Perry, Oklahoma

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Perry is a town in Noble County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,230 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Noble County[3].



Perry was settled in 1893 as part of the Cherokee Outlet, and was at one time referred to as Hell's Half-Acre.[citation needed]

It is the smallest town in Oklahoma with a daily newspaper.[4]

Perry moved from a strong mayor form of government to a Home Rule Charter. The town is in the process of transitioning to a City Manager.[citation needed]

Timothy McVeigh was stopped on April 19, 1995, along Interstate 35 outside of Perry by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper. The trooper had passed McVeigh's yellow 1977 Mercury Marquis and noticed it had no license plate. He arrested McVeigh for carrying a loaded firearm. Three days later, while still in jail, McVeigh was identified as the subject of the nationwide manhunt.[5][6]


Perry is located at 36°17′29″N 97°17′28″W / 36.29139°N 97.29111°W / 36.29139; -97.29111 (36.291424, -97.291144)[7]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.7 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (10.98%) is water.


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