The state song of Oklahoma, "Oklahoma!", was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their Broadway musical of the same name. The musical, which premiered in 1943, was set in Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s and tells the story of a young farm girl and her romance with a cowboy.

Craig County, located in northeastern Oklahoma, has a rich and diverse history dating back hundreds of years. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Osage, Delaware, and Cherokee. The region became part of Indian Territory after the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced many tribes to relocate to the area.

In 1828, the Osage ceded their lands to the federal government, opening the area to settlement. The area eventually attracted pioneers and settlers, who began establishing farms and communities. In 1907, Oklahoma became a state, and Craig County was officially established. It was named after Granville Craig, a prominent Cherokee politician.

The early years of Craig County saw significant growth and development. The discovery of lead and zinc deposits in the region in the early 1900s spurred economic prosperity and attracted mining companies. Several mining towns emerged, including Vinita, the county seat, and Welch, which became a major zinc mining center.

However, the decline of the mining industry in the mid-20th century led to an economic downturn in the area. Many mining operations closed, causing job losses and a decline in population. In recent decades, Craig County has focused on diversifying its economy, with a focus on agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The county's beautiful landscapes, including the scenic Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, have attracted visitors seeking outdoor recreational activities.

Today, Craig County continues to evolve as a vibrant community, preserving its natural beauty and embracing its rich cultural heritage. The county boasts a strong sense of community and has made efforts to revitalize its downtown areas. With a blend of historical significance and modern amenities, Craig County offers a glimpse into the past while embracing the future.

  • 1854 - The area that is now Craig County is included in the Cherokee Nation's domain.
  • 1861 - The Cherokee Nation aligns with the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • 1867 - The Cherokee Nation is dissolved, and the area becomes part of the Indian Territory.
  • 1891 - The area is opened to non-Indian settlement and becomes part of the newly created Oklahoma Territory.
  • 1907 - Oklahoma is admitted as the 46th state of the United States, including Craig County.
  • 1911 - Vinita is selected as the county seat of Craig County.
  • 1925 - The towns of Centralia, Bluejacket, and Ketcum are incorporated.
  • 1933 - Oklahoma experiences significant flooding, including parts of Craig County.
  • 1967 - The National Space Surveillance Center is established near Vinita.
  • 2002 - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections opens the Dick Conner Correctional Center north of Hominy.