Claremore, Oklahoma Facts:
- County: Rogers
- Coverage Area (Total): 12.3 sq. miles
- Elevation: 597 ft.
- Population: 18,745
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Catoosa, Chelsea, Claremore, Inola, Oologah, Talala, Verdigris
Claremore is best known as the home of celebrity cowboy and entertainer, Will Rogers. It was originally settled by the Osage Indians in 1802 before becoming an official part of Indian Territory and the Cherokee Nation in 1830. Will's father, Clem, and his family moved to the area in 1856. Their family home still stands as an important historical site in the nearby town of Oologah, and the family is buried at the Will Rogers Memorial.
Claremore is also home to Rogers State University, which serves over 4,000 students (over 3,000 at the Claremore campus) and offers both bachelor's and associate's degrees. The university was founded in 1909 as Eastern University Preparatory School before being closed in 1917 and reopened as Oklahoma Military Academy in 1919. RSU took on its current name in 1998 and became a public four year university in 2000.
Claremore maintains a variety of attractions including: