Atoka Museum & Confederate Cemetery

Atoka Museum & Confederate Cemetery

Atoka Museum & Confederate Cemetery

Atoka Museum & Confederate Cemetery
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D W
Dallas, TX25 contributions
I pass through here often. And was glad I stopped here today. Good local history, with nice exhibits of county history and local legends.

Was especially glad to see the exhibit of Lane Frost - who I knew growing up, and surprised to see that red and black hat!
Written December 19, 2013
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RockingT-Ranch
Edmond, OK216 contributions
Lots of interesting history that gets passed up easily. There is a super cool confederate graveyard behind the museum! Also, a small dinosaur skeleton on display that is really neat!
Highly recommend stopping here...
Written January 4, 2014
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A M
Shawnee, OK73 contributions
Family
I love county museums and I wish they got more funding. There were items and information from the battle itself. There is a skeleton of a baby dinosaur. In the second room, there is an exhibit of Lane Frost among other things. They had one of those old hair curling things that takes a second to sink in what it was for because it looks like some method of electrocution. It's the second time I have seen one and I don't know what they are called. The cemetery is kind of small and there are gravestones that are illegible or nonexistent. Those that are buried that have been identified have a newer head stone providing the name. There were a couple of times I thought I was standing on a grave with no marker at all. Nice little stop on a road trip and probably took about 1 hour and 15 minutes at most.
Written December 30, 2017
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KRISTYFOXROCKS
Tulsa, OK26 contributions
Solo
The road sign reads, Confederate Cemetery and Info Center. I like old cemeteries, so I decided to stop. This place is a rest stop, information center, and a museum. They have fun souvenirs and postcards for sale and lots of things to see. If you're a history buff, you must visit.

A short walk from the museum is the Confederate Cemetery. It is small and well-kept and doesn't take long to read all of the headstones. The grounds are picturesque with lots of shade trees, picnic tables, and a pavilion. There are also public restrooms which were nice and clean. This is a perfect place for a picnic. Along with the cemetery, there is a church, originally built in the Boggy Bend community, a log cabin, and house from the 1800's.

After touring the grounds, I went back inside the museum where I signed the guestbook and enjoyed talking to Cathy. She was a great source of local information and a pleasure to talk to.

This is a beautiful place to spend the day and take in local history. All of these things are offered free to the public, so there is no excuse why you shouldn't make this a stop on your next trip through Atoka, Oklahoma.
Written January 29, 2017
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Tex595v
Springtown, TX12 contributions
Couples
Would have like to spend time here,but was closed not open on weekend. You would think that's when they would be
Written August 14, 2016
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okiesooner09
Oklahoma361 contributions
Couples
We had driven through Atoka a number of times and I had never noticed this museum. I discovered it on the internet and this time I was seeking it out. It is right on Hwy 69 about a mile north of town on the east side of the road. It has a tiny sign that you don’t notice as you zip by. This is a really nice museum; spacious, uncluttered and well laid out. Like all small town museums, there were rooms decorated like an old time kitchen, general store, etc. There was a small battle fought here during the Civil War. They have a wonderful Civil War exhibit with dioramas, numerous artifacts and displays. I was impressed by a small, reconstructed dinosaur that was excavated nearby. Reba McEntire is from the area and donated several items of clothing she had worn on stage. There was also an interesting Clyde Barrow display from the shootout in nearby Stringtown. (The last time we were through here we stopped at the Stringtown highway marker describing this shootout). They have a Tommy gun, items from the car Clyde stole, even bullets pulled from the body of a policeman that was killed.

The entire area is a commemorative site. The old Butterfield Stage Line route is marked. They have moved in an old church and a log cabin. Behind this is the Confederate Cemetery, the only one on Oklahoma. It has several graves of soldiers killed in the battle. We spent an enjoyable hour browsing through everything. The ladies that run it were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Please note that the map for this listing does not show the location correctly. The museum is a mile north of Atoka.
Written August 13, 2015
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AARDVARKKILLER
Los Angeles, California879 contributions
Solo
So I was passing by the rest stop sign and pulled in to this little gem.

Lots of history and displays, lots of local history. I noticed a man that was talking about his descendants and he was looking for information to fill his family tree.

This great place, has all kinds of amazing displays, of how life was. Even stories about the Clyde Barrow gang, and their killing of a local policeman, and one officer who survived, and the removed bullets on display.

This rakes about 30 minutes, and is certainly worth the price of admission, which by the way is 0.00

Clean nice restrooms as well
Written September 11, 2014
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Rae
Lawton, OK58 contributions
Family
Both sides of my family are from the Atoka and Coal county areas of southwestern Oklahoma. My families have had stories, and yarns too, all of my life and while visiting the museum in Atoka, I was able to put together parts of my rich and colorful history! Stories of Bonnie and Clyde and of Native Americans that are included in my genealogy came alive as I viewed the important historical artifacts and read the documents. The short walk through times of past deepened my gratitude and respect for those who have worked so hard to preserve our culture and honor our descendants. The gift shop is filled with a wonderful library of books and memoirs of people and cultures that could have been forgotten but will live on for our young people to know.
Written June 17, 2014
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,109 contributions
We spotted this place on a little sign as we were driving by and turned around to check it out. This was during October of the pandemic so the museum wasn't open but we were able to enjoy the cemetery. This was such a sad place to discover because the Confederate soldiers buried here were left to die. They were too ill to travel with their regiment because they had measles. Maybe it was better than dying of a gunshot wound, I don't know.
Written October 30, 2020
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Shelly J
6 contributions
Family
Love this place and very educational! Thank you for having this here in town. I will definitely return.
Written May 7, 2019
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