Cherokee County

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Cherokee County is named for the Cherokee Native American Nation.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mayes County and  Delaware County

E – Adair County

S – Sequoyah County

W – Muskogee County and Wagoner County


Created:  July 16, 1907                          Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cherokee County

County Seat:

Tahlequah 1901 – present


County Courthouse – Tahlequah


Location:  213 West Delaware Street / South Cherokee Avenue

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tahlequah. The building is a “T” shape with an east-west wing on the north side and a center wing extending south. The north front has a central entrance and the building has a raised concrete basement. A wide white colored band follows the flat roof line. The building was formerly a hospital and the city offices are on the lower level. The building was remodeled in 1978 to 1979 for use as a courthouse and City Hall. In the interior, the Commissioner’s Room is located on the second story and courtroom is located at the northeast corner of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 15th Judicial District. The architect was Ammerman – Butler & Thomas Inc. and the contractor was SE-CO Construction Company.


Old County Courthouse – Tahlequah




Location:  101 Muskogee Avenue / Delaware Street

Built:  1867 – 1869

Style:  Federal

Architect:  C W Goodlander

Contractor:  James S Price


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Tahlequah to the east of the courthouse. The west front has a small enclosed porch on the first story. The windows are arched. On each side of the roof is a wide pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped. The building is now the Cherokee National Museum.


Note:  This 1869 building, which today acts as the Cherokee National Capitol, as it was originally intended to be, once acted as the Cherokee County Courthouse from 1907 ( when Oklahoma became a state ) to 1979 when the current courthouse replaced it. The building was erected in 1867 to 1869 as the Cherokee Capitol. When it was still a county courthouse it was damaged in 1928 and the copula on top was removed. Ever since the county turned this structure back into the hands of the Cherokee Nation in 1979, it has functioned as the headquarters for the Cherokee court system and the election board. The new Cherokee Capital is located south of Tahlequah at 17675 Muskogee Avenue.

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Adair CountyMuskogee CountySequoyah County and Wagoner County


History:  The county was created in 1907 and Tahlequah was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1867 to 1869 as the Cherokee Nation Capital and became the county courthouse in 1907. The second and present courthouse was constructed as a hospital in 1961 to 1962 and became the courthouse in 1978 to 1979.


Old Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Courthouse – Tahlequah


Location:  122 East Keetoowah Street / Water Street

Built:  1845

Style:  Federal

Architect:  James S Pierce

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick  structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Tahlequah to the east of the courthouse and to the south of the old courthouse. The building once functioned as the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. The building is the oldest government building in the State of Oklahoma. The building was damaged by fire in 1875 but was restored. The building houses a museum.




County Courthouse – Tahlequah

























Old County Courthouse – Tahlequah










Photos taken 2010