Low Water Levels Expose Original Site Of 'Rogers Ranch' At Lake Oologah

Tuesday, October 26th 2021, 12:13 pm
By: Emory Bryan

OOLOGAH, Oklahoma -

 A Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor recently visited the original home site of Clem Rogers, when low water levels at Lake Oologah exposed the edges of the original property.

The Cherokee Nation is negotiating with the State of Oklahoma to buy the "Dog Iron" Ranch, including the home where Will Rogers was raised. The home was moved to higher ground when the lake was built.

"Up here, you see what has been recreated. Down there was the real thing" said Cherokee Councilor Keith Austin after visiting the point near the original river channel where the home was built.

The Cherokees intend to buy the property now designated as the ranch, and restore the home.