U.S. Route 277
U. S. Route 277 is a north–south United States Highway, it is a spur of U. S. Route 77, it runs for 633 miles across Texas. US 277's northern terminus is in Newcastle, Oklahoma at Interstate 44, the northern terminus of the H. E. Bailey Turnpike, its southern terminus is in Carrizo Springs, Texas at U. S. Route 83, it passes through the states of Texas. Most of U. S. 277's route through the two states overlaps other U. S. highways. Those include U. S. 62 from Newcastle to Chickasha, Oklahoma, U. S. 62 and U. S. 281 from five miles west of Elgin, Oklahoma, to Lawton, U. S. 281 from Lawton to Wichita Falls, Texas, U. S. 82 from Wichita Falls to Seymour, U. S. 83 from Anson, Texas to Abilene, Texas. Through the Lawton area and again from Randlett, Oklahoma, to near downtown Wichita Falls, U. S. 277 is co-signed with I-44. The highway begins at an intersection with US 83 in Carrizo Springs, about 60 miles northwest of Laredo; the highway runs until reaching Eagle Pass. From here to Del Rio, the highway parallels the Rio Grande River at the U.
S.-Mexico border. The highway overlaps US 377 for about 26 miles, with the highways passing the Amistad National Recreation Area. US 277 crosses I-10 near Sonora, before traveling to Eldorado and San Angelo; the highway overlaps US 87 in the city. In Abilene, the highway overlaps with the latter leaving shortly after. US 83 leaves in Anson. In Seymour, US 82 begins an overlap with US 277; the two highways enter the city of Wichita Falls, with US 82 leaving the highway at US 281/US 287. US 277 joins US 281/287 and the three highways travel into the downtown area of the city, where I-44 begins. US 287 leaves the freeway, while I-44/US 277/US 281 travel to Burkburnett, before crossing the Red River into Oklahoma. From its present terminus at Interstate 44 near Newcastle, U. S. 277 runs concurrent with U. S. 62 through Blanchard into downtown Chickasha, where U. S. 277 joins U. S. 81 for several miles to an intersection south of Chickasha near Ninnekah, where U. S. 277 turns west/southwest through the cities of Cement, Cyril and Elgin - crossing over I-44/H.
E. Bailey east of Cement, under the interstate south of Fletcher and under the interstate/turnpike on the west side of Elgin. About five miles west of Elgin, U. S. 277 rejoins U. S. 62 for the next 10 miles with the triplex 62-277-281 route joining Interstate 44 at the starting/ending point of the H. E. Bailey Turnpike north section near Medicine Park south through Fort Sill to I-44 Exit 40A, where U. S. 62 diverts from the interstate. U. S. 277 and 281 continue their concurrent route with I-44 through the Lawton-Fort Sill area to a point six miles south of Lawton where I-44 becomes the H. E. Bailey Turnpike south to Randlett. At this interchange which includes Oklahoma 36 west/southwest to Chattanooga and Grandfield, U. S. 277-281 diverts east and curve south to parallel the interstate past Geronimo, OK and 10 miles joins Oklahoma 5 about 5 miles west of Walters for three miles west crossing over I-44/H. E. Bailey Turnpike at the Walters exit and toll plaza. West of I-44, U. S. 277-281 turns south from Oklahoma 5 and continues south, crossing under I-44 south of Cookietown and joins U.
S. 70 at Randlett, from where the triplex U. S. 70-277-281 continues 3 miles west to an interchange with I-44 at the beginning/ending points of the H. E. Bailey Turnpike. At this interchange, U. S. 277-281 joins I-44 for the last 6 miles in Oklahoma before crossing the Red River into Texas. From Newcastle to the Red River north of Wichita Falls, Texas, U. S. 277 serves as an alternate free route to the two sections of the H. E. Bailey Turnpike between Oklahoma City and the Red River from Newcastle southwest of Oklahoma to near Medicine Park north of Lawton and from near Geronimo south of Lawton to Randlett just north of the Red River near Burkburnett, Texas; the former route of U. S. 277 through the City of Lawton via 2nd Street and 11th Street has been designated as U. S. 281 Business since the completion of Lawton's Pioneer Expressway in 1964 from present I-44 Exit 39-B to Exit 33. Present U. S. 281 Business and former U. S. 277-281 follows 2nd Street south of I-44 into the downtown area and south of Lee Boulevard, curves into the diagonal route to 11th Street and still locally designated by the City of Lawton as Highway 277 though it is designated as U.
