Letter from Director
Greetings from the Santa Fe Depot Museum, home of the Pottawatomie County Historical Society. Our purpose is to promote and preserve the history and historical artifacts of Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma for the benefit of posterity.
The museum building opened in 1904 as a station for the Santa Fe Railroad. It has been operated as a museum since 1982 and contains material and artifacts that have been gathered since the founding of the organization in 1926.
We look forward to your visit to the museum. You will quickly observe that the collection has outgrown the capacity of this facility. The Historical Society is currently raising funds to build an additional museum on land north of the depot. When it is completed and in operation, the collection will be more accessible. The Santa Fe Depot will continue to be operated as a museum and will feature the railroad and transportation history of our county.
When you visit, save time to stop by Centennial Park which is adjacent to the museum grounds. There you will find information about the many organizations and businesses that have been in the county for 100 or more years. The park also features a monument to Louise Fluke, Shawnee native who designed the flag of the State of Oklahoma.
We look forward to your visit. Museum hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. We are closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Ken Fullbright, Executive Director