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11 01, 2019

Exploring Oklahoma’s Wheelock Academy Historic Site

2019-10-22T22:04:11+00:00Attractions, Beavers Bend, Beavers Bend Creative Escapes, Broken Bow, Cabins, History, McCurtain County, Museum, Things to do|

The history of the Broken Bow area is intertwined with that of the Choctaw Nation. One wonderful way to learn about the tribe's culture and influence here is to tour the Wheelock Academy Historic Site near Millerton, Oklahoma. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wheelock Academy was a former boarding school for Choctaw children for more than 120 years. Begun in 1932 by a missionary couple, the school taught mostly girls and was an important part of the community for many years. It closed during the Civil War years, 1861-1865), but reopened soon after. A devastating fire four [...]

5 04, 2018

Find Year-Round Fun At Broken Bow’s Choctaw Casinos

2019-10-22T22:27:21+00:00Beavers Bend Creative Escapes, Broken Bow, Cabins, Entertainment, Things to do|

Day or night, the Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is where to head for gaming and entertainment. This local establishment is one of several in the state owned by the Choctaw Nation, and it’s super convenient to the cabins at Beavers Bend Creative Escapes. Stop by Choctaw Casino and you’ll find rooms bustling with activity, starting with hundreds of slot machines that range from one-cent to five dollars. If cards are your deal, try your hand at Blackjack or Three-Card Poker. You’ll also find special deals that add extra fun to the challenge, such as the “Table Games Punch [...]

8 02, 2018

Natural Resources Helped Shaped Broken Bow, OK

2019-10-23T21:00:10+00:00Beavers Bend Creative Escapes, Broken Bow, Cabins, History, Outdoor Activity|

Broken Bow, Oklahoma sits at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains where U.S. Highways 780 and 259 intersect. It’s a proud little town that grew up around the vast natural resources of the area. In its early days, Broken Bow—which is now within McCurtain County—was originally the domain of the Choctaw Nation, who moved to the area in 1830 as a result of a treaty with the United States. The town was incorporated in 1911, and saw its enclave grow to more than 1,900 residents by 1920. Settlers were drawn by the area’s beauty and its abundance of forests. Two [...]

25 05, 2015

June Brings Broken Bow’s Big Art and Culture Events

2019-10-24T17:10:50+00:00Broken Bow, Festival, Things to do|

June is a big month here in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. We not only throw the biggest celebration of the year during June, but we also hold one of the largest regional art shows in the area! Come to Broken Bow between June 13-22, 2015 and take in our art, culture and community entertainment during the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Art Show and Festival of the Forest! You may look at the name "Kiamichi Owa-Chito" and wonder what in the world it could mean, and we would love to offer a quick lesson. Kiamichi is the name of the ancient range located approximately 50 [...]

22 03, 2015

Gardner Mansion and Museum: OK Choctaw History

2019-10-24T17:17:39+00:00Attractions, Broken Bow, History|

The Choctaw Nation is the heart of McCurtain County and the Broken Bow Area, and the tribe's history is both celebrated and preserved to this day. It is for this reason that you'll find multiple historical sites, museums and events all over southeastern Oklahoma, including the Jefferson Gardner Mansion and Museum, one-time home of the "Chief of the Choctaws". During the relocation of the Choctaw Nation from Mississippi to Oklahoma on the historic "Trail of Tears" in 1831 and 1832, Eagletown (located just east of Broken Bow) was established as the first Choctaw town in the new Choctaw territory. This [...]

29 01, 2015

Choctaw Nation: Oklahoma History and People

2019-10-24T17:39:40+00:00History, People|

Over the course of our blog posts, you may have noticed the phrase 'Choctaw' pop up every now and then: Choctaw County, the Choctaw neighborhood in the eastern suburbs of Oklahoma City, and of course the Choctaw Casinos. But what is 'Choctaw' and how does it fit in to the area's history? You may have guessed it already: Choctaw is the name of the Native American tribe of peoples who populated this area before modern settlement. In fact, the area that makes up Broken Bow was branch of the Choctaw tribe's homeland. The tribe originated in the southeastern states of [...]

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