Ketchum, Oklahoma

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Ketchum is a town in Craig County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 286 at the 2000 census.



Ketchum was named for a prominent Methodist minister named James Ketchum who helped found the town in 1898. Ketchum was originally located in Northeastern Mayes County, Oklahoma, but was relocated to Southeastern Craig County around 1912 when the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Gulf Railroad (KO&G) was platted out and because the origial townsite sat in an area that was to be filled in by the lake. Nearby Grand Lake is a large tourist attraction and makes this otherwise quiet small town become quite active, especially during weekends and holidays. Along with resdients, people come to Grand Lake from as far as Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Wichita, and many other areas.

Construction is currently underway to upgrade the town's airport which was formerly known as the Craig County South Grand Lake Airport. A group of private investors is funding the new airport which includes paving the former grass runway. When the new airport is completed it will be a full service regional airport and will be named the South Grand Lake Municipal Airport.


Ketchum is located at 36°31′32″N 95°01′33″W / 36.525627°N 95.025720°W / 36.525627; -95.025720.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km2), all of it land.


At the 2000 census[1], there were 286 people, 120 households and 78 families residing in the town. The population density was 612.7 per square mile (234.9/km2). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 327.8/sq mi (125.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.88% White, 0.35% African American, 18.53% Native American, 0.35% Pacific Islander, and 11.89% from two or more races.

There were 120 households of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

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