OKLAHOMA
County Courthouses
     
     
Index by County Name - Index by County Seat - Architect List
Oklahoma Historical Chronology

I photographed my first Oklahoma county courthouse in 2001 and completed all 77 counties in 2006.  Cameras used were as follows:

  • Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD95 2.1 Mega Pixels digital camera.  An early digital camera that stored images on a floppy disk (remember those?).  The image quality produced by this camera is not as sharp and clear by today's standards.  It left me longing for a true digital SLR. 

  • Minolta X-700 35 mm SLR film camera.  This camera was used as a backup to the Sony Mavica since battery logevity was not one of its strong points. 

  • Canon Digital Rebel 6.3 Mega Pixels SLR digital camera.  A very nice camera.  It gave me just what I was looking for in versatility and clarity.  All courthouse pictures from January 2004 through December 2012 were shot with this camera, and I will continue to use it as a backup for my primary equipment. 

  • Canon 7D 18 Mega Pixels SLR digital camera.  A retirement gift for myself that I plan to use to revisit a number of locations to update and replace some of the more fuzzy images from the past. 

Oklahoma county courthouse historical information is not always readily available.  Some counties evolved from Indian Nation districts, while others came from Oklahoma Territory counties or from unassigned lands.  I will continue to search for additional infromation and update the site when it becomes available. 

Thanks for looking.

