French fur traders had already existed in the area for some time before the American acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase.
The French were believed to have established a temporary village near Muskogee in 1806, but the first permanent settlement was established in 1817 on the south bank of the Verdigris River, north of Muskogee.
The Creeks, recognizing the economic value of the location, made Muskogee the Capital of the Creek Nation in 1836.
Following the American Civil War, renewed interest was created in western expansion.
In the poignantly rendered "Sing Me Back Home," Haggard takes the last request of a man on his way to the gas chamber and makes us all feel diminished.