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General County Information

County Seat: Muskogee

Named for the Muscogee Creek Indians, Muskogee County was created at statehood. The city of Muskogee, the county seat, became the focal point for the Five Civilized Tribes when the Union Agency established its headquarters in what is now Honor Heights Park. The old Union Agency Building is now the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and the famous Azalea Festival is held in the park each April. The park is also home to the Garden of Lights in December. Other attractions to the county include: USS Batfish, a World War II submarine anchored at Port of Muskogee; Bacone College, established in 1879 as a university for Indians, and Bacone College Indian Museum; Fort Gibson Stockade, built in 1824 to protect area settlers and the oldest military post in Oklahoma; and Honey Springs Battlefield, site of the largest Civil War battle fought in Oklahoma. Muskogee County's economy is based primarily on agriculture, but oil, industry and recreation have also been part of the building of this county's economics. The city of Muskogee itself is within 30 minutes of five major lakes.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
Bret Smith, Norman D. Thygesen, Special Judges Robin W. Adair, Weldon Stout

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Favorability to Defendant: 2

Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Bret Smith, Norman D. Thygesen, Special Judges Robin W. Adair, Weldon Stout

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Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes.

Date: 12/17/08
Case Style: State of Oklahoma v LaQuita Inn and Suites
Outcome: refund more than $2,200 to almost 70 consumers
Description: Price gouging during December 2007 ice storm

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Date: 03/10/06
Case Style: Lane v. McGowan
Judge: Norman Thygesen
Outcome: Defense verdict.
Description: Medical malpractice.

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Date: 06/22/05
Case Style: Eaves v Tyler District
Judge: A. Carl Robinson
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $4,844.02
Description: Auto Accident

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Date: 05/16/01
Case Style: Jeter v. Broadway Manor Health Care Center
Judge: Garrett
Outcome: Settled for $101,000
Description: Nursing home negligence involving a fall while Vanderlift slings were in use.

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Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
May 2018: 4.7%
December 2017: 4.9%
December 2016: 5.6%
December 2015: 4.5%
December 2014: 5.0%
December 2013: 6.2%
December 2012: 6.6%
December 2011: 7.1%
December 2010: 7.8%

Major Employers:
At statehood, the economy was based primarily on agriculture and ranching. The main crops in the county were corn, cotton, and wheat. Agricultural service industries consisted mainly of cotton gins, grain mills, and stockyards. Cotton production declined dramatically during the Great Depression and was replaced by soybeans, wheat, feed grains, and grasses. Truck farming became important during and after World War II, leading to the development of a canning and food-processing industry. Other economic activities included oil, gas, and coal production, but these activities never reached the levels achieved in other regions. Sand and gravel pits, along with brick and glass manufacturing, developed and remained important employment sources. O. W. Coburn built an optical business that became one of the largest in the nation and employed hundreds of workers. Other industrialists included the Buddrus family, who began Acme Engineering, and the Rooney family who founded Manhattan Construction. State and federal employment has long been important, primarily in education and veterans' services. Light manufacturing and healthcare as well as social services provide jobs for residents. The town of Taft has two state correctional facilities, Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center for women and Jess Dunn Correctional Center for men. Steamboats had plied the Arkansas River throughout much of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, dedicated in 1971, opening the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers to year-round commercial traffic and leading to the development of the Port of Muskogee.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,734,066
County Total: 30,984

Poverty Populations:
State: 15.8%
County: 24.8%

Median Household Income:
State: $49,767
County: $41,329

State: 3,943,079
County: 69,086

These materials are intended merely as an aid to better understand the counties in Oklahoma. The opinions of other lawyers in the state may vary from the opinions contained herein. The demographical information and jury verdicts in this report were obtained through public websites. All other information is the express opinion of Holden Litigation. Please contact Steve Holden for further information on the opinions expressed herein.