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Tishomingo is a city of 3,000 people (2019) in the Chickasaw Country of Oklahoma. It was the capital of the Chickasaw Nation, from 1856 until Oklahoma statehood in 1907. It is the home of Murray State College.


The Chickasaw settled on Choctaw lands in the Indian Territory following the Trail of Tears. The nation became independent in 1856 when a treaty was signed in Washington giving the Chickasaw Nation full ownership of 4,707,903 acres of land and the right of independent government. The Chickasaw modeled their government after the United States, moving from a tribal council to a three-branch system consisting of legislative, executive and judicial branches. It created its first constitution in 1848, and elected officers in 1857. Tishomingo became the nation's capital at this time, having received its name from the Chickasaw warrior of the same name, Chief Tishomingo, who had died en route to Oklahoma.

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Chickasaw Nation Capitol building
  • 1 Chickasaw Nation Capitol building, 411 W Capitol Ave. between 8th and 9th Sts. Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 10AM-4PM (except during federal holidays). Romanesque building completed in 1898. Chickasaw Nation Capitols (Q5096200) on Wikidata Chickasaw Nation Capitols on Wikipedia
  • Chickasaw Council House and Museum, 209 N. Fisher (next door to the Capitol building), +1 580 371-3351. Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 10AM-4PM (except during federal holidays). It chronicles the history of the Chickasaw Tribe, including exhibits on their removal from tribal lands in present-day Mississippi during the Trail of Tears and their settlement in Oklahoma. The museum offers daily tours. It features a collection of Chickasaw artifacts, a genealogy research center and a one-room log Council House, built in 1853. The museum gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs, books, music and Chickasaw language materials. We also have pottery, jewelry, beadwork and other artwork by Chickasaw artists. Free.


  • Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge - Drive through thousands of protected acres flourishing with natural plants, trees and wild flowers. See whitetail deer, the "flying lemon", otter, rabbit, squirrel, and more. Walk through monarch flower beds and skip rocks on the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.
  • Blue River Public Fishing & Hunting Area - Make sure you have a valid hunting or fishing license, or pick up a weekend conservation pass to enter the area. Hike trails, cross over the low water bridge and view beautiful falls. Great for fly fishing rainbow trout, swimming and camping.


  • Ole Red Tishomingo, 214 W Main St, +1 580 257-2217. F Sa 11AM-9PM, Su-Th 11AM-8PM. As Blake Shelton’s biggest fans know, Ole Red gets its name from his chart- topping hit “Ol’ Red.” Drinks, scratch-made dishes, specialty desserts, and live entertainment. This small-town stage sees some pretty big talent, thanks to the partnership between Blake Shelton and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Live music all weekend long, and a regular schedule of special shows and events. Visit their website or social media for upcoming performances.
  • Murray on Main, 300 W Main, +1 580 371-0350. This boutique carries apparel for Murray State College (also located in Tishomingo) and a variety of unique gifts, clothing and accessories.
  • The Pickin' Parlor, 607 E Main St, +1 615 427-5224. Traditional country western music in a family-friendly atmosphere. Shows every Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM. $15 at the door, kids 12 and under free.




  • [dead link] The Ladysmith, 221 W Main St, +1 580-371-3886. This boutique bed and breakfast is owned by country singer Miranda Lambert. The decor matches her personal style, described as "Shabby chic meets rock and roll." The venue has a variety of themed suites and themed lounges available for rental. Accommodations include: bar, ballroom and dining.


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