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With a rich history steeped in Native American culture, famous cowboys, singers, playwrights, and a romantic connection to Route 66, Claremore continues to provide interesting experiences for residents and visitors alike. Now a modern community home to an accredited four-year university, global manufacturing and diverse experiences, Claremore offers a uniquely Oklahoma lifestyle with wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and a deep love and appreciation for community. In the spirit of own storytellers Will Rogers and Lynn Riggs, who shared our humor with the world and made everyone fall in love with Oklahoma, we remain proud of our roots and continued transformation. We wish you were here!

THE CITY’S NAMESAKE

Claremore’s history dates back long before statehood. Today, Claremore is located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation and home to many Cherokee citizens, but its origins are closely connected to the Osage tribe—particularly to an Osage leader named Chief Clermont.

In April 1817, the Western Cherokees attacked the Osage in what is known as the Battle of Claremore Mound, which took place about six miles north of Claremore on the banks of the Verdigris River. While the Osage were not victorious in the battle, Claremore’s founding fathers wanted to name the town, established in 1893, after the famous Osage chief. Due to a spelling error with the postal service, “Clermont” became “Claremore,” as it is still known today.

ABOUT WILL ROGERS

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor.

Known as Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time, and was the highest-paid Hollywood movie star.

Rogers’s vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with firsthand accounts of his world travels.

Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.

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OKLAHOMA’S FASTEST-GROWING UNIVERSITY

Claremore is home to the Tulsa metropolitan area’s only four-year residential public university, Rogers State University, which opened in 1909 (as Eastern University Preparatory School), just two years after Oklahoma became a state. The school was founded to prepare the sons and daughters of Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers for entry into the colleges and universities of Oklahoma. Later it became Oklahoma Military Academy, and the young cadets were often spotted walking down the hill to downtown Claremore to take in a movie or buy a milkshake. After stints as Claremore Junior College and Rogers State College, RSU was granted accreditation as a four-year institution in 2000. Today, it is Oklahoma’s fastest-growing university.

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EXPERIENCE CLAREMORE
EXPLORE
Located along America’s Mother Road and home to Oklahoma’s favorite son, Claremore has a rich history and plenty to explore.
EAT
Claremore is brimming with delicious eateries, from local flavors to nationwide chains. Here is your guide to a few of our local favorites.
STAY
From your favorite national brands to quaint Route 66 motels, Claremore’s accommodations offer something for everyone.