Robert E. Deering

Index by County Name
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A

Adair

Alfalfa

Atoka
       


B

Beaver

Beckham

Blaine

Bryan
     
C

Caddo

Canadian

Carter

Cherokee

Choctaw

Cimarron

Cleveland

Coal
               

Comanche

Cotton

Craig

Creek

Custer
     
D

Delaware

Dewey
         
E

Ellis
           
G

Garfield

Garvin

Grady

Grant

Greer
   
H

Harmon

Harper

Haskell

Hughes
     
J

Jackson

Jefferson

Johnston
       
K

Kay

Kingfisher

Kiowa
       
L

Latimer

Le Flore

Lincoln

Logan

Love
   



M

Major

Marshall

Mayes

McClain

McCurtain

McIntosh

Murry

Muskogee


N

Noble

Nowata
         
O

Okfuskee

Oklahoma

Okmulgee

Osage

Ottawa
   
P

Pawnee

Payne

Pittsburg

Pontotoc

Pottawatomie

Pushmataha
 
R

Roger Mills

Rogers
         
S

Seminole

Sequoyah

Stephens
       
T

Texas

Tillman

Tulsa
       
W

Wagoner

Washington

Washita

Woods

Woodward
   
Index by County Seat
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A Ada - Altus - Alva - Anadarko - Antlers - Arapaho - Ardmore - Arnett - Atoka -
B Bartlesville - Beaver - Boise City - Buffalo
C Chandler - Cherokee - CheyenneChickasha - Claremore -   Coalgate - Cordell
D Duncan - Durant
E Enid - El Reno - Eufaula
F Fairview - Frederick
G Guthrie - Guyman
H Hobart - Holdenville - Hollis - Hugo -
I Idabel
J Jay
K Kingfisher
L Lawton
M Madill - Mangum - McAlester - Medford - Merrietta - Miami - Muskogee
N Newkirk - Norman - Nowata
O Okemah - Oklahoma City - Okmulgee
P Pauls Valley - Pawhuska - Pawnee - Perry - Poteau - Pryor - Purcell
S Sallisaw - Sapulpa - Sayre - Shawnee - Stigler - Stillwater - Stillwell - Sulphur
T Talequah - Taloga - Tishomingo - Tulsa
V Vinita
W Wagoner - Walters - Watonga - Waurika - WewokaWilberton - Woodward
Architect List
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Bassham & Wheeler - Le Flore
Bignell & Fischer - Comanche
BKL, Inc. - Mayes
Black & West - Tulsa
Butler, Forest - Custer - Latimer - Pushmataha
Butler Company, The - Beaver - Pontotoc
Coady, E. - Blaine
Davis, Davis, & Davis - Pottawatomie
Gordon, J. Riely - Kiowa
Hair, C. E. - Choctaw - Jackson - Osage
Hair, Tonini, & Bramblet - Okmulgee - Payne
Harrelson, J. J. - Adair
Hawk, J. W. - Noble
Hawk & Parr - Garfield - McClain
Hicks, Jewell - Bryan - Garvin - Marshall - Murry
Hudgins, Thompson, Ball & Associates - Lincoln
Jayne, Maurice - Dewey - Harper - Texas
Jones, Halley, & Associates - Stephens
Koberling, Joseph - Ottawa
Layton, S. A. - Greer
Layton & Forsyth - Oklahoma
Layton, Hicks, & Forsyth - Craig - Grady - Harmon - Jefferson - McIntosh - Muskogee - Pittsburg
Layton & Smith - Creek
Layton, Smith, & Hawk - Beckham - Carter - Washita
Noftsger, Lawrence &Associates - Caddo - Kingfisher
Mason & Wilson - Woods
Monnot & Reed - Seminole
Parker, M. C. - Cimarron
Phelps-Spitz & Associates - Hughes
Rice, W. M. - Ellis
Roberts, J. W. - Nowata
Smith & Senter - Pawnee
Taylor, Walter E. - Love
Tonini & Bramblet - Alfalfa - Cotton - Major - Tillman - Woodward
Traver, Albert A. - Grant
Turnbull & Mills - Coal
Vahlberg, Walter T. - Cleveland - Haskell
Weathers, P. H. - Logan - Washington
Woodruff, Clyde H. - Kay
Unknown - Atoka - Canadian - Cherokee - Delaware - Johnston - McCurtain - Okfuskee - Roger Mills - Rogers - Sequoyah
Oklahoma Historical Chronology
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  • 1803: The Louisiana Purchase included most of present day Oklahoma. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison, paid France 15 million dollars for the land.
  • 1804: Lewis and Clark expeditions to Oklahoma - Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770- 1838).
  • 1817-42: Many different tribes from the great Indian Nations were forced to move from their homelands and were granted land in Indian Territory.
  • 1821: Sante Fe Trail & Texas Road cross Oklahoma.
  • 1824:  Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma's first fort, was established.
  • 1832-1839: Relocation of the Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek Indians, known as the "Five Civilized Tribes", to Indian Territory. Many died making this journey and it became know as"The Trail of Tears."
  • 1865-85: Chisholm Trail & other cattle trails cross Oklahoma.
  • 1869: Ft. Sill is established on Medicine Creek.
  • 1870: Coal mining started near the city of McAlester.
  • 1870: MK&T rail service begins in Indian Territory.
  • 1889: Indian Territory was split in half with the western half becoming Oklahoma Territory and Guthrie designiated as the Territorial Capital. Unassigned Lands were opened to settlement by land runs, lotteries, and auctions. The first land run was held April 22, 1889. At  noon, a cannon signaled the start of the run which opened the Unassigned Lands for settlement. 

    The phrase "Boomer Sooner" refers to the
     
    Land Run of 1889 Boomers
     were people who campaigned for the lands to be opened (or tried to enter the lands) before passage of the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889.  Sooners were land thieves who settled before the lands were officially opened, giving them an unfair advantage on finding, fencing, and claiming farm land. If the charge of early entry was proven, they would lose their claimed land.
  • 1890s: Colleges created in Norman, Stillwater, and Edmond.
  • 1891: The Sac and Fox, Pottawatomie-Shawnee lands, located just east of the original run site, were opened for settlement on September 21.
  • 1892: The Cheyenne and Arapaho lands in western Oklahoma were opened for settlement by land run on April 19.
  • 1893: The largest and most spectacular land run in northern Oklahoma, the Cherokee Strip, was held on September 16.
  • 1895: On May 23rd, the Kickapoo Land Run was held in central Oklahoma.
  • 1902: First Streetcars Installed in Oklahoma Territories.
  • 1905: The Five Civilized Tribes attempted statehood under the name Sequoyah but was rejected by Congress.
  • 1907: Oklahoma admitted into the Union as the 46th State with Guthrie as the Capital. Oklahoma's name is derived from two Choctaw words, "okla" meaning people, and "humma" meaning red; literally meaning "red people."
  • 1910: State Capital moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.
  • 1917: State Capitol Building was completed at a cost of $1,500,000. The construction of the dome was postponed due to material shortages during World War I. The delay became a long one as the dome was not added until 2002.
  • There are 39 tribes and nations of American Indians with headquarters in Oklahoma. Descendants of the original 67 tribes inhabiting Indian Territory still live in the state.