Normally you don't think of cemeteries being located in the middle of a shopping center. Typically you'll find burial grounds and cemeteries in quiet, less traveled areas that are off the beaten path. However, this cemetery is literally in the middle of an Atwoods parking lot right outside of Tulsa in Sand Springs, OK.


You'll find the Tullahassee Creek Indian Cemetery at 730 E. Charles Page Blvd. in Sand Springs, OK. It's surrounded by a shopping center that includes a busy Atwoods store at the same location. The cemetery or burial ground is right in the middle of the parking lot. It's not every day that you see a cemetery like this.

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Despite its bizarre location this cemetery is very well maintained, even beautiful. A Boy Scout Troop with the help of local and area donors completely restored it back in 1986. The cemetery was originally established in 1883 and I'm sure back in those days it was well outside the city limits in the country, maybe even secluded.

As time went by and more and more land was developed the Tullahassee Creek Indian Cemetery found itself right in the middle of town, or at least within the city limits. Eventually, it became surrounded by commercial properties and is now in the parking lot of the Sand Springs Atwoods. It may look out of place but at least the developers didn't just build over the top of it, or dig up and disrupt all the graves to move the cemetery.

Watch the video below for more on the Creek Indian Cemetery in Sand Springs, OK.

I think we all know what happens when you mess around with burial grounds and disrespect the dead by desecrating graves. If you're unsure of what happens just watch the movie Poltergeist and it will certainly answer any questions you may have. It was smart to leave the graves and cemetery alone and build around it.

There are several graves and markers at the cemetery with burial dates ranging from 1883 to 1912. There's also a large stone in the middle of the graveyard that features a plaque that reads "Old Indian Cemetery. Marked by the Tulsa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution."  The Tullahassee Creek Indian Cemetery has to be Oklahoma's most unusual cemetery in the entire Sooner State, maybe even the entire nation.

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