Yukon, Oklahoma

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Yukon is a city in Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 21,043 at the 2000 census.

Yukon is the hometown of country singer Garth Brooks, actor Dale Robertson, 2001 Miss Oklahoma USA Cortney Phillips and the red dirt band Cross Canadian Ragweed. In 1949, Yukon garnered national media attention because of the plight of Grady the Cow.

The Czech Hall, a national and state historic site, is devoted to preserving Czech customs, heritage, and culture. Community events include the Czech Festival in October, and the Chisholm Trail Festival in June. Yukon's sister city is Krnov in the Czech Republic.



Yukon was founded by A.N. Spencer in 1891.[3] Spencer, a cattleman from Texas turned railroad builder, was working on a line from El Reno to Arkansas when he decided to build the town.[4] Spencer filed the plat on the townsite on February 14, 1891.[4] He had agreed to do so and lay the train tracks through the town in exchange for half of the lots, which were owned by Minnie Taylor and Luther S. Morrison.[3] Taylor and Morrison had acquired the land since the 1889 land run.[3] Spencer also bought two quarter sections south of Main Street from Joseph Carson and his sister, Josephine.[4]

The first houses and businesses were located on the north side of Spencer Avenue (now Main Street) and present Fourth and Fifth Streets.[4] The Canadian County Courier reported on April 1, 1891, that the city had 25 homes, one bank, two real estate offices, two restaurants, a lumber yard, a hardware store, a grocery, a livery stable, two saloons, a blacksmith shop, a printing office, a barber shop, and a second barber shop "about completed."[4]

The Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway Company laid its track, causing the abandonment of Frisco, which had a population of 1,000 at the time.[3] Beginning in about 1898, Yukon began to attract immigrants from Bohemia. Following World War I and the dissolution of Bohemia into Czechoslovakia and Moravia, the immigrants became known as "Czechs."[3] Yukon is known as the "Czech Capital of Oklahoma."[3]

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