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Park Hill is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States.[4] The population was 3,909 at the 2010 census.[5] It lies near Tahlequah, east of the junction of U.S. Route 62 and State Highway 82.

Founded in 1838, Park Hill became the home of many important Cherokee leaders, including John Ross after their removal from the southeastern U.S. It has been called "the center of Cherokee culture."


Park Hill was a pre-established hamlet that became the home for many of the Cherokee after coming from the East on the "Trail of Tears". In 1829 the Park Hill Mission was established.[6] The mission had one of the earliest presses in Oklahoma, the Park Hill Mission Press. The first post office was established at Park Hill on May 18, 1838.[6] It was in Park Hill that Chief John Ross made his home in 1839,[7] as well as his nephew-in-law George Murrell, whose home still stands.[7] On May 6, 1847, the post office was moved to Tahlequah.[6] The Cherokee Female Seminary was built here in 1849.[7]

Park Hill was the center of culture for the Cherokees for many years,[6] and as such in 1940 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Oklahoma erected a marker at Park Hill declaring it the "Center of Cherokee culture".

The post office at Park Hill was re-established April 22, 1892.[6]

In and around Park Hill are several important sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Murrell Home, the Park Hill Mission Cemetery (also known as the Worcester cemetery),[8] the Ross Cemetery, and the original Cherokee Female Seminary. The Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, was built on the former grounds of the Female Seminary. The Echota Ceremonial Ground has been located in Park Hill since 2001, on the north side of town.[9][10]

Park Hill Mission, which antedated the community, was founded in 1829. The first person buried in Park Hill Mission Cemetery was Elias Boudinot, founder of the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, who was assassinated in Park Hill on June 23, 1839. Samuel Worcester and his two wives were also interred here. The last burial in this cemetery was a Worcester daughter, Ann Eliza Worcester Robertson. in 1905. This cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 2006.[8]


Arts and crafts booths at Cherokee National Holiday in Park Hill, 2007

Park Hill is located south of the center of Cherokee County and is bordered to the north by Tahlequah, the county seat. U.S. Route 62 leads north to Tahlequah and southwest 25 miles (40 km) to Muskogee, while Oklahoma State Highway 82 leads south 31 miles (50 km) to Vian.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Park Hills CDP has a total area of 34.9 square miles (90.4 km2), of which 34.4 square miles (89.1 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 1.48%, is water.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 3,909 people, 1,260 households, and 986 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 113.3 inhabitants per square mile (43.7/km2). There were 1,437 housing units at an average density of 41.6 per square mile (16.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 43.4% White, 1.3% African American, 40.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 4% from other races, and 10.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.

There were 1,254 households, out of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 20.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 30.8% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.[13]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,135, and the median income for a family was $37,299. Males had a median income of $32,308 versus $29,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,816. About 37.8% of families and 40.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 64.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.[14]


The zoned school districts that include parts of the Park Hill CDP include Tahlequah Public Schools, Keys Public School, and Woodall Public School.[15]

Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion School are in Park Hill CDP.[16][17][18]

Parks and recreation

The tribal softball fields are in Park Hill.[19]

Notable people from Park Hill



  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Park Hill, Oklahoma
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Park Hill, Oklahoma
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Park Hill CDP, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e Shirk, George (1987). Oklahoma Place Names. Norman, Oklahoma, United States of America: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 288. ISBN 9780806120287.
  7. ^ a b c Morris, John (1977). Ghost Towns of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780806114200.
  8. ^ a b [United States Department of the Interior. National Park Service. "Park Hill Mission Cemetery - National Register of Historic Places Registration Form." December 6, 2006. Accessed March 4, 2016]
  9. ^ Chavez, Will (January 17, 2015). "Echota Ceremonial Ground has long history in area". Cherokee Phoenix (in English and Cherokee). Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Murphy, Jami (February 17, 2015). "Stomp dance raises money for Cherokee family". Cherokee Phoenix (in English and Cherokee). Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "2010 U.S. Census: Profile of General Population and Housing". Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  13. ^ "2010 U.S. Census: Age Groups and Sex". Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  14. ^ "American Community Survey 2006-2010 5-Year Estimates: Selected Economic Characteristics". Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Cherokee County, OK" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  16. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Park Hill CDP, OK" (PDF). U.S. Census. Retrieved October 12, 2020. - The land with Sequoyah HS is on page 3.
    2000 Map: "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: PARK HILL CDP" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2020. - page 3
  17. ^ "Home". Sequoyah High School. Retrieved October 12, 2020. 17091 S. Muskogee Ave.Tahlequah, OK 74465 - Compare the address to the CDP maps.
  18. ^ "Cherokee Immersion Charter Sch 11T001". Oklahoma Department of Education. 16951 W Cherokee St, Tahlequah, OK, 74465 - Compare the address to the U.S. Census Bureau maps. Please note the school is not (as of 2020) in the Tahlequah city limits. The city of Houston stated in 1996 that the US Postal Service does not match city names of postal addresses to actual municipal boundaries.
  19. ^ "Cherokee Nation calendar of events for August". Cherokee Phoenix. August 1, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2022. [...]the CN Softball Fields on Cherokee Street in Park Hill.

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