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Alva the Mural Capital of Oklahoma

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. ~ President Lyndon B. Johnson Through beautiful...

Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva Haunted?

Ghostly voices. Strange lights. Brushes of air. Scenes in a scary movie? A haunted house with actors, recordings, lights, and fans? In Alva, it’s the former hospital which is now the Cherokee Strip Museum. Ranked as the third most haunted place in Oklahoma, even the...

How To Shop Alva

When you visit Alva, be sure to shop the charming boutique stores downtown and around town. The patriarch of retail stores is Holder’s Drug. In business since 1952, you can find gifts from Mud Pie, Hallmark, Melissa & Doug toys, Christian books, and more. You can...

How The Big Cruise and Car Show Got Cruisin’

How The Big Cruise and Car Show Got Cruisin’ Alva, Oklahoma restaurant manager, Jim Clemons, had an idea. Isn’t that how all things start, with an idea? The idea was simple – a car show open to all classes interested in participating. Mother Nature made a...

Nescatunga Arts Festival

Nescatunga Arts & Crafts Festival Scheduled for June 2 The annual Nescatunga Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Courthouse Square, 500 Barnes Street in Alva. Held each year during the first week of June, the festival showcases the...

Alva Oklahoma and the Olympic Games

As the eyes of the world are on the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Alva, Oklahoma, reflects on its connections to the games. Dr. Jerry Brownrigg, Dr. Brock Schnebel, and Jill Lancaster are three with Alva and Olympics connections. Dr. Jerry...

The Origin of Alva Oklahoma’s Name

With a unique city name like Alva, the natural question is “how did Alva acquire its name?” The origin has long been under scrutiny. The only actual fact of our city’s name source is that it was assigned by the authority of the Atchinson, Topeka and...