CHEROKEE NATIONAL PRISON MUSEUM
The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in the entire Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced or accused prisoners from throughout the territory. It was built in 1875 and was created for the purpose of reformation as well as for punishment for offenders.
The principal chief had the power to pardon condemned men, with the advice and consent of his executive council, but this was rarely exercised. Built of sandstone rock, it was, "made to hold the most hardened and dangerous prisoners."
Under 5 Free
Tuesday - Saturday
10 am - 4 pm
Cherokee National Prison Museum
124 E. Choctaw St.
Tahlequah, OK 74464