Okmulgee is a Muscogee Creek word, meaning "bubbling water."
Okmulgee began as Indian Territory in the 1800's. The Muscogee Creek Tribe, following the trail of tears, were relocated to the Okmulgee area. Still today, Okmulgee is honored to be the capitol of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Creek Council House
In the mid 1800's, the Creek Council House (the tribal house of government for the Creek tribe) was built in Okmulgee and our community's first mercantile stores and businesses built up around the Council House. Today, the Creek Council House, a National Historic Landmark, is a wonderful museum, showcasing Muscogee (Creek) art and history.