About Craig County
Craig County was created
at statehood and named for Granville Craig, a prominent Cherokee, this area
was part of the Cherokee Nation. The area was only sparsely settled until
after the Civil War when a few scattered Cherokees made their homes in the
Vinita the county seat,
was once called both Downingville and The Junction and was established in 1871 at the junction of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (Katy) and
the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, (later the Frisco), the first rail lines
to enter Oklahoma. In 1881 the two railroads crossed at Vinita. (see
the Short History of Craig Co. for more
Craig County has long
been a livestock producing area with cattle ranches located throughout. The
industrial base of Vinita has been expanded to include everything from the
manufacturing of towers to micro connectors. As headquarters of the Grand
River Dam Authority, Craig county is also the site of the Kansas, Arkansas,
Oklahoma Electric Power Distributor, and the Northeast Oklahoma Electric
Cooperative. Eastern State Mental Hospital has been in operation since
1913, more information about
Annual events include
the original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in August, the Calf Fry Festival
in June and Oktoberfest in October.
Location: Craig County
borders Kansas and is located in northeastern Oklahoma. Climate: The
average precipitation is 45.6 inches yearly in this area. Januarys
average temperature is 40.6 degrees Fahrenheit and Julys average is
79.6 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Vinita
Land Area: 762 square
miles of agricultural land on rolling hills and level
Craig County Centennial Lineage Project
Early Residents of Craig County, Oklahoma
1907 to December 31, 1920
Descendants of Cherokee Nation Settlers on the Prairie
Between the Neosho & Grand Rivers and the Verdigris River
before November 16, 1907
Craig County Genealogy Society is looking for a
picture of a Dan A. Reed, who was either a City Marshal/Chief of Police in
Vinita, possibly 1900-1920. Grandson Ben Reed of California is attempting
to locate one. Dan A. Reed was born in 1859 and died in 1929 in Vinita and
buried at our local Fairview Cemetery.
Also the society would like pictures, names and
dates of any other early City Marshal/Chief of Police (1871-1930s). The
society is attempting to start a file of City Marshal/Chief of Police.
Send information to Craig County Genealogical Socety,
P.O. Box 484, Vinita, Ok 74301-0484 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Land Owners
Names, Location and Roll Numbers of First Land Owners
(in Present Day Craig County, Oklahoma)
The information is from Township & Range maps. It includes Name,
roll number, Township and Section. It include, Cherokee Nation, Indian
Territory. This includes parts of the Coo-Wee-Scoo-Wee and Delaware
Districts, west of the Neosho River, up to the Kansas State Line. All
book's are index by first and last name.
Also available Washington Co., with upper part of Tulsa Co., Nowata Co.,
Rogers Co., Mayes Co., Delaware
Co., Adair Co. of Oklahoma.
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