S. 281 Business. From the end of the diagonal route at 11th and Tennessee Avenue south past the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport to Exit 33 of Interstate 44, the former U. S. 277-281 and current U. S. Business 281 route follows 11th Street. South of this point, U. S. 281 Business ends/begins and current U. S. 277-281 continues to run concurrent with I-44 for another 3 miles to Exit 30, bypassing 3 miles of the former U. S. 277-281 concurrency that followed 11th Street south of Lawton until the completion of the present I-44 route south of Lawton in 1964, when the former highway reverted to local jurisdiction. At Exit 31, Oklahoma 36 begins its route to Chattanooga and Grandfield west of I-44 while U. S. 277-281 uses the same route east of the interstate for a half-mile and tur
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Tulsa County is a county located in the U. S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 603,403, making it the second-most populous county in Oklahoma, behind only Oklahoma County, its county seat and largest city is the second-largest city in the state. Founded at statehood, in 1907, it was named after the established city of Tulsa. Before statehood, the area was part of both the Creek Nation and the Cooweescoowee District of Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory. Tulsa County is included in the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tulsa County is notable for being the most densely populated county in the state. Tulsa County ranks as having the highest income; the history of Tulsa County overlaps the history of the city of Tulsa. This section addresses events that occurred outside the present city limits of Tulsa; the Lasley Vore Site, along the Arkansas River south of Tulsa, was claimed by University of Tulsa anthropologist George Odell to be the most place where Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe first encountered a group of Wichita people in 1719.
Odell's statement was based on finding both Wichita and French artifacts there during an architectural dig in 1988. The U. S. Government's removal of Native American tribes from the southeastern United States to "Indian Territory" did not take into account how that would impact the lives and attitudes of the nomadic tribes that used the same land as their hunting grounds. At first, Creek immigrants stayed close to Fort Gibson, near the confluence of the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers. However, the government encouraged newer immigrants to move farther up the Arkansas; the Osage tribe had agreed to leave the land near the Verdigris, but had not moved far and soon threatened the new Creek settlements. In 1831, a party led by Rev. Isaac McCoy and Lt. James L. Dawson blazed a trail up the north side of the Arkansas from Fort Gibson to its junction with the Cimarron River. In 1832, Dawson was sent again to select sites for military posts. One of his recommended sites was about two and a half miles downstream from the Cimarron River junction.
The following year, Brevet Major George Birch and two companies of the 7th Infantry Regiment followed the "Dawson Road" to the aforementioned site. Flattering his former commanding officer, General Matthew Arbuckle, Birch named the site "Fort Arbuckle."According to Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the fort was about 8 miles west of the present city of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Author James Gardner visited the site in the early 1930s, his article describing the visit includes an old map showing the fort located on the north bank of the Arkansas River near Sand Creek, just south of the line separating Tulsa County and Osage County. After ground was cleared and a blockhouse built, Fort Arbuckle was abandoned November 11, 1834; the remnants of stockade and some chimneys could still be seen nearly a hundred years later. The site was submerged. Main article Battle of Chusto-Talasah At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, many Creeks and Seminoles in Indian Territory, led by Opothleyahola, retained their allegiance to the U. S. Government.
In November, 1861, Confederate Col. Douglas H. Cooper led a Confederate force against the Union supporters with the purpose of either compelling their submission or driving them out of the country; the first clash, known as the Battle of Round Mountain, occurred November 19, 1861. Although the Unionists withstood the attack and mounted a counterattack, the Confederates claimed a strategic victory because the Unionists were forced to withdraw; the next battle occurred December 9, 1861. Col. Cooper's force attacked the Unionists at Chusto-Talasah on the Horseshoe Bend of Bird Creek in what is now Tulsa County; the Confederates drove the Unionists across Bird Creek, but could not pursue, because they were short of ammunition. Still, the Confederates could claim victory; the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad had extended its main line in Indian Territory from Vinita to Tulsa in 1883, where it stopped on the east side of the Arkansas River. The company, which merged into the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway built a steel bridge across the river to extend the line to Red Fork.
This bridge allowed cattlemen to load their animals onto the railroad west of the Arkansas instead of fording the river, as had been the practice previously. It provided a safer and more convenient way to bring workers from Tulsa to the oil field after the 1901 discovery of oil in Red Fork. A wildcat well named Sue Bland No. 1 hit paydirt at 540 feet on June 1901 as a gusher. The well was on the property of Sue A. Bland, located near the community of Red Fork. Mrs. Bland was a Creek citizen and wife of Dr. John C. W. Bland, the first practicing physician in Tulsa; the property was Mrs. Bland's homestead allotment. Oil produced by the well was shipped in barrels to the nearest refinery in Kansas, where it was sold for $1.00 a barrel. Other producing wells followed soon after; the next big strike in Tulsa County was in the vicinity of Glenn Pool. While the city of Tulsa claimed to be "Oil Capital of the World" for much of the 20th century, a city ordinance banned drilling for oil within the city limits.
In 1910, Tulsa County built a court house in Tulsa on the northeast corner of Sixth Street and South Boulder Avenue. Yule marble was used in its construction; the land had been the site of a mansion owned by George Perryman and his wife. This was the court house where a mob of white residents gathered on May 31, 1921, threatening to lynch a young black man held in the top-floor jail, it was the beginning of the Tulsa Race Riot. An advertisement for bids specified that the building shoul
Interstate 235 (Oklahoma)
Interstate 235 in Oklahoma is known as the Centennial Expressway or the I-235 Central Expressway. The spur route of Interstate 35 is a 5.4-mile-long north–south alignment in central and north-central Oklahoma City. It connects northbound to U. S. Highway 77 to suburban Edmond and southbound at Interstate 44 on to Interstate 35 and the I-40 Crosstown Expressway near downtown Oklahoma City. U. S. Highway 77 is concurrent with I-235 for the entire route. South of its junction with I-40, I-235 becomes Interstate 35. I-235's route forms the eastern edge of Automobile Alley, the Deep Deuce residential neighborhood, the Bricktown Entertainment District, all of which are in the eastern section of downtown Oklahoma City; the I-235 designation was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on July 13, 1976. Only 3.66 miles were complete in 1978. It opened in 1989. Interstate 235 in Oklahoma finished a major reconstruction in September 2008, which changed the section of I-235 between N.
W. 50th Street, on the north end, N. W. 23rd, on the south end. It added an exit lane, changing the two-lane stretch into four lanes; the entire route is in Oklahoma County. I-235 at OKHighways.com
Interstate 40 in Oklahoma
Interstate 40 is an Interstate Highway in Oklahoma that runs 331 miles across the state from Texas to Arkansas. West of Oklahoma City, it parallels and replaces the old Route 66, east of Oklahoma City, it parallels US-62, 266, 64. Cities along the route include Erick, Elk City, Weatherford, Oklahoma City and its suburbs, Henryetta and Sallisaw. Interstate 40 enters Oklahoma near Texola in Beckham County, it runs through southern Elk City. It cuts across northwest Washita County before entering Custer County. There, it passes through Weatherford. After leaving Weatherford, I-40 runs across northern Caddo County. After that, it enters the Oklahoma City Metro Area at Canadian County. I-40 runs through the south side of El Reno, it passes through Yukon before entering Oklahoma City city limits. In west Oklahoma City, I-40 has a junction with Interstate 44, it runs just south of downtown Oklahoma City on a new ten lane section. I-40 interlines with Interstate 35 at the Dallas Junction complex; this forms a concurrency with it for two miles.
