Drumright is a city in Creek and Payne counties in the U. S. state of Oklahoma. It began as an oil boom town. However, the population has declined; the population was 2,907 at the 2010 census unchanged from 2,905 at the 2000 census. Drumright and nearby Cushing were at the center of a large, productive oilfield in the 1910s and 1920s; the town sprang up nearly overnight in 1912, after wildcatter Tom Slick struck oil on the farm of Frank Wheeler, causing a rush of speculators, oilfield workers, merchants into the area. A post office was established in the community on December 28, 1912. Local landowners James W. Fulkerson and Aaron Drumright platted a townsite, called Fulkerson, The town was renamed for Aaron Drumright, a farmer and local businessman whose farm was part of the townsite. Oil workers flooded into town so that they lived in tents or shacks made from box cars, causing the community to be known locally as "Ragtown." Hotels and boarding houses were constructed next, as well as amenities like gambling dens, dance halls, roadhouses, where the workers could spend their money.
Drumright incorporated as a town on May 27, 1913. In 1914, the city built a two-story building of stone to serve as an high school, it was called Washington School, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two banks opened in the town during 1914. Drumright was designated a first-class city after an election on April 18, 1916; the 1920 census reported a population of 6,460. The Oil Fields and Santa Fe Railway built a track from Frey Junction to Drumright in 1915; the following year the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad built a line north from Shamrock to Drumright. The AT&SF acquired the Oil Fields and Santa Fe Railway. In 1919 a riot broke out in Drumright during a strike by telephone workers; the town's mayor and chief of police were locked in the town jail by rioters. The Governor of Oklahoma sent six militia units to town to restore order. Beginning with the Depression of the 1930s, the town declined as oil production waned, a large refinery at the edge of town closed in the 1950s.
Tornadoes have caused loss of life and property damage in Drumright on at least two occasions: on April 2, 1956, when five people were killed and several homes, a school, the public library were damaged. Drumright is located in western Creek County at 35°59′17″N 96°36′2″W. A small portion of the city extends west into Payne County. Drumright is 26 miles west of Sapulpa 42 miles southwest of Tulsa and 76 miles northeast of Oklahoma City at the junction of State Highways 16, 33 and 99. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles, of which 0.02 square miles, or 0.19%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,905 people, 1,209 households, 790 families residing in the city; the population density was 411.8 people per square mile. There were 1,378 housing units at an average density of 195.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 84.44% White, 0.93% African American, 8.47% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.17% from other races, 5.96% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population. There were 1,209 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,292, the median income for a family was $34,761. Males had a median income of $30,069 versus $20,123 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,511. About 13.7% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
Drumright has a council-manager form of government. The current Mayor is Deborah Guillot Bright; the Vice Mayor is Gary Davis. Today, gas, education and agriculture are the largest local industries. Drumright is home to an area vocational and technical school, Central Technology Center, which opened August 22, 1970, employs about 125 people. Drumright is home to the Drumright Regional Hospital. A tourist attraction is the Tidewater Winery that opened in a historic building that once served as a school for the children of refinery workers. Cushing-Drumright Oil Field Jackson Barnett No. 11 Oil Well City of Drumright official website Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Drumright City of Drumright Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfDrumright/
Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, Colorado on the northwest. It is the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States; the state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907, its residents are known as Oklahomans, its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. A major producer of natural gas and agricultural products, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, telecommunications, biotechnology.
Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa serve as Oklahoma's primary economic anchors, with nearly two thirds of Oklahomans living within their metropolitan statistical areas. With ancient mountain ranges, prairie and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains, Cross Timbers, the U. S. Interior Highlands, a region prone to severe weather. More than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, ranking third behind Alaska and California. Oklahoma is on a confluence of three major American cultural regions and served as a route for cattle drives, a destination for Southern settlers, a government-sanctioned territory for Native Americans; the name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase okla humma meaning red people. Choctaw Nation Chief Allen Wright suggested the name in 1866 during treaty negotiations with the federal government on the use of Indian Territory, in which he envisioned an all-Indian state controlled by the United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Equivalent to the English word Indian, okla humma was a phrase in the Choctaw language that described Native American people as a whole.
Oklahoma became the de facto name for Oklahoma Territory, it was approved in 1890, two years after the area was opened to white settlers. The name of the state is Pawnee: Uukuhuúwa, Cayuga: Gahnawiyoˀgeh. In the Chickasaw language, the state is known as Oklahomma', in Arapaho as bo'oobe'. Oklahoma is the 20th-largest state in the United States, covering an area of 69,899 square miles, with 68,595 square miles of land and 1,304 square miles of water, it lies in the Great Plains near the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states. It is bounded on the east by Arkansas and Missouri, on the north by Kansas, on the northwest by Colorado, on the far west by New Mexico, on the south and near-west by Texas. Much of its border with Texas lies along a failed continental rift; the geologic figure defines the placement of the Red River. The Oklahoma panhandle's Western edge is out of alignment with its Texas border; the Oklahoma/New Mexico border is 2.1 miles to 2.2 miles east of the Texas line. The border between Texas and New Mexico was set first as a result of a survey by Spain in 1819.
It was set along the 103rd meridian. In the 1890s, when Oklahoma was formally surveyed using more accurate surveying equipment and techniques, it was discovered the Texas line was not set along the 103rd meridian. Surveying techniques were not as accurate in 1819, the actual 103rd meridian was 2.2 miles to the east. It was much easier to leave the mistake than for Texas to cede land to New Mexico to correct the surveying error; the placement of the Oklahoma/New Mexico border represents the true 103rd meridian. Cimarron County in Oklahoma's panhandle is the only county in the United States that touches four other states: New Mexico, Texas and Kansas. Oklahoma is between the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau in the Gulf of Mexico watershed sloping from the high plains of its western boundary to the low wetlands of its southeastern boundary, its highest and lowest points follow this trend, with its highest peak, Black Mesa, at 4,973 feet above sea level, situated near its far northwest corner in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The state's lowest point is on the Little River near its far southeastern boundary near the town of Idabel, which dips to 289 feet above sea level. Among the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma is one of four to harbor more than 10 distinct ecological regions, with 11 in its borders—more per square mile than in any other state, its western and eastern halves, are marked by extreme differences in geographical diversity: Eastern Oklahoma touches eight ecological regions and its western half contains three. Although having fewer ecological regions Western Oklahoma contains many relic species. Oklahoma has four primary mountain ranges: the Ouachita Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains, the Wichita Mountains, the Ozark Mountains. Contained within the U. S. Interior Highlands region, the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains are the only major mountainous region between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians. A portion of the Flint Hills stretches into north-central Oklahoma, near the state's eastern border, The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department regards Cavanal Hill as the world's tallest hill.
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Sapulpa is a city in Creek and Tulsa counties in the U. S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 20,544 at the 2010 United States census, compared to 19,166 at the 2000 census; as of 2013 the estimated population was 20,836. It is the county seat of Creek County; the town was named after the area's first permanent settler, a full-blood Lower Creek Indian named Sapulpa, of the Kasihta Tribe, from Osocheetown, Alabama. About 1850, he established a trading post near the meeting of Rock creeks; when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built a spur to this area in 1886, it was known as Sapulpa Station. The Sapulpa post office was chartered July 1, 1889; the town was incorporated March 31, 1898. After Oklahoma became a state, each county held an election to determine the location of the county seat. Sapulpa competed with Bristow for county seat of Creek County. After five years of contested elections and court suits, the question was settled by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on August 1, 1913. Sapulpa was ruled the winner.
The county courthouse was completed in 1914, replacing an earlier structure built in 1902. The area around Sapulpa produced walnuts when the town was founded. In 1898, the Sapulpa Pressed Brick was established, followed in a few years by the Sapulpa Brick Company; this began the clay products industry. The founding of Premium Glass Company in 1912 marked Sapulpa's entry to glass manufacturing. Premium Glass was absorbed into Liberty Glass Company in 1918. Other glass producers in the city were Bartlett-Collins Glass Company, Schram Glass Company, Sunflower Glass Company. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History, Sapulpa became known as "The Crystal City of the Southwest". Sapulpa is the home of Frankoma Pottery. In 1889 the Frisco route between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, passing through Sapulpa, was opened; the Frisco built a railyard in Sapulpa and by 1900 designated Sapulpa as the location of an overhaul base for its rolling stock. In 1900, construction of the line from Sapulpa to Denison, Texas was started and rushed to completion by March 1901.
With changes in ownership over the years, the portion of the old Frisco line between Sapulpa and Del City, near Oklahoma City ended up owned by the State of Oklahoma. In 1998, the line was leased to Stillwater Central Railroad, in 2014 was sold to that company; the sale contract included a requirement to start a six-month daily passenger service trial run before August 2019, with a financial penalty for not meeting the deadline set at $2.8 million. In June of 2018, the Stillwater Central, being only a freight operator, issued a request for proposal to begin the process of securing another private rail carrier to provide the passenger service, such service known locally as the Eastern Flyer; the terms include an initial period of 10 years, involves only the route between Sapulpa and Del City, but with the expectation of working with city officials to expand service to the downtowns of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Separately, Sapulpa in the early days was on the route of the Sapulpa & Interurban Railway streetcar/interurban line connecting to Tulsa in one direction, Kiefer and Mounds in the other.
S&I subsequently went through a series of mergers and name changes, with only the Tulsa-to-Sapulpa portion continuing as the Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway. Sapulpa is located in the northeast corner of Creek County at 36°0′13″N 96°6′17″W. A small portion of the city extends north into Tulsa County and was annexed into the city in 2004. Downtown Tulsa is 14 miles to the northeast via Interstate 44; the Creek Turnpike branches east from I-44 in northeastern Sapulpa and provides a southern and eastern bypass of Tulsa. In January 2018, the Sapulpa City Council voted to approve the annexation of 300 acres of land in West Tulsa; the land is bordered to the north by 51st street, to the south by Southwest Blvd, to the west by 65th West Avenue. This annexation included the future site of the interchange of the Gilcrease Expressway and I-44. However, the city has now planned to de-anex this area back to the city of Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Sapulpa has a total area of 25.1 square miles, of which 24.3 square miles is land and 0.81 square miles, or 3.21%, is water.
As of the 2010 census, there were 20,544 people, 8,015 households, 5,497 families residing in the city. The population density was 844.3 people per square mile. There were 8,903 housing units at an average density of 435.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 77.5% White, 3.0% African American, 10.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, 6.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population. There were 7,430 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.9% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00. In the city, the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $40,372 and the median income for a family was $52,639. Males had a median income of
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Depew is a town in Creek County, United States. It is forty-one miles southwest of Tulsa; the population was 476 at the 2010 census, a loss of 15.6 percent from 564 at the 2000 census. The town was named in honor of New York Senator Chauncey Depew. Depew began as a settlement named Hall in 1898, when the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Railroad built a line between Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. In 1901, Walter F. Malley gave it the present name and opened a post office. Depew is located at 35°48′5″N 96°30′24″W, it is about 29 miles southwest of Sapulpa, OklahomaAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 564 people, 213 households, 145 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,423.4 people per square mile. There were 240 housing units at an average density of 605.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 74.47% White, 8.69% African American, 9.57% Native American, 7.27% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population. There were 213 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.32. In the town, the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males. The median income for a household in the town was $25,536, the median income for a family was $29,250. Males had a median income of $23,438 versus $18,542 for females; the per capita income for the town was $10,868. About 19.2% of families and 22.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.
The NAACP labeled this town a reactionary town due to its significant involvement in and opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior set up what he called "freedom schools" in Depew to educate local blacks on how to peacefully gain their right to vote in Creek County, thus the black community in Depew is rather strong compared to most of the surrounding towns. Wayne Cooper, Western painter and sculptor John "Mr. John" Alexander. Legendary Oilfield Worker. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Depew
Bristow is a city in Creek County, United States. The population was 4,222 at the 2010 census, down 2.4 percent from 4,325 at the 2000 census. Bristow began in 1898, when the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway built a track between Sapulpa and Oklahoma City; the town was named for Joseph L. Bristow, a U. S. senator from Kansas. A post office was established April 25, 1898. By the 1900 census, the population was 626. Bristow was designated as the county seat for Creek County at statehood when its population was 1,134. However, the county held a special election on August 20, 1908, to decide whether the seat would remain in Bristow or move to Sapulpa, which claimed to be more centrally located. Bristow claimed to have better railroad connections. Sapulpa won the election; the election was voided and a new vote was held November 20, 1912. Again, Sapulpa won the title of county seat; the local economy depended on cotton. Bristow had two cottonseed oil mills in the early 20th century. Other farms in the surrounding area produced corn, peanuts and fruit.
Oil and gas were discovered in the area around 1915. The discovery led to the construction of three refineries and four pipeline companies by 1930; the Oklahoma-Southwestern Railway Company built a short line from the oilfields to Bristow in 1920. The peak census population was 6,619 in 1930 Several sites in Bristow are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Beard Motor Company, Bristow Chrysler Plymouth, Bristow Motor Company Building, Bristow Presbyterian Church, Bristow Tire Shop, Little Deep Fork Creek Bridge, Texaco Service Station. Bristow is located in northern Oklahoma, just south of the geographic center of Creek County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles, of which 3.6 square miles is land and 0.08 square miles, or 1.66%, is water. The geographic coordinates of Bristow are 35°49′51″N 96°23′26″W. Interstate 44, the Turner Turnpike, passes through the northern part of the city, with access from Exit 196.
I-44 leads northeast 20 miles to Sapulpa and 33 miles to downtown Tulsa, southwest 76 miles to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma State Highway 66 U. S. Route 66, passes through the center of Bristow and parallels I-44; as of the census of 2000, there were 4,325 people, 1,793 households, 1,161 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,299.2 people per square mile. There were 2,019 housing units at an average density of 606.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.42% White, 8.51% African American, 10.64% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.44% from other races, 4.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.01% of the population. There were 1,793 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.2% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,351, the median income for a family was $31,618. Males had a median income of $28,475 versus $21,711 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,819. About 15.8% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over. From its inception, Bristow's economy centered on agriculture, on growing and processing cotton. By the early 1900s, Bristow had two cotton-seed oil mills. Additionally, other farmers in the area produced corn, Irish potatoes, fruits. Oil and natural gas were discovered nearby in 1914 - 1915, producing an economic boom lasting until 1923.
The boom caused a population spike. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, nearly 31,000 people lived within a few miles radius of Bristow in 1920. Although the boom cooled by 1925, by 1930 the city was the site of three oil refineries, four pipeline facilities and offices for several petroleum-related companies. KFRU, one of Oklahoma's first radio stations, started broadcasting from Bristow in January 1925; some manufacturing facilities were added during the 1960s, including Bristow Mattress Factory, the Glassmarc Corporation, Artemis Incorporated, the U. S. Carpet Company. Bristow has a home-rule charter form of government. Josiah Henson, bronze medalist at the 1952 Summer Olympics Clovis Maksoud, diplomat and journalist Tom Paxton, influential American folk singer, moved to Bristow with his parents in 1948 Robert Symonds, actor City of Bristow official website Bristow visitors' website