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Muskogee in Muskogee County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Union Agency Building

 
 
Union Agency Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2017
1. Union Agency Building Marker
Inscription.  

Begun in 1875, this Agency was the first building erected by the U.S. government to house the superintendencey [sic] of the Five Civilized Tribes. Used briefly, the building was leased in 1875 to the Baptist Mission Society as a school for the Creek Freedman children. In 1891 the Creek Nation purchased the building from the U.S. and used it for a Creek Freedman orphanage. In 1909 the Creek Nation conveyed the property to the City of Muskogee for park purposes. At times different persons had tearooms here. Mrs. Alex Posey had a tearoom and small museum here 1917-1919. Following World War I, in 1920 the building was renovated, re-named the Chateau, and used by the American Legion for offices and a dance hall. In 1944 the city returned the building to the government to aid the nearby veterans hospital. Not used, ten years later the Da-co-tah Indian Club of Muskogee sponsored a bill, introduced in Congress by the Honorable Ed Edmondson, seeking return of the Agency to Muskogee. The bill passed. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, incorporated in 1955, and located in the Agency building since 1966, holds as it's purpose the keeping of the traditions

Union Agency Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2017
2. Union Agency Building and Marker
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and records of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Indians whose diverse trails in history converged in the Union Indian Agency.
 
Erected by Historic Preservation Commission of Muskogee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsMan-Made FeaturesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 35° 45.989′ N, 95° 24.859′ W. Marker is in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in Muskogee County. Marker is on Honor Heights Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the Five Civilized Tribes Museum grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee OK 74401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. John Hutchings White (here, next to this marker); Muskogee Nation Commemorative Stone (here, next to this marker); Union Agency (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Union Agency (within shouting distance of this marker); Better Homes & Gardens' Highest Community Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); American Society of Landscape Architects Centennial Medallion (within shouting distance of this marker); Honor Heights Park
Union Agency image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Union Agency
Home of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum
(within shouting distance of this marker); World War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muskogee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Union Agency. (Submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Union Agency Historical Info at Library of Congress. (Submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Five Civilized Tribes Museum. (Submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Aug. 9, 2022