Blue County, Choctaw Nation

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Blue County was a political subdivision of the Pushmataha District of the Choctaw Nation, in the Indian Territory. The county was dissolved upon Oklahoma’s statehood in 1907. The territory comprising the former county is incorporated primarily into the present-day Bryan County, Oklahoma. It was created November 6, 1854 from the former Tiger Spring County by the Choctaw Nation.[1]

Blue County took its name from the Blue River, an important waterway in the Choctaw Nation. Chahta Tamaha was designated as the county seat on February 18, 1863.[1]The last county seat was Caddo, Indian Territory—the present-day Caddo, Oklahoma, which was also the largest town in Blue County prior to the coming of the railroads.[2] Blue County was bordered on its north by Atoka County, Choctaw Nation and on its east by Jackson County, Choctaw Nation. To its west was the Chickasaw Nation.[3] Originally larger than in later years, Blue County lost territory when a new county, Jackson County, was carved out of Atoka County, Blue County and Kiamitia County in 1886.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "An Act entitled An act removing to and locating the county seat of Blue County at Chahta Tamaha. In Constitution and Laws of the Choctaw Nation. Available on Google Books. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Bryan County. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Milligan, James C.
  3. ^ John W. Morris, Historical Atlas of Oklahoma, Plate 38.
  4. ^ Angie Debo, The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic, p. 152.