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Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

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Built in 1875, the house is an example of the vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival style of architecture typical throughout the South. (An almost identical house exists on the outskirts of Guntersville, Alabama, a town founded by Will Rogers’ great grandfather.) The Oologah house is a comparatively rare surviving example of buildings on the former Indian Territory frontier. Clem Rogers added clapboard siding and the place was called “The White House on the Verdigris.” When Mary Rogers died in 1890, Clem Rogers moved to Claremore, but for fifteen years, the house had been a seat of power and site of culture.

The first floor is 1,536 square feet—48 by 32. The house was built with 10-inch logs, hand-hewed from indigenous oak, hickory and walnut hardwood. The logs extend past the second story and support the roof. 2 stone chimneys support 4 open fireplaces. Typical for the times, the house was built from two main 16-foot-by-16-foot “front rooms,” divided by a dog trot that, when enclosed, became a foyer. A lean-to makes up the kitchen, dining room and spare bedroom. 2 bedrooms are located upstairs over the 2 “front rooms.”

Be sure to check out the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In every year in August!