Taking its name from a Creek word meaning "runaway" or "those who camp at a distance," this county was originally part of the Seminole Nation, Indian Territory. As a result of a treaty with the Creeks in 1856, the Seminoles received an estimated 2,169,080 acres of land in the Indian Territory where they could establish their own government and laws. They were the last of the Five Civilized Tribes to organize their government in this region. Although oil exploration began near Wewoka as early as 1902, it was not until 1923 and the discovery of the Greater Seminole field that the county experienced an economic boom. By September 1929, this became the premier high-gravity oil field in the United States. Now, agriculture and manufacturing contribute to the economy. Businesses engaged in the production of clothing, oil field chemicals and tanks, air blasting equipment, and others, are located in the area. Seminole Junior College continues the tradition first exemplified by the founding of the Mekasukey Academy for Seminole boys in 1891 and the Emahaka Boarding School for Seminole girls in 1893. Sources of recreational activities include area lakes, as well as public golf courses in Seminole and Wewoka. Location: Seminole County is in southeastern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 47.1 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.0 and July's average is 80.8. County Seat: Wewoka Distances: Wewoka to: Oklahoma City - 68 miles Tulsa - 85 miles Land Area: 640 square miles of predominantly agricultural land

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