Mulhall, Oklahoma

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Mulhall is a town in Logan and Payne counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 239 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The town is named after Zach Mulhall, father of Lucille Mulhall who was the first official 'cowgirl' to actually compete against men in rodeo events and win. The town name was changed from Alfred to Mulhall due to a petition made by Zach to the railroad shortly after the land run of 1889 because there were two towns named 'Alfred' at that time.

Most of the town was destroyed on May 3, 1999 110 years after the towns founding, by a violent high-end F4 tornado (possibly F5 before hitting the town) which was recorded to be also well over one mile wide at times. The town's water tower even collapsed due to the violent winds.

Lucille's restaurant, located in the old Bank Building was the only original structure to survive the tornado. The restaurant had one of the best and freshest salad bars in the county and boasted a heaping helping of eclectic photographs of Lucille and her family during the heyday of their lives and performances in Wild West Shows featured in the decor. On September 2, 2009 the restaurant was extensively damaged by fire. According to an article in the January 23, 2010 issue of the Stillwater Newspress, the owners have decided not to reopen the restaurant.

Zach Mulhall hosted his own show for many years across the country with Lucille starring in those shows along with her siblings. Zach and the Mulhall family were also friends with the Miller Brothers of 101 Ranch Fame in nearby Ponca City and often performed with them and shared talent for their shows when needed. Will Rogers and Tom Mix were also integral parts of the early years of the shows and Will is credited with teaching Lucille how to twirl-another talent she was known for!

Geography

Mulhall is located at 36°3′55″N 97°24′18″W / 36.06528°N 97.405°W / 36.06528; -97.405 (36.065393, -97.405081)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 239 people, 88 households, and 69 families residing in the town. The population density was 957.3 people per square mile (369.1/km²). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 376.5/sq mi (145.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.63% White, 1.67% Native American, 1.26% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 4.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% of the population.

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