Information About Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA
One of the most historically significant cities west of the Mississippi, Tahlequah was the end of the "Trail of Tears" for the eastern Cherokees. Settled in 1839, Tahlequah has been the capital of the Cherokee Nation since 1841. It is also known as the Nursery Capitol of the Midwest, and is ranked the 55th best small town in America (1995).
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Located in the rolling Cookson Hills between the scenic Illinois River and beautiful Lake Tenkiller, the Tahlequah area is a sportsman's paradise and a mecca for outdoor recreation. Year-round activities range from rodeos to dogwood tours, from Broadway shows to pow wows, from fall foliage tours to community theatre, and from festivals to fishing tournaments. Summer months bring visitors from around the world to float the river, tour the living Tsa-La-Gi ancient village, stroll through outdoor arts and crafts shows, sing along with the River City Players at the NSU Playhouse, and swing to the sounds of jazz at the NSU Jazz Lab.
Since its beginning in Indian Territory, Tahlequah has made education a top priority. As a result, quality elementary and secondary education programs are maintained, and the latest in vocational training is available. In addition, Tahlequah is the home of Northeastern State University, an innovative, progressive institution which has emerged as the fastest growing university in Oklahoma.
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Since 1987, the Tahlequah area has been ranked the 4th best all-round retirement location in the United States based on studies of climates, health care facilities, and reasonable costs of living.
Data from the 1990 population census place the Tahlequah population at 10,398. This is an increase of 7.11% from 1980.
Approximately 30.43% of the population of Cherokee County resides in Tahlequah.
Area 1970 1980 1990 1995 est.* 2000
City 9,254 9,708 10,398 11,590 14,458
County 23,174 30,684 34,049 37,100 42,521
30 Mile Radius N/A N/A 136,000 145,200 156,100

*County Population Estimates--U.S. Census Bureau
City Population Estimates--Oklahoma Depts. of Health and Commerce
Hospitality abounds in Tahlequah. With an underlying sense of the past enfolding the city, Tahlequah welcomes the challenges of the present as it moves with confidence into the future.
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Tahlequah lies in the northeast corner of Oklahoma. We can be found 30 miles east-northeast of Muskogee, OK; 70 miles east-southeast of Tulsa, OK; 70 miles northwest of Ft. Smith, AR; 70 miles west-southwest of Fayettville, AR; and 165 miles east-northeast of Oklahoma City, OK. We are located at the junction of US Highway 62 and State Highways 10, 51, and 82. We live in the gently rolling foothills of the Ozark Plateau. Ft. Gibson lake is 18 miles west; Tenkiller lake is 14 miles south; Lake Hudson is 32 miles north; and the Illinois river is three miles east of our city.
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Baggette Heritage Center Carnegie Library
Bedwell Murrell Home Northeastern
State University
Duncan National Historical Society
French National Prison Optometry College
Leoser New National Capitol Seminary Hall
Murrell Old National Capitol Town Square
Powell Supreme Court Building Tsa-La-Gi
Thompson W. W. Hastings Hospital  

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