The Miami Public Schools district serves the educational needs of students living in Miami, Oklahoma. Miami Public Schools is made up of five elementary schools (Wilson, Washington, Roosevelt, Rockdale, and Nichols), Will Rogers Middle School, Miami Academy, and Miami High School. Private and parochial schools such as Green Country Christian School and Mt. Olive Lutheran School are also available to serve the educational needs of students. For students who are ready to move forward with their learning careers, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is located directly within the city. Other area colleges within 50 miles of Miami include Missouri Southern State University and Ozark Christian College (both located in Joplin, Missouri), Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri.
ECONOMY & JOB MARKET
Miamiís economy and job market is strong, with some of the top non-manufacturing employers in the city being Miami Public Schools, the City of Miami, Willow Crest Hospital, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center. A few of the top major manufacturers within the area include 4-Satellite Mushroom Farms, Oklahoma Leather Products, EP Scientific, Tracker Marine Group, Blitz USA, and Discovery Plastics, among others.
ATTRACTIONS & POINTS OF INTEREST
In addition to community-wide events that take place throughout the year, residents have plenty of points of interest and area attractions that will keep them busy for days on end. One of the most popular and significant buildings in Miami is the beautifully designed Coleman Theatre. Opened in 1929 and now fully restored and renovated, the Coleman Theatre now serves as a site for plays, ballet performances, silent movie events, and childrenís events. The Coleman Theatre is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
If youíre new to the City of Miami and youíre looking to learn about the cultural roots of the area, an excellent place to start is the Dobson Museum, which is part of the Dobson Memorial Center and the Dobson House. Featuring a variety of exhibits and Native American artifacts, visitors can learn more about the heritage of Miamiís nine Native American Tribes (Miami, Modoc, Ottawa, Peoria, Quapaw, Wyandotte, Seneca-Cayuga, Eastern Shawnee, and Loyal Shawnee) and go through exhibits that feature early woodworking tools, head dresses and traditional clothing, arts and photographs, china, glassware, and furniture. Additionally, the museum is located just off Route 66, which runs 13 miles through Miami and Ottawa County.
If youíre looking to indulge in some adult-friendly gaming and entertainment, there are a number of Indian casinos and event centers located in Miami. Big-name acts such as Rascal Flatts, REO Speedwagon and Loretta Lynn have performed in Miami.
Community-wide events that take place throughout the year in Miami include Ottawa Countyís Annual Heart of America Rodeo, the Peoria Tribal Pow Wow, Dog Days of Summer Festival on Route 66, Quapaw Tribal Pow Wow, NGA Golf Tournament, Ottawa County Free Fair, Designs of Autumn Art Festival & Chili Cook Off, Ottawa Nation Pow Wow, Wyandotte Tribal Pow Wow, Eastern Shawnee Pow Wow, the Boo Ha Ha Parade, and the Christmas Parade.
PARKS & RECREATION
Residents looking to take part in any outdoor recreational activities donít have to look very far as there are a number of opportunities provided to them by the county. Novice and advanced golfers alike can choose to have tee time at Miami Golf & County Club or Peoria Ridge Golf Course. Or, if they choose to do so, they can make the short drive out to Baxter Springs, Kansas, to play a round at their golf and country club. Peoria Ridge Golf Course also hosts the annual NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour.
Since Miami is located between the Spring and Neosho Rivers, Spoonbill fishing is considered one of the more popular pastimes in the area. Known for their unusually shaped spatula-like snouts and for their fish eggs (freshwater caviar), Spoonbill fishing is only allowed during the months of March to May. Avid fishermen can also head down to the Grand Lake Oí the Cherokees and Twin Bridges State Park, which also offers RV and tent camp sites and picnic areas.
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