Stories abound as to the origin of the name Nowata. One opinion is that two railroad surveyors took the suggestion of an educated Delaware Indian woman, "Noweta" meaning "welcome." Others say a Georgian exploring the area found no water at some springs and posted a sign "No Wata" to warn other travelers. Created at statehood, Nowata County took its name from the county seat of Nowata. In 1904, when oil and gas were discovered, Nowata County became known as the world's largest shallow oil field. Today, the county is principally agricultural, with cattle products accounting for more than half of the farm income and wheat as the second leading revenue source. The Nowata County Courthouse is a historic site and the Verdigris River and other streams provide recreational and fishing opportunities. Nowata County History by Herb Couch offers more information about the area. Annual events include Bedlam Day in May, Nowata Powwow in October, Wild Turkey Festival in March, and the citywide Garage Sale in August. Location: Nowata County is in northeastern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 45.6 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 40.6 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 79.6 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Nowata Distances: Nowata to: Bartlesville - 21 miles Tulsa - 52 miles Land Area: 581 square miles with three major streams and a major lake in the south

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