After the Dallas Junction, I-40 passes through Del City and Midwest City on the Tinker Diagonal. This provides access to Tinker Air Force Base in east Oklahoma City. In far eastern Oklahoma City, I-40 meets Interstate 240 in a partial junction. Afterwards, it passes through the north side of Shawnee; this markes the eastern end of the OKC metro area. In Henryetta, I-40 serves as the northern terminus of the Indian Nation Turnpike. In McIntosh County, it crosses the northernmost arm of Lake Eufaula. Afterwards, it meets US-69 south of Checotah. Near Webbers Falls, I-40 is the southern terminus of the Muskogee Turnpike, it crosses the Arkansas River before passing through southern Sallisaw. The interstate crosses into Arkansas north of Moffett. West of Oklahoma City, Interstate 40 parallels and replaces Old US-66. US-66 was decommissioned in Oklahoma in 1985; the I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River/McClellan-Kerr Navigation System near Webbers Falls was struck by a barge on May 26, 2002, causing the bridge to collapse and resulting in the death of 14 people.
Westbound I-40 traffic was detoured through Gore and Webbers Falls along SH-10, US-64, SH-100, while eastbound traffic was diverted through Porum and Stigler along SH-2, SH-9, US-59. Delays of thirty to fifty minutes on the 12-mile westbound detour were typical, although trains passing through Gore could lengthen wait times by 15 minutes; the eastbound detour added two hours to the typical trip. Some travelers chose to avoid the area entirely; the detour impacted the town of Gore. Local firefighters directed traffic there 24 hours a day, with daytime temperatures approaching 100 °F. Businesses in Gore reported loss of revenue due to the traffic. On December 17, 2015, a Pasadena, Texas man shot and killed two people on Interstate 40 near Weatherford, Oklahoma, he was arrested by police in Oklahoma. The original I-40 Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway was built in 1966 as an elevated route. In response, the I-40 Crosstown Expressway has been relocated a few blocks south of the original route, the original bridge torn down.
The project was completed in February 2012. The new I-40 Crosstown Expressway has been designed to carry 170,000+ vehicles-per-day traveling at 60 miles-per-hour using at-least ten lanes for traffic, has breakdown lanes for disabled vehicles and future lane expansion; when the new crosstown opened in 2012, nearly 95% of non-rush hour traffic was considered'through traffic'. A landscaped boulevard is under-construction replacing the original I-40 Crosstown Bridge right-of-way through downtown Oklahoma City. I-40 has eight business routes in Oklahoma, six of which are old alignments of US-66. A number of other old alignments of US-66 are present west of Oklahoma City. Erick I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that runs from I-40 two miles west of Erick to the old alignment of US-66, through Erick, back to I-40, four miles east of Erick. Sayre I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that begins two miles south of Sayre at US-283, runs north into the city, leaves Sayre to the east, rejoining I-40 two miles east of US-283.
Elk City I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop. It runs for ten miles through Elk City, rejoining I-40 at Exit 41. Clinton I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that begins at Exit 65, runs five miles through Clinton, rejoins I-40 at Exit 69. Weatherford I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that exits I-40 at Exit 82B, runs four miles through Weatherford, rejoins I-40 at Exit 82. El Reno I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop through El Reno, it exits I-40 at Exit 119, runs eight miles through El Reno, rejoins I-40 at Exit 125, the interchange with US-81. Henryetta I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that leaves I-40 at Exit 237, runs four miles through Henryetta, rejoins I-40 at Exit 240, the interchange with US-75 an
Will Rogers World Airport
Will Rogers World Airport, a.k.a. Will Rogers Airport or Will Rogers, is an American passenger airport in Oklahoma City located about 6 miles Southwest of downtown Oklahoma City, it is a civil-military airport on 8,081 acres of land. Although the official IATA and ICAO airport codes for Will Rogers World Airport are OKC and KOKC, it is common practice to refer to it as "WRWA" or "Will Rogers"; the airport is named for comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native who died in an airplane crash near Barrow, Alaska in 1935. The city's other major airport, Wiley Post Airport, along with the Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, are named for Wiley Post, who died in the same crash. Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to use the designation "World" in addition to no reference to its city location. Although Will Rogers offers US Customs and Immigration Services, there are no scheduled international flights. Will Rogers World Airport is the busiest commercial airport in the state of Oklahoma.
