Named for a Creek town in Cleburn County, Alabama, Okfuskee County was originally part of the Creek Nation, Indian Territory. Much of its history is tied to that of the Creek Nation. For example, Thlopthlocco Town, established in the 1830s in this area in the Creek Nation, became the headquarters of Colonel D.H. Cooper's Confederate forces in 1861, prior to battles with Opothleyahola and the "Loyal Creeks." Also, Okemah, the county seat, is named for the Creek chief, Okemah, meaning "Big Chief." Two of Okemah's most noted residents were Leon Chase Phillips, 11th governor of Oklahoma, and noted American songwriter Woody Guthrie. Boley, founded in 1904 on 80 acres of land belonging to a Creek freedman, is one of the few black towns remaining in the United States. Established to demonstrate the ability of the black community to govern itself, it thrived for many years before succumbing to misfortune. in 1932, George Birdwell, "chief lieutenant" of Pretty Boy Floyd, not only robbed the Farmer's State Bank, but in the process shot and killed D.J. Turner, bank president and Mayor of Boley. Today, numerous civic organizations support the community. Location: Okfuskee County is in eastern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 47.1 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.0 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.8 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Okemah Distances: Okemah to: Tulsa - 66 miles Oklahoma City - 71 miles Land Area: 629 square miles of level plains and rolling terrain with two major streams
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Okfuskee County Assessor
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The Political Graveyard: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma
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Wikipedia: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma
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