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Welcome to the Territorial Museum
museum For over 100 years, Henryetta has been home to thousands of people. Each of these have left their mark on the community, each has contributed to the town we have today.
Celebrate that heritage, be it miner, businessman, politician, cowboy or laborer, when you visit the Territorial Museum.
The Territorial Museum is housed in Henryetta’s original one-room school, constructed by W.B. Hudson in 1905 on the northwest corner of Fifth and Trudgeon with lumber hauled from Indiana.·
The building was moved across the street by a team of horses in 1926, but was left as it was hauled·with the back facing the street.
In 1983, the dilapidated building was moved to its current location at 410 W. Moore and restored to its original condition, with the addition of a small kitchen and an indoor privy.
The Museum, besides being the first school, also served as Henryetta’s first public library, First Presbyterian Church, VFW, American Legion, Boy Scout headquarters, Red Cross headquarters, dentist office and courtroom. It now, once again, plays an important role in the community as a center of activities and a major tourist attraction for our town.
The museum is the official home of the Joseph W. Hardin photography collection. Hardin was the official photographer for Governor "Alfalfa Bill" Murray and for the Frisco Railroad, was invited to presidential inaugurations for over 40 years, and even worked on the Panama Canal.
In addition to the photographic collection, the museum houses exhibits of two famous Henryetta citizens - football great Troy Aikman and Jim Shoulders, 16-time World Champion Cowboy and inventor of the mechanical bull. ·Jim Shoulders' 1955 championship saddle and other memorabilia are on display.
Coal mining, oil drilling and other local historical artifacts give the museum a unique quality not found in larger museums.
Directions
Henryetta is located at the junction of I-40 and Hwy-75 in Eastern Oklahoma.· The Territorial Museum is two blocks south of Main Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets at 410 West Moore Street.

 

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