Oklahoma | 2002 Great American Main Street Award® Winner | Posted: 4/8/2002
Like many Oklahoma cities, the downturn in the oil business in the early 1980s had a devastating impact on the Okmulgee community. Loss of major industries, strip malls, and a major fire in the central business district made Okmulgee a relative ghost town.
To fight back, Okmulgee became one of the first cities in Oklahoma to start a Main Street rehabilitation project. This revitalization was the work of passionate citizens, merchant groups, and city officials who came together to restore the Creek Council House on the Downtown Square, a National Historic Landmark, which today showcases Muscogee Creek art and history. With over 300 rehabilitation projects completed and ground-floor retail occupancy at 85 percent, property rates have doubled.