Achee Yahola: Lochapoka Chief

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"The first founder of Tulsa thus rests in an unknown grave near the center of the present city."  --Angie Debo, Tulsa: From Creek Town to Oil Capital 

When the Lochapoka were removed from their Alabama home, Chief Achee Yahola  led them to present-day Tulsa, and he guided them during the difficult years that followed removal.

Debo says that the name "Yahola" was given to young men who had won recognition in war.

"'Yahola' was a supernatural being, whose name was used frequently in Creek incantations; and in some of the important ceremonials the word was pronounced as a long-drawn, aspirated cry, supposed to resemble the call of the deity himself." 

Achee Yahola's first home here, according to those who spoke with Debo, was near the present intersection of First Street and Frisco Avenue. For some time, a walnut marked this spot. He later moved to a point south and west of the angle formed by the bend in Main Street. When he died of a smallpox epidemic in 1850, he was buried near this home. 

 

 

 

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