Drumright, Oklahoma

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Drumright is a city in Creek and Payne counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 2,905 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town sprang up nearly overnight in 1912 after wildcatter Tom Slick struck oil on the farm of Frank Wheeler, causing a rush of speculators, oilfield workers, and merchants into the area. The town was named for Aaron Drumright, a farmer and later local businessman whose farm was part of the townsite. Drumright and nearby Cushing were at the center of a large, productive oilfield in the 1910s and 1920s.

In 1919 a riot broke out in Drumright during a strike by telephone workers. The town's mayor and chief of police were locked in the town jail by rioters. The Governor of Oklahoma sent six militia units to town to restore order.

Beginning with the Depression of the 1930s, the town declined as oil production waned, and a large refinery at the edge of town closed in the 1950s.

Today, oil and agriculture are the largest local industries. Drumright is also home to an area vocational and technical school that is a large employer. Most recently, a winery has opened in a historic building that once served as a school for refinery workers.

Tornadoes have caused loss of life and property damage in Drumright on at least two occasions: on April 2, 1956, when five people were killed and several homes, a school, and the public library were damaged; and on June 8, 1974, when 12 people were killed, a nursing home was destroyed, and about 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Education

Central Technology Center

Geography

Drumright is located at 35°59′17″N 96°36′2″W / 35.98806°N 96.60056°W / 35.98806; -96.60056 (35.988168, -96.600570)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.3 km2), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,905 people, 1,209 households, and 790 families residing in the city. The population density was 411.8 people per square mile (159.1/km²). There were 1,378 housing units at an average density of 195.4/sq mi (75.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.44% White, 0.93% African American, 8.47% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 5.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

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