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Alva is a business center for the surrounding ranching and farming region. The town was named after Santa Fe Railroad lawyer Alva Adams, who later was elected governor of Colorado. As one of four land-office towns for the opening of the Cherokee Outlet in 1893, Alva was an integral part of the settlement of more than 6 million acres, including what later became Woods County.
Alva is home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, known for its programs in teaching, business, pre-law and pre-medicine.
The city began a mural project in the late 1990s, adding one or two new artistic creations each year, most concentrated around the downtown square. Many of the murals portray historical or cultural aspects of Alva, including depictions of the 1893 Cherokee Strip land run, threshing, a wheat harvest and a one-room county school.

Visitor Info
Alva Area Chamber of Commerce 502 Oklahoma Blvd. ALVA, OK 73717. Phone:(580)327-1647

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Cherokee Strip Museum
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