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The Will Rogers Memorial Museum, located in Claremore, Okla.
WILL ROGERS MUSEUMS
Born in Oolagah, Indian Territory, Will Rogers was son to a prominent Cherokee senator, judge and cattleman. Visitors can see Rogers’ birthplace at the Dog Iron Ranch near Lake Oologah, or visit the Will Rogers Museum, located in Claremore, Okla.

Will Rogers Memorial Museum
The 16,652-square-foot, eight-gallery museum was built of fossilized limestone quarried nearby.
Opened in 1938, the main building was financed by a $200,000 appropriation by the Oklahoma Legislature. The east wing was added in 1982 using additional legislative appropriations. During the 1990-95 period, the entire museum was remodeled with $3 million in private and public funds.

The museum frames the family tomb in the sunken garden. Spread across the southern horizon is the Tiawah Valley. The 20-acre museum grounds, purchased by Will Rogers in 1911 for $500 an acre, was his planned retirement home site.

Following his untimely death, his widow and children donated the land, along with great parts of the collection.

Today, the eight-gallery Will Rogers Memorial Museum features a 2,400-square-foot library, 18,000 photographs, and thousands of original manuscripts, private letters, contracts and personal papers.

Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK 74017


Dog Iron Ranch
Visit Dog Iron Ranch and tour the log-walled, two-story post-Civil War home where Will Rogers was born on Nov. 4, 1879.

Built in 1875, the house is an example of the vernacular interpretation of the Greek revival style of architecture that was typical throughout the South during this period. (An almost identical house exists on the outskirts of Guntersville, Alabama.)

The Oologah house is a comparatively rare surviving example of buildings on the former Indian Territory frontier. Clem Rogers added clapboard siding and the place was called “the White House on the Verdigris.”

Dog Iron Ranch also features an era-correct barn with a climate-controlled classroom and historical video program that runs throughout the day. The 400-acre ranch, located on the shore of Lake Oologah, is also home to Texas Longhorn cattle and other livestock. 

Picnic areas, a grass airstrip and RV hook-ups (April-September) are also available.

Dog Iron Ranch
S. 4120 Road and 30 Road
Oologah, OK 74053​