Spiro in Le Flore County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Choctaw National Cemetery
The founding of Skullyville dates back to 1832 when the removal of the Choctaws was in full progress. The old cemetery has all the interest usually attached to these places. Early on our people used rocks and stones to mark their loved ones grave sites. Though most of the rocks & stones that were not engraved in some way have been removed, it is known that hundreds of Indian people lie here in unmarked graves. The stones that are left with engraving date back to the early eighteen thirties. It is a peaceful spot where numerous trees cast their shade over the final resting place of many of our ancestors.
May 2, 1998 Miko (Chief) Gregory E. Pyle unveiled this monument to symbolize that the Skullyville Cemetery is the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's National Cemetery.
Original 3 Districts
• National Capital
• District Capital
• County Court
Monument was placed as a tribal historical marker by the efforts of the following administrative personnel. Gregory E. Pyle, Chief Mike Bailey, Assistant Chief Tribal Council Members: Charley
Erected 1998 by Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 35° 15.037′ N, 94° 35.615′ W. Marker is in Spiro, Oklahoma, in Le Flore County. Marker can be reached from Spring Road 0.2 miles north of Lake View Drive (County Route 22A), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located within the Choctaw National Cemetery / Skullyville Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spiro OK 74959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Skullyville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Coffee (approx. 0.7 miles away); Choctaw Agency (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Backbone Mountain (approx. 6.7 miles away); Defending Fort Smith (approx. 13.1 miles away in Arkansas); Osage Nation (approx. 13.1 miles away in Arkansas); William O. Darby (approx. 13.1 miles away in Arkansas); Cherokee Nation (approx. 13.1 miles away in Arkansas). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spiro.
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