Alva, Oklahoma was founded in 1893 and is named after Alva B. Adams, a pioneer attorney for the Santa Fe Railroad whose main line runs between Chicago and Los Angeles.
In the 1940’s, a World War II prisoner of war camp was located south of town. More than 5,000 prisoners were interned there at a time when the population of Alva itself was only 3,500.
Today, a sculpture of an eagle that was hand carved by German prisoners while at the camp as well as other memorabilia is on display in the Cherokee Strip Museum. Scenes from Alva’s history are depicted in the more than 20 outdoor murals on buildings throughout the city.
Alva has a vibrant downtown square and retail shopping area. It was designated two ago by the City of Alva as a cultural arts district and host activities such as Friday Night Art Walk and the Nescatunga Arts Festival.
Alva Chamber of Commerce
Address: 502 Oklahoma Blvd Alva, OK 73717