Colcord, Oklahoma

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Colcord is a small farming town in southern Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States. The community lies in the northeastern part of the state in a region known as Green Country. At the 2000 census, the population was 819.

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History

Colcord's history starts decades before the establishment of the town itself, with the community of Row, Indian Territory, in the 1890s. As settlers moved to the area, the town of Row grew and businesses formed, including a bank, a school, a hotel, and others. A Post Office was established on May 20, 1905.[3]

In the 1920s, a road (later known as Oklahoma State Highway 116) was built that passed 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the then-healthy town of Row. A rural mail carrier, Charles Burbage, who owned land to the south where the new road was established, platted 64.8 acres (0.262 km2) into blocks, lots and streets.

The area grew into a community known as "Little Tulsa" to locals, until residents changed the name in September 1928 to "Colcord," after Charles Francis Colcord. Mr. Colcord was a successful and prominent cattle rancher, oil businessman, and early Oklahoma Territory lawman from Oklahoma City, who owned a large ranch west of the two towns.[3] The ranch employed many local residents, and was very important to the economy and spirit of the area.

Due to better transportation and a disastrous fire that wiped out many Row businesses, most of the Row community eventually moved to Colcord. The Row post office was moved to Colcord on February 1, 1930,[4] and the new town was approved to build a high school. A feud between the two towns ensued, and in the first eleven years of Colcord's existence, the school was involved in eleven lawsuits.

The community hosts a parade called "Old Settlers Day" in June each year[5] to honor its heritage and the many people that settled in the area and established the town.

New Life Ranch

New Life Ranch (NLR) is a nearby 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) Christian camp which functions as a summer camp for kids in grades 3-12 and a retreat center throughout the rest of the year.[6] Children and teenagers from all over the United States attend the camp, participating in one-week resident sessions June through August. In 2007, approximately 10,000 people attended camp and retreats hosted at NLR.[6]

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