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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Talihina in Le Flore County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Lenox Mission

Dedication to Education

Lenox Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, September 18, 2021
1. Lenox Mission Marker

The Choctaw Indians placed a high priority on education. Boarding schools and small neighborhood schools existed as early as 1832 in Indian Territory. Although tribal funds supported the schools, missionaries were often responsible for establishing and maintaining them.

In 1858, missionaries Dr. Simon L. Hobbs and his wife established the Lenox Mission in the Kiamichi Valley below. Perhaps feeling homesick, Mrs. Hobbs named the mission after her hometown in Massachusetts.

Serving more than one purpose, the mission was a church on Sundays and on weekdays, students of all ages attended the mission school.

Like many missionaries, Dr. Hobbs was a medical doctor as well as a minister. When yellow fever struck the community, Dr. Hobbs and his wife were among the victims. The mission closed after their deaths in 1884.

Lenox Mission was a small log structure and may have looked much like the Dwight Mission pictured here. Photo courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society.
Erected by US Forest Service.
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Lenox Mission Marker at Lenox Ridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, September 18, 2021
2. Lenox Mission Marker at Lenox Ridge
This view is looking west at the Lenox Ridge.
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these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 34° 44.922′ N, 94° 48.222′ W. Marker is near Talihina, Oklahoma, in Le Flore County. Marker is on Talimena National Scenic Byway (Scenic Highway 1) 5 miles east of Camp Tom Hale Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located at the Lenox Vista on the Talimena Scenic Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Talihina OK 74571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Settling Experience (here, next to this marker); Mammoth Changes (here, next to this marker); Deadman Vista (approx. 4.4 miles away); Horsethief Spring (approx. 4.4 miles away); Where There is Water There Will Be People (approx. 4.4 miles away); Outside the Law In Indian Territory (approx. 4.4 miles away); Life at Stapp (approx. 4.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Talihina.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 23, 2023