Boswell, Oklahoma

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Boswell is a town in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 703 at the 2000 census.



Boswell is located at 34°1′42″N 95°52′12″W / 34.02833°N 95.87°W / 34.02833; -95.87 (34.028266, -95.869943)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 1.43% is water.



The Boswell area was one of the Choctaw Nation's first and most important settlements. A Presbyterian missionary station was founded at Mayhew, Indian Territory, three miles north of present-day Boswell in the 1840s. It soon became a government center as well as seat of civilization. Mayhew became the administrative and judicial capital of the Pushmataha District, one of three administrative super-regions comprising the Choctaw Nation.[5]

A United States Post Office was established at Mayhew, Indian Territory on February 5, 1845 and operated until September 30, 1902. It then moved two miles south to Boswell, which was then a new townsite along the new railroad, and changed its name to Boswell.

Boswell was named for S.C. Boswell, a local merchant.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 703 people, 298 households, and 188 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,024.4 people per square mile (393.4/km²). There were 377 housing units at an average density of 549.4/sq mi (211.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.14% White, 8.25% African American, 17.64% Native American, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 5.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

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