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Claremore Museum of History
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Rollie Lynn Riggs was born in 1899, 3 miles southwest of Claremore in Indian Territory. He became an internationally famous author and playwright of Green Grow the Lilacs, from which the musical Oklahoma. was adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The play, set in 1900 in Claremore, is a vibrantly descriptive and colorful tale of life in Indian Territory. Many of the characters were based upon Riggs’ own family and close friends from the Claremore area. The Lynn Riggs Memorial, located inside the Claremore Museum of History, houses the original surrey with the fringe on top from the movie, Oklahoma!