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Sunshine, clear blue water and friendly people await visitors in the Mayes County communities.

Attractions include the magnificent mile long Pensacola Dam which is the world's largest multiple arch dam.

The town of Disney welcome's you to the annual Picture in Scripture Amphitheater where record breaking crowds watch a cast of 60 perform the biblical account of Jonah, Jesus, and the great whale.

This region has a rich cultural history. Until the 1830's this area was part of the hunting ground of the Osage Indian tribe. In 1796, Major Jean Pierre Chouteau opened a trading post near present day Salina, on the shores of Lake Hudson. The trading post encouraged fur trapping along the Grand River and its tributaries. This site significantly became the oldest white settlement in the state, and the Chouteau Museum commemorates this colorful history.

Near the town of Chouteau is Mazi which is near where the Union Mission was established in 1820. It was at this mission that the first school in the state was organized in 1821, the first printing press was located, and the first book published in Oklahoma was printed in 1835.

Enjoy your visit in each city as you travel throughout Mayes County.
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Comment by Hester (Grimes) WILLIAM on 24Jul05:

Really enjoyed the story about Pryor Creek.  I grew up in Pryor.  We used to rent from Mr. W.A. Graham.  He had three duplexes on Coo-y-yah St. to the side of his home that faced what is now Main Street.  I remember that once a year he would walk from Pryor to I believe, Salina and his housekeeper, Rose, would follow in the car and pick him up in the car to bring him home.  The bank did not have chairs for his employees to sit while they worked.  His motto was "A man on his feet is worth two on his seat!"  He did a lot for Pryor.  My father, Fred M. Grimes was a police officer  in Pryor.  He was also deputy sheriff  when he  retired.   We lived there for many years.  Both my younger sister and I graduated from  high school there.  I'll quit now but it was nice to go back home for a while. 
MANY THANKS   
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