Pawhuska is located in central Osage County and is the county seat and largest community. The town began in 1872 when Osage Agent Isaac T. Gibson established the Osage Agency on Bird Creek in what was then, Indian Territory. The settlement was named in honor of chief Pa-hu-scah (White Hair), a chief of the Osage Tribe. The Indian Herald, the village’s first newspaper, was started in 1875, and the Pawhuska post office opened in 1876. America’s first Boy Scout Troop was organized at Pawhuska in 1909. Pawhuska is the Capital of the Osage Nation and is home to the Osage Nation Museum which is the oldest tribally owned and operated museum in the United States. Annual community events are the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping and the International Round-up Club’s Cavalcade, the world’s largest amateur rodeo. Also, home of the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and the World Famous Buckin’ Flamingo.
SEE where “Killers of the Flower Moon” the Movie, staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Di Niro and Directed by Martin Scorsese will be filmed here in the Historic Streets of Pawhuska. Based on the book, by the same name…
“KILLERS of the FLOWER MOON”
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Prepare to experience a unique insight into the world of the Osage and see firsthand where history was made, based on a case in the 1920’s. Pawhuska is the home and Capital of the Osage Nation. Today Osage County is the home of over 3,000 Osage out of 22,000 in the Nation. These numbers are a far cry from what they should be, where as there are under 8 FULL BLOOD Osage still alive. All of this can be traced back to the 1920’s where the wholesale murder of the Osage began. The ripples in time from this dark myriad of events can still be felt and seen today. The Osage are a strong people and their Cultural Heritage is still alive and thriving here in the Osage Hills.
Come VISIT some of the most prominent locations in Pawhuska that are mentioned in the book. Walk our streets and look upon the Rich History that created this amazing town established in 1906 and the journey into the Present. Learn the History that made Pawhuska and the Osage people what they are today. Come experience all that Pawhuska has to offer. Tours available by appointment only. See you in the streets 🙂