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Sequoyah is a very small town located on Route 66 next to Claremore. It is named after the inventor of the Cherokee script.

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About Sequoyah, Oklahoma

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 669 ft. (204 m). Population: 671 (2000 census).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Secuoyah is a tiny town located on Route 66 in Rogers County, northeastern Oklahoma, between Chelsea and Claremore.

Sequoyah, Route 66

View of Route 66 in Sequoyah, Okla.
Route 66 in Sequoyah Oklahoma click on image for street view

Route 66 crosses the small community with a notheast to southwest course.

Sequoyah's History

See Claremore, History for full information on the region's history.

A post office was opened at Sequoyah on August 10, 1871. Later a railway stop of the A&P railroad was built at the site.

It is said that the town changed its name to Beulah in 1909 and in 1913 it went back to the original name. Behulah was the name of the daughter of the Postmaster, Mr. Taylor. However a Rogers County map clearly shows that Beulah was loated north of Sequoyah, and 4 miles south of Foyil.

It is a very small rural community which became part of Route 66 when the highway was created in 1926. However, even in the heyday of Route 66, as per Jack DeVere Rittenhouse's book "A Guide Book to Highway 66 of 1946, the town only had "...a dozen homes, one gas station and store".

The Name Sequoyah

The town's name honors Sequoya, the inventor of the Cherokee language alphabet

He was born in Tennessee, ca. 1770, the son af a white man, Nahtaniel Gist, and an Indian woman. His father abandoned them when Sequoyah was a child.

He became a silversmith and blacksmith, and was a good artist. He also devised a written alphabet for the Cherokee language which he finished in 1821.

He moved to Arkansas in 1818 and in 1828, he explored the lands in Oklahoma that the Federal government would give the Cherokee in exchange for their territories east of the Mississippi.

He then moved to what is nowadays Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. He died in Mexico in 1843 during an expedition there.

His is the first and only case of somebody who never learned to read or write and created on his own a new written language.

Sequoyah, a portrait

A lithograph from the portrait painted by Charles Bird King in 1828

Did you know that the gigantic redwood tree, Sequoia sempervirens is the tallest tree in the world and that the giant sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum is the largest tree and living creature by volume? Both were named Sequoia in his honor, and so was the Sequoia National Park in California

Where to Stay

There are several hotels in neighboring Vinita and Claremore near Sequoyah. Below is a list of lodging in towns along Route 66 close to it:

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Weather in Sequoyah

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Location of Sequoyah on Route 66

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Tornado Risk: Sequoyah lies within the "Tornado Alley in Oklahoma and experiences some 8 Tornado watches every year.

Read more about: the risk of Tornadoes on Route66.

Getting to Sequoyah

It is 14 miles southwest of Chelsea and 34 mi. from Vinita.

To the southwest, along Route 66 (5 mi.) is Claremore.

Map of Route 66 through Sequoyah Oklahoma

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Route 66's alignment in Oklahoma: the Historic Route 66 through Sequoyah

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Read below for more information on Route 66's alignment in Sequoyah.

Route 66 landmarks & attractions

Sights in Sequoyah

Sequoyah is a very small town, just north of Claremore, along Route 66 in Oklahoma. It is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rogers County.

Sequoyah Trivia

The town is the setting for the 2000 film Where the Heart Is, starring Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman

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Historic Route 66 alignment

Learn more about alignment of Historic Route-66 through Oklahoma.

Natural Attractions

National & State Parks

See the nearby places ideal for outdoor recreation and enjoying nature here: State Parks near Sequoya - Claremore

Sources

Bob Burke, Eric Dabney, Historic Rogers County: An illustrated history, pp. 37

George H. Shirk, Oklahoma Place Names, pp. 167.

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