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Historical Markers in Ottawa County, Oklahoma

 
Clickable Map of Ottawa County, Oklahoma and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Ottawa County, OK (33) Craig County, OK (6) Delaware County, OK (3) Cherokee County, KS (83) McDonald County, MO (1) Newton County, MO (38)  OttawaCounty(33) Ottawa County (33)  CraigCounty(6) Craig County (6)  DelawareCounty(3) Delaware County (3)  CherokeeCountyKansas(83) Cherokee County (83)  McDonaldCountyMissouri(1) McDonald County (1)  NewtonCounty(38) Newton County (38)
Miami is the county seat for Ottawa County
Adjacent to Ottawa County, Oklahoma
      Craig County (6)  
      Delaware County (3)  
      Cherokee County, Kansas (83)  
      McDonald County, Missouri (1)  
      Newton County, Missouri (38)  
 
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1Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Afton — Eagle (D-X) Service Station, Afton, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
On 1st Street (U.S. 60) at Locust Avenue, on the left when traveling south on 1st Street.
Opened in the 1930's, the Eagle Service Station served Route 66 travelers for nearly 60 years.Map (db m81122) HM
2Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Afton — Sidewalk Highway — U.S. 66 - Will Rogers Highway — Chicago to Los Angeles —
On South 520 Road at E 220 Road, on the left when traveling south on South 520 Road.
In 1922 a new nine-foot-wide roadway was completed between Miami and Afton, OK because no standards existed an so few roads were paved. It's width was not unusual for the era. It consisted of a concrete base and edges with a surface of rock asphalt. . . . Map (db m171049) HM
3Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Commerce — Boyhood Home of Mickey Mantle — (Where Mickey Learned To Play The Game) — 319 South Quincy Street —
On C Street east of South Quincy Street, on the right when traveling west.
When Mickey was 3 years old his family moved to this location. At the age of 5 or 6 his father started teaching him to hit, they used the tin barn as their backstop. Mutt, his father, would pitch righty and Mickey's grandfather would pitch lefty . . . Map (db m171030) HM
4Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Commerce — Mickey Charles Mantle — "The Commerce Comet" — Dr. Nick A. Calcagno, Artist —
On Mickey Mantle Boulevard (U.S. 69), on the right when traveling south.
"A Great teammate" CHS class of '49 [Statue dedicated April 17, 2010] ————— About the Artist Dr. Nick A Calcagno was the recipient of numerous awards and many professional achievements. His artwork is . . . Map (db m41741) HM
5Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — American Indian War Veterans
Reported missing.
Dedicated to American Indian War Veterans by Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. Bicentennial Project 1976Map (db m41739) HM
6Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Bill Hudson Hastings
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Ave NW.
Hastings has performed in over 50 theatrical productions, including four Broadway musicals, three National Tours and multiple shows at Radio City Music Hall. He choreographed and directed numerous musicals for U.S., European and Japanese theatre, TV . . . Map (db m170973) HM
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7Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Carol Littleton
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Ave NW.
Carol Littleton, A.C.E., one of Hollywood's most talented and award-winning film editors, is a 1960 graduate of Miami High School. After graduating with honors from the University of Oklahoma, she completed her master's thesis at the University of . . . Map (db m170971) HM
8Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Charles Banks Wilson
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) south of 2nd Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south.
A renowned artist and teacher, Charles Banks Wilson, began his career as a teenager making posters for the Coleman Theatre shows, where he sketched his now famous painting of Will Rogers live on stage. He became head of the Art Department at . . . Map (db m82091) HM
9Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Charles Wayne "Tinker" Owens
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Ave NW.
Charles Wayne "Tinker" Owens was a multi-sport standout at Miami High School. He played and lettered in football, basketball and track while a Miami Wardog. On the track, he was a state champion in the low and high hurdles, as well as the long jump. . . . Map (db m170972) HM
10Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Coleman Theatre
On Main Street (Route 66) at 1st Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Main Street (Route 66).
