Corn, Oklahoma

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Corn is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 591 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Corn is located 13 miles northeast of Cordell in western Oklahoma. Its geographic coordinates are 35°22′42″N 98°47′0″W / 35.37833°N 98.783333°W / 35.37833; -98.783333 (35.378269, -98.783200)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.

History

Originally the name of the town of Corn was spelled Korn, but was changed during World War I due to anti-German sentiment.[4] There are several stories as to how the town received the name Corn. However, the most commonly believed story is that the town received its name because its first post office was in a corn field.

The town was originally settled by German and Russian Mennonites.[4] In the late 1800s, around the time of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Land Run, a Mennonite Brethren missionary stationed nearby invited fellow Mennonites from Kansas to homestead in the area. They brought along "Turkey Red" wheat, which grew well in the western Oklahoma soil. On its one-hundredth birthday the town received a historical marker celebrating this accomplishment.

World War I brought harassment by vigilantes and the county Council of Defense on many of the Germans and Mennonites that lived in and around Corn.[5] Not only did the town change its name during this time, but a German newspaper ceased operation.[5]

The town is also known for being the second tornado filmed in history (and the first in the United States), on June 8, 1951. The first known tornado captured on film was a waterspout in Cuba in 1933.

On April 23, 2010 the public school in Corn, Washita Heights, closed due to lack of students in the district and lack of funding from the state. The near by town of Cordell took over the district. The private school, Corn Bible, still remains open.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 591 people, 198 households, and 136 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,630.2 people per square mile (633.9/km²). There were 226 housing units at an average density of 623.4/sq mi (242.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.71% White, 0.34% African American, 1.86% Native American, 2.88% from other races, and 3.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.57% of the population.

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