- Category: Washington County, OK
- Published on Thursday, 27 October 2011 01:15
- Written by Katy Hestand
Picture of the Orginal Court House
Picture taken by Katy Hestand
I would like to thank Rich for his service to Washington County and OKGenWeb. He has moved on to other endeavors and we wish him all the luck.
The Washington County site is now accepting submissions. If you have something that you would like to share, I will make a place for it. Over the next few days you will see a lot of changes, I will be adding pages and keep you updated via the list. I would love to get photos, obituaries, marriage records, probate records and anything else that you would like to send, of course, respecting copyrighted material and the living.
Gone is the What's New Page, now the 5 newest articles are listed above, as well as the five most read. I'm also adding (under resources) a listing of books, magazines and articles (as I find or receive details). If you are willing to do lookups in the area, please let me know . Just click on my name under contacts. (that is also where you should send your submissions.)
On the main menu on the left, information about adjactant counties takes you to history and things that apply to those counties, that also fits into Washington county.
Under Resources, you will find Research aids to make your search easier. You can also sign up for or just read the queries on the top and side menu. I'm in the process of imputing all of the contributor names into forms which are encrypted to prevent most spam. (hate it!)
Washington County Mail List
Washington County History
Located on the eastern edge of the Osage Hills, Washington County has a land area of 416.9 square miles and contains all of townships 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 north; the eastern half of R12E; the western half of R14E; and all of R13E.
Washington County was originally a part of the Cooweescoowee District, Cherokee Nation West, Indian Territory. Created at statehood, in 1907, it was named for George Washington. This county is rich in the history of our country. A part of Indian Territory, it saw it's share of Indian settlements, Oil Booms, Law Men and Outlaws.
Bartlesville, the county seat, was the first oil-boom town in Indian Territory. George B. Keeler, a local fur trader, knew of the existence of oil in this area as early as 1875, but lacked the financial support and tribal permission necessary to exploit his discovery. It was not until April 15, 1897 that the No. 1 Nellie Johnstone, first commercial oil well in Oklahoma, was brought in by the Cudahy Oil Company. W.W. "Bill" Keeler, grandson of George, eventually became head of Phillips Petroleum Company and Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Home of the Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville is also the site of the Frank Phillips Home, an elaborately restored 26-room mansion and home of the founder of Phillips Petroleum.
The Woolaroc Museum, on the old Phillips Ranch, houses paintings and artifacts, collected mostly by Frank Phillips, pertaining to the development of man in the southwestern United States, and is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge. It is located about 10 miles southwest of Bartlesville.
Dewey, the first town in Oklahoma to have electric lights, waterworks and a
telephone line, is the site of the Tom Mix Museum. Mix, one-time deputy sheriff and night marshal in Dewey, was an early-day silent film star.
Major Lakes: Copan and Hulah
Major Streams Systems: Caney River and tributaries to Bird Creek.
Museums and Historic Sites:
Nellie Johnstone Oil Well
Frank Phillips Home
Phillips Petroleum Company Exhibit Hall
Bartlesville History Museum
Tom Mix Museum
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