The Coleman Theatre, built in 1929 as a vaudeville/movie theater palace, has hosted many legendary performers. Never closed, it holds the original Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ that has entertained generations. Programs and acts of all types are . . . Map (db m80594) HM
11Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Coleman Theatre, Miami, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
On North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south. Reported missing.
Built by George L. Coleman, Sr. in 1929 at a cost of $500,000. The theatre is home to "The Mighty Wurlitzer," the original pipe organ. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189153) HM
12Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — David Froman
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) south of 2nd Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south.
David Froman discovered his love of theater while simultaneously earning a master's degree from Pittsburg State University. He later received his doctorate from Kansas University and moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. He was . . . Map (db m82072) HM
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13Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — David Osborne
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Ave NW.
A Miami native and MHS graduate of 1976, David Osborne received his B.A. from Oral Roberts University, studied graduate piano and organ at Indiana University and earned his M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A Steinway Artist, he gained the title . . . Map (db m170975) HM
14Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Dr. Nick Calcagno
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) north of 1st Avenue NW.
Nick A. Calcagno, renowned painter, sculptor and author, graduated from St. Bonaventure University, earned M.A. from Seton Hall University and Ph.D. from Western Colorado University. An educator for 39 years, he was a beloved professor at NEO A&M . . . Map (db m170977) HM
15Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Gateway Sign
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) north of 3rd Avenue (State Highway 10), on the right when traveling north.
A replica of a sign originally constructed in the 1900's that spanned Central and C Street adjacent to the railroad station. For many years this sign welcomed visitors to downtown Miami. The original sign was removed during the 1930's. Today's . . . Map (db m119947) HM
16Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Hadley Building
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) at Central Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Main Street (Route 66).
This building, commonly known as the Hadley Building, was constructed in 1904 within Indian Territory, the same year that the Wright Brothers successfully flew an airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and three years prior to Oklahoma's admission . . . Map (db m81103) HM
17Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Historic Route 66 Ribbon Road - Sidewalk Highway — Oklahoma Historic Route 66
On U.S. 59/69 at 140th Road, on the left when traveling south on U.S. 59/69.
Completed in 1922 as Federal Highway Project No. 8. Running 15.46 miles from Miami to Afton. The only remaining 9' section of original pavement on the old Route 66 system, taken out of service in 1937. A National Register of Historic Places . . . Map (db m81131) HM
18Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — McPherson Post No 48 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial
To the Soldier Dead of the Civil War 1861-1865Map (db m35100) HM
19Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Miami Trust and Savings Bank Clock
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) south of Central Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
The Clock hanging above this plaque was manufactured by the O. B. McClintock Co. of Minneapolis. It was brought to Miami by the Miami Trust and Savings Bank in 1917. For 59 consecutive years, it hung from the corner of the Professional Building at . . . Map (db m81104) HM
20Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Miami, Oklahoma — 1891 --- 75 Years and Growing --- 1966 — Teepees to Towers —
On Main Street (U.S. 69) at 1st Avenue NW, on the left when traveling north on Main Street.
Miami: Since her founding in 1891, a chronicle of labor, optimism, growth. Indians: From them her name and her place - a proud, enduring heritage. Agriculture: Crops and cattle nourished her infancy, assured her maturity. . . . Map (db m35096) HM
21Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Moscelyne Larkin
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) south of 2nd Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south.
Moscelyne Larkin, a Native American, began her dancing career as a small child on the Coleman stage. At the age of fifteen she joined the Original Ballet Russe as a soloist and then a ballerina, touring throughout the world. She and her husband . . . Map (db m82088) HM
22Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Steve & Cassie Gaines
On Main Street (Route 66) (U.S. 69) south of 2nd Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south.
Miamians Steve and Cassie Gaines were musicians and singers for the legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cassie was an original member of the "Honkettes", the female back-up singers for the band. She helped get her brother, Steve, an audition. . . . Map (db m82086) HM
23Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Steve Owens
Near North Main Street (Old U.S. 66) south of 2nd Avenue NW, on the right when traveling south.