In 2018, the airport handled 4.34 million passengers, marking the busiest year on record two years in a row. Southwest Airlines carries the most passengers at Will Rogers World Airport, with a market share of nearly 38% as of December 2018; the airport first opened in 1911 as Oklahoma City Municipal Airfield. It was renamed in Rogers' honor in 1941. During World War II Will Rogers Field was a major training facility for the United States Army Air Forces; the December 1951 C&GS chart shows 5497-ft runway 3, 3801-ft runway 8, 5652-ft runway 12 and 5100-ft runway 17. The April 1957 OAG showed 21 daily non-stop departures on Braniff International Airways, 15 on American Airlines, 5 on Central Airlines, 4 on Continental Airlines and 3 on TWA. A TWA Constellation aircraft flew non-stop from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles but eastward non-stops didn't reach beyond Wichita, Tulsa or Dallas, Texas. Oklahoma City began non-stop flights to Chicago starting in 1966. Great Plains Airlines, a regional airline based in Tulsa, made Will Rogers World Airport a hub in 2001, with non-stop flights to Tulsa, New Mexico, Colorado Springs and direct or connecting flights to Nashville, Tennessee, St. Louis and Washington.
The airline had hoped to reach additional East and West coast markets but declared bankruptcy and ceased operations on January 23, 2004. On May 31, 2013, an EF-1 tornado hit Will Rogers Airport; the 1.4-mile wide tornado traveled 10.4 miles which includes across the northern side of the airport. The path of the tornado passed over the facilities of MetroTech, FAA, Oklahoma National Guard, AAR, Four Points Hotel, the passenger terminal and hangars on the North and East side of the airport. Minor damage was reported at other buildings in this path; the Parking Spot location north of the airport on Meridian Ave was hit by the tornado. The company decided in August 2013 not to exit the OKC market; the airport once partnered with Tinker AFB in presenting Aerospace America airshow. By the late 1990s the Oklahoma City Airport Trust deemed the 1967-built terminal building unsuitable. Following the adoption of a three phase master plan, preparations for renovating the airport were launched in 2001; the old twin concourses were demolished to make way for a larger terminal with integrated concourses, high ceilings, modern facilities.
A$110 million multi-phase expansion and renovation project, designed by Atkins Benham Inc. and Gensler and built by Oscar J. Boldt Construction Company, began in 2001. Phase-I involved erection of construction walkways from the five-story parking garage to the terminal building, demolition of the terminal's existing elevator core, construction of new elevator and escalator cores on the tunnel level and on level one, building temporary entrance and exit ramps for vehicles approaching and leaving the terminal, reconstruction of the roofs of the lower level and level one, finishing the elevator and escalator cores to level two, building new permanent entry and exit ramps for vehicles and construction of a new transportation plaza and driving lanes. Phase-II included a new concourse constructed to the west of the central terminal area, renovated to match the interior and exterior designs of the new concourse; the 1960s-built concourses were demolished after the new concourse opened in 2005. The entire phase was completed in November 2006.
Phase-III project calls for the construction of a new concourse to the east, with at least eight more gates as well as expanded retail and baggage areas. Will Rogers World Airport has a single three-level terminal with 17 departure gates along the West Concourse and Central Concourse. Gates on the south side use numbers while those on the north use odd. Due to the terminal's layout, certain odd numbers are omitted in the succession of Gates 1 through 24. Arriving passengers can access baggage claim in the downstairs level where there are 9 baggage belts. Level 3 contains offices for airport staff; the architecture of the current terminal uses native stone along with loft-ceilings, plate glass and brushed metal. Compared to the original terminal design of the old Concourses A and B, today's terminal provide a more open feel similar to that found in larger hub airports. In 2008, Will Rogers World Airport officials approved a contract with Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates to begin planning for expansion.
