Webbers Falls, Oklahoma

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Webbers Falls is a town in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 726 at the 2000 census. The name comes from a 7 foot falls in the Arkansas River, itself named in honor of Walter Webber, a Cherokee leader who lived there in the early 19th Century.[1]

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The I-40 Bridge Disaster

On May 26, 2002, a barge collided with a bridge support near Webbers Falls, causing a 580 foot section of the I-40 bridge to plunge into Kerr Reservoir on the Arkansas river. Automobiles and semi-trucks fell into the water killing 14 people, including a three-year-old girl.

Geography

Webbers Falls is located at 35°30′36″N 95°8′48″W / 35.51°N 95.14667°W / 35.51; -95.14667 (35.510052, -95.146554)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²) of it is land and 0.26% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 726 people, 288 households, and 209 families residing in the town. The population density was 186.6 people per square mile (72.1/km²). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 93.6/sq mi (36.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 69.56% White, 0.28% African American, 24.79% Native American, 1.38% from other races, and 3.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 288 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.

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