Hennessey, Oklahoma

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Hennessey is a town in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,058 at the 2000 census.



Hennessey is located at 36°6′29″N 97°53′54″W / 36.10806°N 97.89833°W / 36.10806; -97.89833 (36.108022, -97.898321).[3] It lies on the Chisholm Trail, the historic cattle trail on which is based today's U.S. Route 81.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.53%) is water. Hennessey is named after Pat Hennessy an Irish cowboy who was burned on a wagon wheel on the present townsite.

The Pat Hennessey Memorial Park can be found at the streets of Iowa and Arapaho. The location of his body is another story. Pat Hennessey was buried quickly next to the location of his death in a shallow grave. Rocks were placed over his body and teamsters passing by would continue to place markers on his grave. At some point in history Pat’s body was moved. Pat’s relatives could have possibly come from Ireland and took his body. The only known fact is that the body is not in the proposed gravesite at Memorial Park, because the excavations produced no remains.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,058 people, 769 households, and 545 families residing in the town. The population density was 552.7 people per square mile (213.6/km²). There were 900 housing units at an average density of 241.7/sq mi (93.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.99% White, 0.83% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 12.05% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.46% of the population.

There were 769 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.18.

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