Originally a part of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, Washington County was created at statehood, and named for President George Washington. Bartlesville, the county seat, was the first oil-boom town in Indian Territory. In 1875 George B. Keeler, a local fur trader knew of the existence of oil in this area but lacked the financial support and tribal permission necessary to exploit his discovery. Not until April 15, 1897 was the first commercial oil well in Oklahoma, the No. 1 Nellie Johnston, was brought in by the Cudahy Oil Company. W.W "Bill" Keeler, grandson of George, eventually became head of Phillips Petroleum Company and Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Home of the Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville is the site of the Frank Phillips Home, the restored 26-room mansion of the founder of Phillips Petroleum. Dewey, the first town in Oklahoma to have electric lights, waterworks, and a telephone line, is the site of the Tom Mix Museum. Mix, one-time deputy sheriff and night marshal in Dewey, was an early-day silent film star. The Bartlesville Historical Commission published two volumes of History of Washington County by Margaret Teague. Location: Washington County is in northeastern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 45.6 inches yearly. January's average temperature is 40.6 and July's average is 79.6. County Seat: Bartlesville Distances: Bartlesville to: Tulsa 47 miles Muskogee - 95 miles Enid 132 miles Land Area: 424 square miles of level plains and rolling hills
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The Political Graveyard: Washington County, Oklahoma
Database provides political history, cemetery locations, and brief biographies of politicians who lived or died in the county.
Washington County SPCA
Non-profit organization that provides shelter, protection and care for animals. Photographs and descriptions of pets available for adoption.
Washington County, Oklahoma
Official web site. Contains history, information about departments, holiday schedule and resource links.
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