In the early 1920s, Osage County, Oklahoma was a hotbed for murders and crime due to the valuable land that was producing oil. The Osage were the wealthiest people in the country, which in turn attracted opportunists trying to take over their wealth. It became so corrupt that it was known as the “Reign of Terror” and was considered one of the most dangerous places in the nation. The Osage Indian murders were written about in a best-selling book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” and will be turned into a film next year.

Here’s a look back at what took place in Osage County in the 1920s:

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If you visit present day Osage County, it’s an area filled with beautiful wide open spaces, history and things to do. One great place to check out is the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska. You can find more information about it here.

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