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Okmulgee,one of America's most uncommon places, is a city rich in history. In the late 1800's, Okmulgee (a Creek word meaning bubbling water) sprang up around the Creek Council House, the tribal house of government for the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. From there, trading posts, banks, and mercantiles were established around the Council House.
In the early part of the Twentieth Century, the discovery of oil created a boom to Okmulgee's economy. In the late Teens and early Twenties, much of downtown's largest buildings were erected. Vaudeville houses, ornate churches and a seven-story office building showcased the downtown.
Okmulgee became known for its oil and oilmen. Magnificent oil mansions still remain in Okmulgee, many now restored and renovated for a new generation of residents.
Renovations to the downtown area have restored the early day atmosphere of downtown, as quaint shops provide visitors with a wide variety of antiques, gifts, and clothing.
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