Major County, Oklahoma

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Major County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 7,545. Its county seat is Fairview[1].

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History

Upon statehood in 1907, Major County was created from southern part of a territorial county.[2] Fairview, which had been settled following the Land Run of 1893, was designated the county seat and voters reaffirmed the choice on December 22, 1908.[3] The county's commissioners rented office space until a brick courthouse was constructed.[3] A second courthouse, made of stone, was erected in 1928.[3]

Named for John Charles Major, a representative to the state's 1906 Constitutional Convention, the area was originally settled by large numbers of Kansas Mennonites.[2] One county town, Meno, received its name from an early leader of the Mennonite movement.[2]

The county experienced "Black Sunday" dust storms on April 14, 1935.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 958 square miles (2,481 km²), of which 957 square miles (2,478 km²) is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) (0.12%) is water.

The town of Ringwood is a well known producer of watermelons in the region and holds a Watermelon Festival annually.[4]

Major highways

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