How do you say, “Coweta?”

I’ve had a project on the back burner for some time. It’s an online guide to saying the place names in Oklahoma. I started working in radio in my hometown of Pryor, Okla. in 1977. I lived in Chouteau. I would swim near Salina. I did a semester at Tahlequah. Traveled through Gotebo. Visited my dad in Wapanucka, and otherwise came to know how to say so many of the names in the state.

I realize there will be disagreement over some names. When reasonable assertions are made, I’ll post them too. I’m going through this list alphabetically. My special thanks to two University of Oklahoma instructors from the 1950s who wrote the book (it’s yellowed and falling apart) on how to say so many of the names in Oklahoma.

Email me at if you have comments or want to help out in this project.