Adair, Oklahoma

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Adair is a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 704 at the 2000 census. Named for two prominent Cherokee brothers, the town was established in 1883 and opened a Cherokee school.[3]



Adair is named after two Cherokee brothers, William Penn Adair and Dr. Walter Thompson Adair.[3] It was established on March 15, 1883, and incorporated in 1897.[3] William Penn Adair lived in the area off and on for 17 years beginning in the late 1860s.[4]

In the 1880s, a Cherokee school was started, and opened up to white students around the time of Oklahoma statehood.[3]


Adair lies 10 miles (16 km) north of Pryor, Oklahoma on U.S. Highway 69 in Mayes County, Oklahoma.[3] The city lies in the northeastern portion of the state known as "Green Country"[5] and is not far from the borders of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. Adair's geographic coordinates are 36°26′13″N 95°15′45″W / 36.43694°N 95.2625°W / 36.43694; -95.2625 (36.436910, -95.262546)[6] with an elevation of 640 ft (200 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²), all of it land.

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