Barnsdall, Oklahoma

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Barnsdall is a city in Osage County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,325 at the 2000 census.



Barnsdall is located at 36°33′34″N 96°09′40″W / 36.559344°N 96.161062°W / 36.559344; -96.161062.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land. The townside was founded in 1905 and originally named Bigheart, for the Osage Chief James Bigheart. It was renamed in 1922 in honor of oilman Theodore Newton Barnsdall.



Barnsdall's annual Bigheart Day is held Memorial Day Weekend.

The Saturday before memorial day is centered around a parade and other events.

Bigheart Day hosts the following events:

  • Fishing Tournament at Lake Waxhoma. Ages 4–12.
  • Frog Race and Turtle Race after the fishing tournament.
  • Carnival; depends on the city budget.
  • Tricycle races.
  • Live music. Bands that have played, Celestial Impulse(disbanded),Accusing of the Believing(disbanded),and Pake Mackentire
  • Street vendors.
  • Parade at noon.
  • Alumni panther football game.
  • Street dance; usually 7pm - Midnight.
  • Alumni Basketball game.

Barnsdall also hosts an annual Christmas Parade.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,325 people, 542 households, and 357 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,195.3 people per square mile (852.6/km2). There were 630 housing units at an average density of 1,043.8/sq mi (405.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.26% White, 15.62% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 9.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population.

There were 542 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.

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