Thackerville, Oklahoma

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Thackerville is a town in Love County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 404 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Thackerville is located at 33°47′45″N 97°8′37″W / 33.79583°N 97.14361°W / 33.79583; -97.14361 (33.795874, -97.143677)[3]. It is situated near the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and State Highway 153, five miles north of the Texas state line and ten miles south of Marietta in south central Love County.[4][5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Thackerville was founded in the mid-19th century. The community is named after Zacariah Thacker, a pioneer from Arkansas.[5] It is believed that he was headed for the Amarillo, Texas area, but he camped one night at Wolf Hollow Creek in Indian Territory and remained there until his death a few years later.[6] Thacker befriended some of the local Indians and together they famed a very productive corn crop.[4] Before long, many people began settling in the area.

After Thacker's detath in 1887, the community relocated from its original site near Addington Bend, to its present location. The main reason behind the move was to be closer to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.[4] A depot was constructed and the first grocery store, built by Oce McCage, opened across from it. Soon after, a school, churches, and a post office were constructed. Thackerville had a dirt main street with board walks that connected store porches.[6]

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