Dewey County Courthouse
Taloga, Oklahoma
 Completed - 1925
Architect - Maurice Jayne
Photos: Robert Deering 4/21/2006
1895 Courthouse

COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1892 from Cheyenne and Arapaho lands.  Designated as D County by Congress, the county was renamed Dewey County in the general election held in November 1898.

Admiral George Dewey (1837 – 1917) who is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. He was also the only person in the history of the United States to have attained the rank of Admiral of the Navy, the most senior rank in the United States Navy.

COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: It has been said that the Taloga is an Indian word meaning "beautiful valley," although in other accounts it is a Creek word meaning "rocking water."

COURTHOUSES: In 1895 county commissioners rented space in a two-story brick structure. In 1909 a wood-frame building at Main and Broadway offered space for county offices until a modern courthouse was completed in 1925.   

 1925 Courthouse

UPDATE: A new modern courthouse has been completed (2012) and we understand that the 1925 building as been demolished.

ADDRESS:  Broadway & Ruble, Taloga, Oklahoma


Former Dewey County Jail