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Downtown Muskogee Hosts Heritage Days
By Tourism Industry Partner
Downtown Muskogee, Inc. (DMI) will host the annual Muskogee’s Heritage Days: A Living History Festival October 7 & 8 in the Historic Depot District at Third and Elgin Streets downtown. Join Downtown Muskogee in celebrating our community’s rich history.
You can follow in the footsteps of a legend on the Bass Reeves Legacy Tour. The walking tour, on Friday, October 7, starts at Three Rivers Museum at 5:30 p.m. Costumed interpreters will tell the story of one of the most significant lawmen in Indian Territory history.
Bass Reeves was a slave in Texas who escaped at the outset of the Civil War and fled into Indian Territory. For the duration of the war, he lived in the Territory, learning the land and the languages of the Native tribes. After the war, he settled in Van Buren, Arkansas and was recruited by “hanging judge” Isaac Parker as a U.S. deputy marshal for the federal court at Fort Smith. He also served the Paris, Texas court before settling in Muskogee to serve the federal court here. He lived the remainder of his life in Muskogee and the tour literally follows his footsteps in the historic downtown area
Tickets for the tour are $15 and available from Three Rivers Museum. Call 918-686-6624 for reservations. The tour will be followed by a visit from “John Wayne,” as the intrepid Fort Smith marshal Rooster Cogburn, among other memorable movie characters. The renowned John Wayne impersonator, Ermal Williamson, will present his show at the downtown Roxy Theater at 7:00 p.m.
Then at 9:00 on Saturday morning join us for an authentic chuck wagon breakfast served in the open behind Three Rivers Museum. The Three Rivers Museum and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will offer Native American dance and song, storytellers, an Old West Medicine Show, live music and western crafts and food vendors including barbecue, tamales, hot dogs, soul food, popcorn and more. And watch out, ‘cause there just might be an attempted train robbery and a shootout at the depot. Antique cars and collectibles, a magic show and vintage games for the kids are all part of the fun.
The afternoon brings a fun competition for visitors to the Depot District with the first annual Outhouse Races at 2:00 p.m. An evening concert at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame starting at 6:00 will round out Saturday’s events.
For more information or walking tour tickets contact Downtown Muskogee at 918-683-2400. For a full schedule of events, visit www.downtownmuskogee.org.
Downtown Muskogee, Inc.
P.O. Box 2065
Muskogee, OK 74402