History of Broken Arrow

Naming of the City Railroad tracks, horses, and wagons in the 1900s

When a group of Creek Indians established a settlement near what is now our city, they called it "Broken Arrow." Broken Arrow is the name of the place where many of those same Creeks had lived when they were in Alabama - before moving west on the Trail of Tears.

While many Americans think of the term "broken arrow" as meaning an act of peace by Native Americans a few hundred years ago, the Creeks who got that name did so because they broke branches of trees to make their arrows, rather than cutting them.

Growth & Development

Today, the city has seen unprecedented growth and continues to set the pace in Northeastern Oklahoma for retail and residential development.