Blaine County, Oklahoma

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Blaine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population is 11,976. Its county seat is Watonga[1]. Blaine County is the birthplace of voice actor Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck.

Part of the Cheyenne-Arapaho land opening in 1892, the county had gained rail lines by the early 1900s[2] and highways by the 1930s.[2][3] The county was named for James Blaine, a U.S. Congressional leader.[2]

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History

Blaine County was one of several counties created by the Land Run of 1892. It was designated as county "C" beginning in 1890 before the land run.[4] The area was settled by Creek and Seminole, who the federal government relocated to the area in the 1820s and 1830s.[2] The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were relocated to the area from Colorado in 1869, after the Reconstruction Treaties of 1866 had taken the land back from the Creek and Seminole.[2]

The land run was held after giving members of the tribe allotments of 160 acres (0.65 km2) each.[5]

A post office established in the county seat of Watonga, Oklahoma the same year as the land run.[6] The Enid and Anadarko Railway and the Blackwell, Enid and Southwester Railroad both ran lines through the countyfrom 1901 to 1903.[2] The Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railroad The Blaine County Courthouse was built in 1906.[6]

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