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    The Osage Trace was a main thoroughfare across the area in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The trace, which became known as the Texas Road some time after the 1820s, was heavily traveled during the Civil War. Later the Shawnee Trail, one of the first cattle trails, followed the path through the region.
    After the Creek signed an 1826 treaty in Washington, D.C., that provided them land in Indian Territory for their land in Georgia, they began to settle in the area. More tribe members migrated after 1832 when the Creek Nation in Alabama was dissolved. The far western portion of present Wagoner County belonged to the Cherokee Nation, which attained the land in 1828 in exchange for their land in Arkansas. These first Western Cherokee were joined by their eastern counterparts after the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, which sold the remainder of their land in southeastern United States.
    During the Civil War the present county was the scene of one fight, known as the Hay Camp Action, or the Battle of Flat Rock. In September 1864 Confederate troops led by Brig. Gen. Stand Watie and Brig. Gen. Richard Gano attacked Union troops who were cutting hay, capturing eighty-five and killing more. The Southern soldiers then burned the hay along with the harvesting equipment. Confederates also housed troops on the Koweta and Tullahassee school campuses and camped at Choska and Concharty. Several All-Black towns that emerged after the Civil War and survived into the beginning of the twentieth century included Red Bird, Gibson Station, and Tullahassee.
    In 1905 it was proposed that present Wagoner County would be included in the state of Sequoyah. The proposal would have divided the area into two counties, with the western portion named Coweta and the eastern called Tumechichee. Instead, in 1907 it was incorporated into one unit when Oklahoma became a state. Naming the new county and selecting a new county seat became the first county-wide political controversy. The towns of Porter and Coweta competed with Wagoner for the honor. The county took its name from the town that won. Wagoner's name honored Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner, a Katy railroad dispatcher from Parsons, Kansas.


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County Clerk
307 East Cherokee St.
Wagoner, OK 74477
Phone (918)485-4508
Court Clerk
307 East Cherokee St.
Wagoner, OK 74477
Phone (918)485-4508

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