Top football star, Steve Owens, had a record of 4,000 yards rushing at Miami High School. He went on to star at the University of Oklahoma. At OU he received numerous honors and awards, culminating in the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1969. Owens . . . Map (db m82090) HM
24Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — The British Plot — Lest We Forget
Near U.S. 69 south of Highland Avenue.
During WWII 1941-1945 The Spartan School of Aeronautics British Flying Training School No. Three, was established in Miami, OK to train British Pilots without the risk of enemy interference. Miami's roster included 2,124 Royal Air Force Cadets . . . Map (db m170970) HM
25Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Quapaw — 164 — Entering Indian Territory
On State Highway 66, 0.1 miles south of Kansas State Line, on the left when traveling north.
In 1833, this area ceded Quapaw Tribe by U.S. Lands near granted Indians of 20 Tribes including Seneca, Shawnee, Peoria, Miami, Ottawa, Wyandot. Wealth came to the Quapaw and other Indians here, from discovery of lead and zinc mines beginning in . . . Map (db m77948) HM
26Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Quapaw — Route 66 Stone
On 4th Street at South Main Street (U.S. 66) on 4th Street.
On March 24, 1933 Victor Griffin, Chief of the Quapaw Tribe was featured prominently in the commemorative festivities when paving was completed for Route 66 in Quapaw, Oklahoma. The two halves of Route 66 met in the town of Quapaw, leading to the . . . Map (db m186005) HM
27Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — Henry C. Holderman — 1874-1951
On State Highway 137, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 60, on the left when traveling north.
Henry Holderman was the man first credited with envisioning a dam across the Grand River. His goal was to bring hydroelectric power to the Cherokee Nation, Holderman was a teenager, hauling lumber between Chetopa, Kansas and the Spavinaw Hills on a . . . Map (db m184936) HM
28Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — James Long — 1845 - 1891
On 679th Road, 0.4 miles south of 100th Road (Oklahoma Highway 10C), on the left when traveling south.
Youngest Warrior in Modoc WarMap (db m80588) HM
29Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — Modoc Church
On 679th Road, 0.4 miles south of 100th Road (Oklahoma Highway 10C), on the left when traveling south.
Built 1879 on the Modoc Reservation Listed on the National Register of Historic Places February 1980Map (db m80590) HM
30Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — Modoc Church and Cemetery
On 100th Road (State Highway 10C) east of 679th Road, on the right when traveling east.
The Modoc Church and Cemetery, the last remaining site commemorating the 153 Modoc prisoners of war exiled to the Quapaw Agency, Indian Territory in 1873.Map (db m80586) HM
31Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — The Grand Lake Region: An Important Native American Heritage
On State Highway 137, 0.5 miles north of U.S. 60, on the right when traveling north.
The Twin Bridges Area is within the Wyandotte Nation. The Wyandotte's ancestral homeland was along the St. Lawrence River and Upper Great Lakes Region. A series of conflicts and removals forced this Nation to move southward. In the late 1850's the . . . Map (db m184890) HM
32Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — Welcome to Grand Lake State Park's Twin Bridges Area
On State Highway 137, 0.5 miles north of U.S. 60, on the right when traveling north.
This state park area is named for the two bridges that cross the Neosho (Grand) and Spring Rivers. In another sense, like a timeless bridge, this place spans time to connect us with its special past. Before Grand Lake and Twin Bridges State . . . Map (db m184892) HM
33Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Wyandotte — Wyandot Tribe
On State Highway 137, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 60, on the left when traveling north.
The Wyandot Tribe after a bitter war with the Iroquois settled about 1700 in northern Ohio. In 1843, under United States government authority, this tribe removed to northeastern Kansas. Local friction caused some Wyandot, in 1857, to leave Kansas . . . Map (db m184941) HM
 
 
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Aug. 18, 2022