Kingfisher County, OK

Kingfisher CountyKingfisher County was created in 1890 from Unassigned Lands, and was originally known as County No. 5. It was named for nearby Kingfisher Creek, which was named for a man, King Fisher, who owned a stage stop. Land in Kingfisher County was distributed in the April 22, 1889 Land Rush.

Located on a natural track between the hills and less watered lands, Kingfisher County was a travel grounds for nomadic tribes, military supply routes, pony express and stage coach routes. The site of Kingfisher's Stage Station lies within the city limits of Kingfisher, the present county seat. As millions of Texas Longhorns traversed to Kansas railheads to feed a hungry post Civil War nation, Kingfisher was a section of the fabled Chisholm Trail.

Kingfisher was the starting line for the "Run of '89" pioneers who did not have to run too far. Kingfisher became one of the Oklahoma towns which grew from bald prairie fields to a bustling city overnight.

Abraham Jefferson Seay, second Territorial Governor of Oklahoma had a dream of making Kingfisher the capital of Oklahoma, but his dream fell short .

Kingfisher's basic agricultural economy was in place prior to the Land Run of '89. After settlement, wheatlands were developed and much later came the great oil booms. Large cattle operations leased from Indian tribes were located here. Even during major economic setbacks the three legs of Kingfisher's economy - cattle, wheat and oil remained as strong economic generators.

Around the turn of the century the slogan "Buckle of the Wheat Belt" came to designate Kingfisher. With no rail west of town and a major federal road running through the county (US 81), wheat came from as far as a hundred miles. Kingfisher was the largest wheat market in America and is still perceived as such today.

Census records are available beginning with the 1890 First Territorial
Census. Most county records begin in 1890.

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Gant School House

From the start the settlers of Oklahoma made provisions for eduction. The proceeds form sections six and thirty-six of each township were reserved for schools. There were country schools every three miles with names like Pleasant Valley, Good Hope, or in this case Gant.

Kingfisher, OK Historic Schoolhouses

Senator Bowman Home

Among the many sites of interests in and around Kingfisher, one is the Historical Home of Senator George and Edna Bowman. Mrs. Bowman, still residing in the home is always ready to share the history and story of their life in Kingfisher and in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher, OK Historic Homes

Historic Church

SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Kingfisher, OK Historic Churches

Chisholm Trail Museum

The Chisholm Trail Museum, named for Jesse Chisholm, is situated directly on the Chisholm Trail and presents artifacts from the historic Chisholm cattle trail. See, first hand, items and their history and Kingfisher's place within.

Native American Artifacts

Kingfisher, OK Museums

Kingfisher Municipal Golf Course

The Kingfisher Municipal Golf Course is located less than 1 mile east of the city's center on Broadway. The 18

Kingfisher, OK Golf Courses

Vernie Snow Aquatic Center

"Kingfisher's indoor swimming facility..." is FUN! FUN! FUN! all year round and offers swimming and aerobic programs. What could be more fun than renting The Vernie Snow Aquatic Center for events such as birthday parties, receptions or other private events.

Kingfisher, OK Fun Centers

Governor Seay Mansion

The Seay Mansion is a monument to a dream, a dream that Kingfisher would be the new capitol of Oklahoma Territory; a dream that never came true. Abraham Jefferson Seay, the second Territorial Governor of Oklahoma from 1892 to 1893, built the three-story mansion named, "Horizon Hill,"

Kingfisher, OK Museums

Outdoor Sculptures

This sculpture on Main Street is on display for all to admire and to reflect on the history and contributions of those who gave of themselves for the growth of our cities and our country. "The Farmer - He Feeds the World" - Sculptor, Tasso Pitsiri Located above the sculpture is "

Kingfisher, OK Arts

Jesse Chisholm Statue

The Chisholm Trail was named after Jesse Chisholm (1805 - 1868), a mixed-blood Cherokee guide and trader. Chisholm had moved goods and cattle over a part of the route and travelers began referring to it as Chisholm's Trail.

Kingfisher, OK Arts

Outdoor Murals

"Kingfisher, OK" (Main Street) - artists, Palmer, Ellison, Nix, Stone, and town folk Newspaper Bldg., Southeast corner of Main and Roberts

Kingfisher, OK Arts

Dalton Cabin

In 1889, the parents of the Dalton gang - Adaline Younger Dalton and James Lewis Dalton - planned to move to Oklahoma. Mr. Dalton died on the way, leaving Adaline with three young children to raise: Nancy, Leona, and Simon. An older, feeble-minded son named Charles Benjamin accompanied them.

Kingfisher, OK Pioneer History

Cole Cabin

A more ordinary settler family was that of Samuel and Dorothy Cole. They built this cabin southeast of Hennessey in 1890. It was built of oak logs cut on the farm and hauled to the building site in a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen.

Kingfisher, OK Pioneer History

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