Union Agency Building
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 and records of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Indians whose diverse trails in history converged in the Union Indian Agency.
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. Touch for map. Marker is on the Five Civilized Tribes Museum grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee OK 74401, United States of America.
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); American Society of Landscape Architects Centennial Medallion (within shouting distance of this marker); Better Homes & Gardens' Highest Community Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Honor Heights Park (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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.