The first oil well in Oklahoma was drilled in 1897 in what is now Bartlesville. The discovery of oil in Oklahoma led to a boom in the state's economy, and it quickly became one of the largest oil-producing states in the country.
Pushmataha County is located in southeastern Oklahoma and has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Choctaw, who eventually became the dominant tribe in the region. The Choctaw people lived off the land, engaging in hunting, fishing, and agriculture.

In the early 19th century, the United States government began forcibly relocating Native American tribes from the Southeast to Indian Territory, which included present-day Oklahoma. The Choctaw, along with other tribes, were removed from their ancestral lands and settled in what is now Pushmataha County. This era, known as the Trail of Tears, was a dark period in American history.

During the Civil War, Pushmataha County was a divided region with loyalties split between the Union and the Confederacy. The county experienced Union occupation and Confederate raids, causing considerable hardship for the local population. After the war, the area slowly recovered and began to thrive again.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the discovery of coal and timber resources brought economic growth to Pushmataha County. Many mining and logging operations were established, attracting workers and boosting the local economy. The county also saw the expansion of the railroad network, which facilitated transportation of goods and people. Today, Pushmataha County continues to embrace its historical roots and offers a mix of natural beauty, diverse culture, and a close-knit community.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.

  • 1800s - Pushmataha County is originally home to Native American tribes such as the Choctaw Nation.
  • 1820s - The Choctaw Nation signs the Treaty of Doak's Stand, ceding land to the United States government.
  • 1830s - The Choctaw Nation is forcibly removed from their ancestral lands as part of the Trail of Tears.
  • 1873 - Pushmataha County is established as a county in the Indian Territory.
  • 1883 - The St. Louis and San Francisco Railway is extended into Pushmataha County, promoting growth and development.
  • 1907 - Pushmataha County becomes part of the newly formed state of Oklahoma.
  • 1920s - The Great Depression hits Pushmataha County, causing economic hardships for local residents.
  • 1940s - World War II brings an increase in demand for timber resources in Pushmataha County.
  • 1960s - Pushmataha County experiences a decline in population, as many residents move to urban areas for better job opportunities.
  • 2000s - Pushmataha County remains a rural area with a focus on agriculture and natural resource industries.