However, officials agreed to postpone the expansion plan due to the industry-wide decline in passenger traffic. During 2012 the Phase III expansion plan was updated to
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wichita Falls is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, United States. It is the principal city of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Archer and Wichita Counties. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 104,553, making it the 38th-most populous city in Texas. In addition, its central business district is 5 miles from Sheppard Air Force Base, home to the Air Force's largest technical training wing and the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, the world's only multinationally staffed and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO; the city is home to the Newby-McMahon Building, constructed downtown in 1919 and featured in Robert Ripley's Ripley's Believe It or Not!. The Choctaw Native Americans settled the area in the early 19th century from their native Mississippi area once Americans negotiated to relocate them after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. American settlers arrived in the 1860s to form cattle ranches.
The city was titled Wichita Falls on September 27, 1872. On that day, a sale of town lots was held at what is now the corner of Seventh and Ohio Streets – the birthplace of the city; the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway arrived in September 1882, the same year the city became the county seat of Wichita County. The city grew westwards from the original FW&DC train depot, located at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and the FW&DC; this area is now referred to as the Depot Square Historic District, declared a Texas Historic Landmark. The early history of Wichita Falls well into the 20th century rests on the work of two entrepreneurs, Joseph A. Kemp and his brother-in-law, Frank Kell. Kemp and Kell were pioneers in food processing and retailing, flour milling, cattle and oil. A flood in 1886 destroyed. After nearly 100 years of visitors wanting to visit the nonexistent falls, the city built an artificial waterfall beside the river in Lucy Park; the recreated falls are recirculate at 3,500 gallons per minute.
They are visible to south-bound traffic on Interstate 44. The city is seeking funding to rebuild and restore the downtown area. Downtown Wichita Falls was the city's main shopping area for many years, but lost ground to the creation of new shopping centers throughout the city beginning with Parker Square in 1953 and other similar developments during the 1960s and 1970s, culminating with the opening of Sikes Senter Mall in 1974. Wichita Falls was once home to offices of several oil companies and related industries, along with oil refineries operated by the Continental Oil Company until 1952 and Panhandle Oil Company American Petrofina) until 1965. Both firms continued to use a portion of their former refineries as gasoline/oil terminal facilities for many years. A devastating tornado hit the north and northwest portions of Wichita Falls along with Sheppard Air Force Base during the afternoon of April 3, 1964; as the first violent tornado on record to hit the Wichita Falls area, it left seven dead and more than 100 injured.
Additionally, the tornado caused $15 million in property damage with about 225 homes destroyed and another 250 damaged. It was rated as an F5, the highest rating on the Fujita scale, but it is overshadowed by the 1979 tornado. An F4 tornado struck the populated southern sections of Wichita Falls in the late afternoon on Tuesday, April 10, 1979, it was part of an outbreak. Despite having nearly an hour's advance warning that severe weather was imminent, 42 people were killed and 1,800 were injured because it arrived just in time for many people to be driving home from work, it left 20,000 people homeless and caused $400 million in damage, a U. S. record not topped by an individual tornado until the F5 Moore-Oklahoma City tornado of May 3, 1999. Wichita Falls is about 15 miles south of the border with Oklahoma, 115 mi northwest of Fort Worth, 140 mi southwest of Oklahoma City. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 70.71 square miles, of which 70.69 square miles are land and 0.02 square miles is covered by water.
Wichita Falls experiences a humid subtropical climate, featuring long hot and humid summers, cool winters. The city has some of the highest summer daily maximum temperatures in the entire U. S. outside of the Desert Southwest. Temperatures have hit 100 °F as early as March 27 and as late as October 17, but more reach that level on 28 days annually, with 102 days of 90 °F or higher annually. However, 59 to 60 nights of freezing lows occur, an average of 4.8 days where the high does not rise above freezing. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 42.0 °F in January to 84.4 °F in July. Extremes in temperature have ranged from −12 °F on January 4, 1947, to 117 °F on June 28, 1980. Snowfall is sporadic and averages 4.1 in per season, while rainfall is greatest in early summer. In September 2011, Wichita Falls became the first Texas city to have 100 days of 100 °F in one year. During the 2015 Texas–Oklahoma floods, Wichita Falls broke its all-time record for the wettest month, with 17.00 inches of rain recorded in May 2015.
