Muskogee (/məˈskoʊɡiː/) is a city in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. It is thecounty seat of Muskogee County, and home to Bacone College. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census,making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.
The 1951 film Jim Thorpe, All American, starring Burt Lancaster, was filmed on the campus ofBacone Indian College at Muskogee. Two feature films were recently shot in Muskogee:Salvation (2007) and Denizen (2010).
The Katy Hotel and Depot in Muskogee, 1907 at the time of Oklahoma statehood.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.8 square miles (100 km2), of which 37.3 square miles (97 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (3.69%) is water. Muskogee is near the confluence of the Arkansas River, Verdigris River and Grand River.
Muskogee lies in the Arkansas River Valley and has a low, sea-level elevation compared to much of the rest of the state. The city is on the boundary of the oak and hickory forest region of eastern Oklahoma and the prairie, Great Plains region of northeastern Oklahoma. It is a suburban community of Tulsa.
The city's climate is considerably warmer and more humid than other parts of the state
Muskogee is home to Honor Heights Park, a World War I memorial park, notable for its azaleas and the annual Azalea Festival held each April. During the winter, people from across all 50 states travel to Muskogee to see Honor Heights transformed into the Garden of Lights, a 132-acre (0.53 km2) Christmas lights display.
Muskogee has six museums. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum preserves the art and culture of the Five Civilized Tribes. The U.S.S. Batfish and War Memorial Park's major attraction is the submarine USS Batfish. The Three Rivers Museum chronicles the history of the Three Rivers area and the railroads that helped create it. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has been honoring Oklahoma musicians since 1997. The Thomas-Foreman Historic Home is an 1898 farm house preserved with the furnishings of the Indian Territory Judge John R. Thomas and his daughter and son-in-law Grant and Carolyn Foreman, Oklahoma historians and authors. The Ataloa Lodge is on the campus of Bacone College.
Two feature films were recently shot in Muskogee through a tax incentive program offered by the state: Salvation (2007) and Denizen (2010). Writer and director J.A. Steel produced both films.
Film Star & Producer Ford Austin premiered his cult smash feature film "Cerebral Print: the Secret Files at the Roxy Theatre in 2003. The theatre sold out. The following year, Mr. Austin went on to shoot his Award winning short film " The Lady Blades" on Main Street with his longtime friends And Muskogee natives Oscar Ray & Shiron Butterfly of the Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival.
Muskogee is home to the Castle of Muskogee. The Castle hosts Fourth of July Fireworks sales, a Halloween festival 'Haunted Castle', a drive-thru Christmas Kingdom, and the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, founded in 1995. The Renaissance festival draws in thousands each year, hosting jousts, dancing, vendors and other events.
At the center of Muskogee's flourishing arts scene is Muskogee Little Theatre (MLT). MLT was established in 1972 from the unused Sequoyah Elementary School. The theatre puts on up to eight shows per year including youth theatre, senior theatre, holiday shows, and general community productions. The theatre is also committed to education and development arts programs including Youth Theatre camp, voice lessons, mentorships, weekend workshops and more.
The City of Muskogee Foundation provides grants to community organizations and non-profit groups throughout the Muskogee community.