DescriptionThe end of the Seminole Indians' “Trail of Tears” journey from Florida, Wewoka became the capital of the Seminole Nation in 1866. Homesteaders appeared at the beginning of the 20th century with the arrival of the Rock Island Railroad. The town became one of the state's leading oil producers overnight with the discovery of the rich Greater Seminole Field in 1926.
The sudden swell in population caused freighting problems for the railroad and stocking problems for local merchants, who were forced to explain to customers that their goods were lost in the “Wewoka Switch.” This excuse was used so often that the phrase “caught in a Wewoka Switch” became a popular way of saying that one was caught between a rock and a hard place.
Visitor InfoWewoka Chamber of Business and Industry 101 W. Park St. WEWOKA, OK 74884. Phone:(405)257-5485
Things to SeeSeminole Nation Museum