Elk City, Oklahoma

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Elk City is a city in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 10,510 at the 2000 census. Elk City is located on Interstate 40 and Historic U.S. Route 66 in Western Oklahoma, approximately 110 miles (180 km) west of Oklahoma City and 150 miles (240 km) east of Amarillo.

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History

European Exploration

In 1541, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado became the first known European to pass through the area. The Spanish conquistador was traveling northeast across the prairie in search of a place called Quivira, a city said to be fabulously wealthy with gold. Because Coronado's route across the plains is speculative[3], it is quite possible that the expedition passed through present-day Elk City or the nearby area.

Founding to Statehood

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