Once a part of Arkansas, this county was created at statehood, and named for the Sequoyah District of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Sequoyah was the Cherokee linguist who developed an alphabet for his people. Sallisaw is the county seat. In 1816 the land encompassing Sequoyah County was purchased by Major William Lovely from the Osage Indians as a hunting outlet for the Cherokees. During the removal of 1835, a group of Cherokees settled permanently in this area. Tahlonteeskee, located in Sequoyah County, was the Cherokee capital until 1839. Agriculture is a mainstay of the county's economy, with grain and cattle being major products. Applegate Cove, Cowlington Point, and Short Mountain Cove are among the many campgrounds available in the county. Lake Tenkiller and Robert S. Kerr Reservoir also afford recreational opportunities. Blue Ribbon Downs racetrack, Oklahoma's first pari-mutuel horse racing track, is another county tourist attraction, as is Sequoyah's home in Sallisaw. Location: Sequoyah County in eastern Oklahoma borders the state of Arkansas. Climate: The average precipitation is 57.0 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 41.4 and July's average is 80.0. County Seat: Sallisaw Distances: Sallisaw to: Muskogee - 51 miles Tulsa - 101 miles Land Area: 715 square miles consisting of rolling hills, a major lake and two major stream systems

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