Muskogee will host the Bass Reeves Western History Conference on July 21 and 22 at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin Avenue, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The two-day conference will include lectures, tours, shootouts, re-enactments, western books and movies.
On Saturday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. the Bass Reeves Interactive Trolley Tour will take place in historic downtown Muskogee where Reeves lived and worked during the latter years of his long and illustrious career as a U.S. Marshal. Visitors will board vintage-style trolleys at Three Rivers Museum where costumed interpreters will tell the story of his remarkable life. The tour lasts about an hour and is filled with fascinating facts and fun surprises.
The interactive tour will be followed by a barbecue lunch catered by Runt’s Barbecue of Muskogee. Reeves’ biographer Art Burton will be the keynote speaker following lunch.’
Muskogee was the final home of Bass Reeves where he completed his career as a marshal and served for two years as a police officer. Art Burton states, “Bass Reeves was so good, he can’t be compared to any other lawman of his era. He walked into the valley of death for 32 years.”
The Bass Reeves Legacy Troupe which offers this tour each year is a diverse group of black, white and American Indian individuals who admire this man of integrity and want to share his story. Each member of the troupe portrays an individual who was a contemporary of Reeves in Muskogee. “Bass Reeves is finally receiving the recognition he deserves as one of the greatest U.S. Marshals to serve on the frontier,” states tour founder Jonita Mullins. “Muskogeeans are understandably proud that Reeves chose the Indian Capital as his final home and resting place.”
Tickets for the conference can be purchased at bassreeveslegacytour.com through Paypal. They can also be purchased at Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee. Seating on the trolleys is limited and available by reservation only. For additional information call the museum at 918-686-6624 or Okie Heritage Tours at 918-682-0312.