Adair County, Oklahoma

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Adair County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 21,038. Its county seat is Stilwell.[1] Adair County was named after the Adair family of the Cherokee tribe.[2]

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History

The county was created in 1906 from the Goingsnake and Flint districts of the Cherokee Nation.[3] There was a decade-long struggle over what town would become the county seat between Stilwell and Westville.[4]

During the Great Depression and World War II, strawberries became a major crop in Adair County.[4] In 1948, the first Stilwell Strawberry Festival was organized.[4] The 2002 festival saw some 40,000 people in attendance.[4]

The 1910 census counted 10,535 residents.[3] By 1990, it was up to 18,421.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), most of it land (576 square miles or 1,491 kmĀ²) and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) or 0.24 percent of it water.

The county is part of the Ozark plateau uplift, the tree-covered foothills of the Boston Mountains.[3] North and central Adair County are drained by the Illinois River and three creeks.[3] Two more creeks lie near Stilwell.[3]

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