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PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA
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Boy Scout Monument
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Pawhuska , capital of the Osage Nation, attributes much of it's rich history and culture to the Osage tribe. The origins of the tribe date back to the Ice Age, though their link with Pawhuska began in 1871 when they bought this land back from the Cherokees.

As perpetual owners of the mineral rights in the county, the Osage Indians became the richest people per capita in the world during the "Oil Boom" of the 1920's. Their fascinating history is chronicled in the Osage Tribal Museum, the oldest continually operating tribal museum in the United States.

Hear about Wild West outlaws such as Jesse James, Belle Starr, and Bill Doolin who hid out in the hills around Pawhuska (Bob Dalton was even the Osage Police Chief!) Many other famous people have had ties to Pawhuska: Herbert Hoover, Tom Mix, Clark Gable, Bob Wills, Ben Johnson, and more. Oil Barons such as Frank Phillips and Jean Paul Getty sat under the "Million Dollar Elm" in Pawhuska to bid for the Osage oil leases which helped make their fortunes. Or, would you believe that the first Boy Scout troop was founded in Pawhuska? (They camped out at Buckingham Palace and danced for the Queen!) These wild stories are all true; visit the Osage County Museum for information on these stories and more

Approaches:

BY CAR: From Tulsa, north 25 miles on US 75 Expressway to Bartlesville, west 24 miles on US 60; From I-35 Ponca City Exit, east 56 miles on US 60; From Cimarron Turnpike, Hallett exit, North 39 miles on SH 99.

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The Downtown Historic District
The historic district in Pawhuska is comprised of 98 buildings, 86 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These two and three-story brick structures, along with a five-story triangle building, provide an impressive tribute to days gone by.

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The Osage County Historical Museum
One of the three museums in and around Pawhuska, the Osage County Historical Museum is housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot built in 1922. The museum features exhibits on Indian, pioneer, oil heritage, Boy Scouts and western heritage. Most notably, memorabilia and the history of the first U.S. Boy Scout troop founded in Pawhuska are on exhibit.

Other points of interest located on the museum grounds include two rail cars actually used by the Santa Fe Railroad between Kansas and Pawhuska, two gazebos ( one 1890), and a restored one room school house (Edith Layton School House).

Hours: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm

Admission to the museum is free.

Air Conditioned and Wheel Chair Ramps

700 North Lynn Avenue ( One block north of the only stop light on Main Street - US Hiway 60)
(918) 287-9924

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Boy Scout Monument
The first boy scout troop in America was organized in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma, in May, 1909, by Reverend John F. Mitchell, a missionary priest from England sent to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, by the Church of England. Rev. Mitchell, who had been associated in scout work with Lord Baden-Powell in England, organized the troop of Boy Scouts under English charter, and equipped them with English uniforms and manuals. A life-sized bronze statue stands as a monument in front of the Osage County Historical Museum to honor Reverend Mitchell and the 19 charter members who were organized under English charter.

Pawhuska's troop had the honor of being Troop No. 1 in the Boys Scouts of America, and has the certificate on exhibit in the Historical Museum in the Scout Room. When the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts was formed in Bartlesville, Pawhuska was numbered Troop 33. This Troop No. 33 is a continuance of the original first Boy Scout troop in America.

Museum Hours: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm

Admission to the museum is free.

Air Conditioned and Wheel Chair Ramps


700 North Lynn Avenue ( One block north of the only stop light on Main Street - US Hiway 60)
(918) 287-9924


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The Osage Tribal Museum
Pawhuska, in addition to being the capitol of the Osage Indian Nation, is also proud to have the Osage Tribal Museum. Along with the grand murals in the Osage Tribe, the Osage Tribal Museum preserves the culture of the Osage Tribe via displays, lectures, crafts and a library. Notable exhibits include the famous Black Dog Shield and a photograph exhibit numbering over 2,000.

The museum is the oldest continually operated tribal museum in the United States.

The Osage Tribal Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10am - 4pm.
(918) 287-2495

819 Grandview

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The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
This church is known widely as the "Cathedral of the Osage". Special permission from the Vatican had to be granted to depict living tribal members in the glorious stained glass that was crafted in Munich, Germany in 1919. The two largest windows show scenes significant to the Osage. One shows Columbus meeting a party of Indians and the other shows prominent Osage of the era gathered around the black cassocked Rev. Schoenmakers.

Group tours may be arranged through the church.
Contact Father Higgins at (918) 287-1414.

1314 N Lynn

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The Blacksmith House
Built in 1871, this 5 room house with native timbers and 18" thick sandstone walls was the first to be built in Pawhuska. When the Osage were moved from Kansas, Sid Delarue, a Swiss blacksmith, was promised the house if he would come to care for their horses.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, May 7, 1979, the house was acquired by donation from the First National Bank to the Pawhuska Community Foundation.

222 West Main, next door to the Osage Tribal Tourism/Visitor Center

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