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Dedication planned for Cherokee Hills Byway

Dedication planned for Cherokee Hills Byway

This article first appeared in the Tulsa World.

by: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2009

TAHLEQUAH — A dedication ceremony is planned for Saturday for the recently opened Cherokee Hills Byway in northeastern Oklahoma.

The ceremony during the Red Fern Festival will feature Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith and other tribal officials, along with officials from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and nearby towns.

The scenic byway is the state's eighth. The 88-mile stretch of highway runs through Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties.

The new byway passes through stops on U.S. Highways 59 and 412A, and State Highways 10, 51, 62, 82 and 100. It passes through the towns of Gore, Cookson, Keys, Tahlequah, West Siloam Springs, Marble City, Oaks and Red Bird.

ODOT and the University of Oklahoma Outreach will officially oversee the Cherokee Hills Byway program. The Cherokee Nation is an official sponsor of the byway.

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