Hot Springs, Ark., to Colorado, passes through this county, and the citizens, especially of Sallisaw, are becoming actively interested in the construction of permanent roads.

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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