According to the University of Central Oklahoma, Tishomingo, Okla., is located in the southern portion of the state on the upper, isolated arm of Lake Texoma. It is the county seat for Johnson County.
The Chickasaw Nation founded Tishomingo in 1856. The town was named after Chief Tishomingo who died in Mississippi on the Trail of Tears before the tribe reached their new home.
It is home to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and Murray State College. The college is named in honor of former Oklahoma Governor William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray. He is historically known as the governor who called the National Guard and brought his own gun to protect the Lake Texoma Red River Dam from Texas.