Vinita is a city in south-central Craig County, Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,743,a decrease of 11.3 percent from 6,742 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Craig County.
Downtown Vinita (2008)
Location of Vinita within Oklahoma
Vinita was established in 1871 by Elias Cornelius Boudinot. In 1889, gunman and lawman Tom Threepersons was born there. It was the first city in the state with electricity. The city was first named "Downingville", and was a primarily Native Americancommunity. It was later renamed "Vinita" after Boudinot's friend, sculptor Vinnie Ream.The city was incorporated in Indian Territory in 1898.
Eastern State Hospital, a state mental health facility, was constructed in 1912 and admitted the first patients in January 1913. It was one of the county's largest employers until its operations were reduced during the 1990s.
A McDonald's bridge-restaurant built over the top of Interstate 44, called the Glasshouse McDonald's, is the world's largest McDonald's restaurant in terms of area, occupying 29,135 square feet (2,706.7 m2).It was formerly known as the Glass House Restaurant. In 2013 and 2014 the "Glasshouse" received a $14.6 million renovation. At its grand reopening on December 22, 2014, it was renamed the "Will Rogers Archway".
Vinita is located in northeastern Oklahoma, a region of the state known as Green Country. It sits at the base of the Ozark Highlands topographical region in a mix of prairie and forest. It is located in southern Craig County at (36.641193, -95.156676).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km2), all land.