In November, the Cherokee Nation purchased Roger’s birthplace from the Oklahoma Historical Society. The 162-acre property situated in Oologah (35 miles north of Tulsa) includes a ranch-style home converted into a museum that depicts life on a 19th-century ranch in what was then Indian Territory. “It’s a special place for the Cherokee Nation and for the state of Oklahoma,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in announcing the deal. “But we can make it even more special.” Visitors tour the Greek revival-style ranch house owned by the family of the beloved cowboy humorist, whose father was born in the Going Snake district of the Cherokee Nation in 1839. Forty years later – at the time of Will Rogers’ birth – the family’s ranching operation totaled 60,000 acres and had become a beef-production powerhouse. The Cherokee Nation plans to restore and preserve the site.
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