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Craig County

Craig County is named for Granville Craig, who was prominent Cherokee.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Labette County, Kansas

E – Ottawa County and Delaware County 

S – Mayes County

W – Rogers County and Nowata County

 

Created:  July 16, 1907                          Map of Oklahoma highlighting Craig County

County Seat:

Vinita  1907 – present

 

County Courthouse – Vinita 

 

Location:  216 West Delaware Avenue / South Scraper Street

Built:  2005 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  BKL Incorporated of Tulsa

Contractor:  SGS, LLC of Oklahoma City

 

Description: The building faces south and is a three story red and white colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vinita. The first story is faced with white colored brick and the upper stories have red colored brick with horizontal bands of white. There is a large clock in the center of each side of the building. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 12th Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect, BKL Incorporated of Tulsa, designed courthouses in Mayes County, Ottawa County and Payne County.

 

See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Mayes County and Rogers County.

 

Former County Courthouse – Vinita ( demolished )

 

 

Location:  214 West Canadian Avenue / Smith Street

Built:  1920 – 1921

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Layton, Smith and Forsyth

Contractor:  Manhattan Construction Company

 

Description: The building faced north and was a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vinita. The first story entrance was framed with white colored stone. A horizontal band run below the second story windows and four vertical pillars run from the second story to the top of the third story. There was a wide stone band below the flat roof line. In the interior, the former courtroom was located on the third story. The architect was Layton, Smith and Forsyth and the contractor was Manhattan Construction Company. The building was demolished in 2018.

 

See: The architect, Layton and Forsyth ( and associated firms ), designed courthouses in Beckham County, Carter County, Creek County, Grady CountyGreer County, Harmon County, Jefferson County, McIntosh County, Muskogee County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Pittsburg County and Washita County.

 

See: The contractor, Manhattan Construction Company, constructed courthouses in Oklahoma in Bryan County, Creek County, Garvin County, Logan County, Muskogee County, Noble County, Oklahoma CountyPawnee County and Tulsa County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Craig County Courthouse

 

See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Mayes County and Rogers County.

 

History:  In 1902, Northern District of the Federal Court was established in Vinita. The county was created in 1907 and Vinita was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was constructed in 1920 to 1921. The building was demolished in 2018. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 2005 to 2006.

 

 

County Courthouse – Vinita

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former County Courthouse ( demolished ) – Vinita

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009