It all started with the Railroad...
Began as a stop on the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1881, Chelsea received its name from railroad official Charles Peach in honor of his home in the Chelsea area of London, England.
Soon after its naming, a post office was established in November 1882. In 1889, Chelsea was incorporated as a town in the heart of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.
In 1912, the railroad delivered what would become the most historical home in Chelsea: the first Sears & Robuck home in Oklahoma to Cattleman Joe Hogue.
continued with oil...
In addition to an incorporated town, 1889 also led to the discovery of the Chelsea-Alluwe Oil Field southwest of town by the United States Oil and Gas Company. The location sparked a booming oil industry in the area and became the site of the first oil well in Oklahoma, Indian Territory.
thriving with Commerce...
Prior to Oklahoma statehood in 1907, Chelsea was a popular shipping point for cattle and hay. Agriculture remains a thriving industry in the area today.
In March 1896, the first state bank in Indian Territory began operation as The Bank of Chelsea. Even though it changed its name to Bank of Commerce in the 1990's, it is still going strong after 120 years and the addition of five branches in Adair, Claremore, Sequoyah, Catoosa and Tulsa.
The discovery of oil brought refineries, manufacturing and retail business to Chelsea. Chelsea continues to be home to a number of manufacturing and retail businesses today.
and is called "Home" by good people.
Chelsea is home to Admiral Joseph James "Jocko" Clark, the first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. Admiral Clark served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. He was awarded the Navy Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, and Legion of Merit during his service. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers, spent many days with his family in Chelsea. On one of those days in 1926, he discovered a singing and guitar playing telegraph operator in the telegraph office. Will told the young man he had enough talent to be a success and suggested he pursue his dreams. Soon after, Gene Autry took his advice and moved to New York City to begin his career.
Will Rogers' great-nephew, Clem McSpadden, who called Chelsea home for most of his life, was known as "The Voice of Professional Rodeo". In addition to calling rodeos, Clem served as an Oklahoma State Legislator from 1955-1972, as an US Congressman from 1972-1974, and candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in 1974. After his time in political office, Clem established a lobbying firm and continued voicing rodeos until his passing.
Famed New York Yankees' pitcher Ralph Terry was raised and educated in Chelsea. He honed his skills and love of baseball as pitcher for the Chelsea High School Green Dragons. Drafted by the Yankees after graduating from high school in 1953, Ralph went on to have a long baseball career, earning the title of MVP in the 1962 World Series. Ralph still holds the record as the only Major League Pitcher to throw the last pitch in the last game of two consecutive World Series (1961, 1962).
Before Actor Gar Moore began his movie career in Italy, he was raised in Chelsea. He received a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma based on his baritone singing voice. While performing in plays and musicals in New York, Gar was scouted by an Italian director. He starred in several Italian movies as well as American movies, including several with Abbott and Costello. Mr. Moore is buried in Chelsea.
Chelsea- A place of celebrated history.
Chelsea- A place with an even brighter future!
Join us as we grow for future generations!
2016 Chelsea Trash-Off Days
21st - All Day
22nd - Until Noon
2016 Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Chelsea Schools Cafeteria
The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud supporter of Project Chelsea.