Wichita Falls is no longer experiencing drought conditions. During a three-week period in May 2015, 17 inches of rain
Rogers County, Oklahoma
Rogers County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U. S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,905, making it the sixth-largest county in Oklahoma based on population, its county seat is Claremore. Rogers County is included in the OK Metropolitan Statistical Area. Created in 1907 from the western Saline District of the Cherokee Nation, this area was named the Cooweescoowee District, Cooweescoowee County at the time of statehood, but the residents protested and the name was changed to Rogers County, after Clem Vann Rogers, a prominent Cherokee rancher and father of Will Rogers. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the Arkansas Band of the Osage Nation settled in the Three Forks area (the junction of the Arkansas River, Grand River and Verdigris River during the 1760s and established two villages called Pasuga and Pasona in what is now Rogers County. Pasona was near an ancient earthwork platform mound near the Verdigris River, it was called Claremore Mound, to honor Osage chief Claremore In 1828, Cherokee bands who had left the Southeast early exchanged their Arkansas land for an area that included present-day Rogers County.
This had been ceded by the Osage in 1825 under a treaty to the United States. The area became organized by the Cherokee Nation as the Saline District of their portion of Indian Territory. In 1907 the western portion of that district was organized as the Cooweescoowee District. Upon statehood in 1908, the district was designated as a county named Cooweescoowee. Residents supported renaming the county in honor of Clement Vann Rogers, an early Cherokee settler and prominent rancher here. Shortly after statehood, Eastern University Preparatory School was established on College Hill, just west of Claremore, Oklahoma; the Oklahoma Military Academy, established in 1919, took over the facility. In 1971 the academy was closed and the facility was converted for use by Claremore Junior College; as a four-year curriculum and graduate departments were added, the state legislature renamed the institution as Rogers State College and Rogers University, before settling in 1998 on the current Rogers State University.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 711 square miles, of which 676 square miles is land and 36 square miles is water; the largest body of water is Lake Oologah. The main streams are the Verdigris River. There are several smaller creeks and lakes in the county. Nowata County Craig County Mayes County Wagoner County Tulsa County Washington County As of the census of 2010, there were 86,905 people, 31,884 households, 24,088 families residing in the county; the population density was 105 people per square mile. There were 27,476 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 75.3% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 13.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, 8.1% from two or more races. 3.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 8.7% English, 3.0% French, 2.5% Scottish, 2.2% Italian ancestries.96.7% spoke English, 1.7% Spanish, 0.4% German as their first language.
There were 31,884 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.90% were non-families. 19.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10. In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $58,434 and the median income for a family was $67,691; the per capita income for the county was $26,400. About 7.2% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
Catoosa Claremore Collinsville Owasso Tulsa Bushyhead Gregory Justus Limestone Sequoyah Tiawah Jamestown Keetonville The following sites in Rogers County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: I. W. W. Beck Building, Oologah The Belvidere, Claremore Chelsea Motel, Chelsea Claremore Auto Dealership, Claremore Eastern University Preparatory School, Claremore Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil Hanes Home, Sageeyah Hogue House, Chelsea Mendenhall's Bath House, Claremore Maurice Meyer Barracks, Claremore Oologah Bank, Oologah Oologah Pump, Oologah Pryor Creek Bridge, Chelsea Will Rogers Birthplace, Oologah Will Rogers Hotel, Claremore Verdigris Club Lodge, Catoosa Rogers County Government's website Rogers County Genealogy page Oklahoma Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma and Indian Territory Voices of Oklahoma interview with Frank Robson. First person interview conducted on November 2, 2009 with Frank Robson referencing the history of Rogers County, Oklahoma. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project