Claremore Main Street is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization designed to improve all aspects of the downtown business district, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic development, strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses and rehabilitating historic buildings. Claremore was named an official Main Street Community in 2002.
Downtown Claremore continues to see vast improvements in aesthetics and advances in marketing and economic revitalization. Over a dozen of the downtown’s historic buildings have received façade improvements and several more are in the works, with well over ten million dollars in public and private investment in downtown. A major streetscape project by the City of Claremore was completed providing infrastructure improvements, sidewalks and historic lighting. Downtown is thriving.
Claremore Main Street is home to over 300 antique and collectible dealers, as well as a variety of one-of-a-kind specialty stores. Claremore Main Street hosts promotional events during the year. Fall events include Dickens of a Ride, a fun bike ride the first weekend of October, and Dickens on The Boulevard, a unique Victorian Christmas celebration on the third weekend in November. The Taste of Claremore, an event featuring Claremore restaurants and downtown shops, occurs every spring.
Will Rogers Hotel is a place you can’t miss when visiting downtown Claremore. Will Rogers Hotel was dedicated in 1930. The six-story hotel contained 78 rooms and seven apartments with décor in the Spanish style reminiscent of Will Rogers’ home in Santa Monica, California. The hotel was famous for mineral water baths and quality of service. The hotel closed in 1991 but was reopened in 1997 following a major renovation. Three of the famous mineral water tubs are preserved, and the lobby and ballroom are fully restored and open to the public. Senior citizens apartments and offices are housed in the remainder of the hotel.
524 W. Will Rogers Blvd • Claremore, OK 74017
Belvidere Mansion is a favorite historical site in the downtown district. Construction began on this home in 1902, five years before statehood. The Victorian mansion was to be the home of John and Mary Bayless. John was successful in banking, railroads, hotels and land development. He was president of the Bank of Claremore at the time of his death. Unfortunately, Mr. Bayless died before his mansion was completed in 1907. Now, the mansion is furnished to reflect the early 1900s and has a full ballroom on its third floor. Rogers County Historical Society purchased the mansion in 1991 and spearheaded the restoration efforts. Belvidere Mansion hosts tours and has lunch available through its tea room. Each year, the mansion hosts Christmas at the Belvidere, along with other annual events. Rogers County Historical Society office is located within the mansion.
121 N. Chickasaw Ave • Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 342-1127 • www.rogerscountyhistory.org