Catoosa, Oklahoma

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Catoosa is a river city in Rogers and Wagoner counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 5,449 at the 2000 census. As of 2009, the estimated population was 7,897.

Catoosa is an Inland seaport. The Port of Catoosa is the farthest inland seaport in the United States,[3] linking Tulsa to the Arkansas River and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.

Catoosa is located along historic Route 66.

The name of the city is derived from the Cherokee language, phonetically pronounced "Ga-du-si" or "Ga-tu-si". Various interpretations of this word exist, including: between two hills, on the hill, into the hills, and possibly signifying a prominent hill or place thereon.



The Cherokee Nation controlled the region during the 19th century.[4] After the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad laid tracks in the early 1880s, the community became a cow town.[4]

The town grew from a population of 241 in 1900 to 410 by 1910.[4] By 1930, the population was back down to 264, but by 1960, was up to 638.[4]

In 1971, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa opened and gave the town an economic boom.[4] The port's 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) industrial park provided provided jobs for over 2,600 workers by the 21st century.[4]

In 2000 the Catoosa School District enrolled 2,416 students, and the town's population stood at 5,449.[4]


Catoosa is located at 36°10′56″N 95°45′35″W / 36.18222°N 95.75972°W / 36.18222; -95.75972 (36.182194, -95.759616)[5], 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma in Rogers County, Oklahoma. This location provides mid-America river shipping access at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²), of which, 7.0 square miles (18.0 km²) of it is land and 0.14 percent is water.

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