Finley was originally called Cedar Church, and then Old Cedar Church, the name of a longstanding Choctaw Indian Methodist congregation established there during Indian Territory days. The congregation took its name from nearby Big Cedar Creek—then known as Cedar Creek. The church appears to have waned during the latter days of the Choctaw Nation, probably giving rise to the opportunity to rename the settlement after its first postmaster.
Finley successfully retains its status as a cohesive community, long after losing its school. It hosts cemetery clean-up days and community dinners in its community center. It continues to have a post office and store.
More information on Finley and the Big Cedar Creek valley may be found in the Pushmataha County Historical Society.
- Sidney W. Finley is buried at Antlers in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
- George H. Shirk, Oklahoma Place Names, pp. 78-79; Pushmataha County Cemeteries, p. 73; Post Office Site Location Reports, Record Group 28, National Archives.
- “James Brown Tims”, Indian-Pioneer Papers, Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.
- Weekly Finley column, Antlers American.
Finley OKlahoma no longert has a store guys!!
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