Canute, Oklahoma

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Canute is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 524 at the 2000 census.



Canute is located at 35°25′14″N 99°16′48″W / 35.42056°N 99.28°W / 35.42056; -99.28 (35.420440, -99.279864)[3], elevation 1,890 feet (576 m).According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.



Canute was established in the early 1900s and located on the now-defunct Rock Island Railroad. Following the advent of the automobile, Canute became a popular stop along U.S. Route 66 and a large number of tourist businesses including gasoline service stations, motels and restaurants. However, when Interstate 40 bypassed the small village to the north in May, 1970 and received only one exit from the freeway, the local economy went into a decline due to the bypass and the concurrent closure of nearby Clinton-Sherman Air Force base at Burns Flat, leading most of those businesses to shut down. Today, Canute businesses include a bank and auto repair shop on Route 66, a strip bar[5], along with a gas station/convenience store and a motel at the I-40 interchange.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 524 people, 214 households, and 145 families residing in the town. The population density was 854.2 people per square mile (331.7/km²). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 394.5/sq mi (153.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.36% White, 0.57% African American, 1.91% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 7.25% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.63% of the population.

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