Oscar Hayes was a wealthy businessman in Muskogee when Oklahoma was Indian Territory. His desire was to be the first Governor of Oklahoma in 1907 when it became a state. He began construction on the house that year with the intention of making this house the Governor’s Mansion. He told everyone that he would make his inaugural speech from the balcony of the house. Unfortunately, he did not win the race, but his home stands today as an elegant and welcoming abode to travelers.