Kingfisher, Oklahoma

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Kingfisher is a city in and the county seat of Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States.[3] The population was 4,380 at the 2000 census. It is the former home and namesake of Kingfisher College.

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History

It came into existence on April 22, 1889, when land owned by the federal government was opened to settlement by "land run." A huge area in what is now central Oklahoma was literally "peopled" by Americans overnight. The city is situated on a part of the Chisholm Trail, over which millions of Texas longhorns were driven to railheads in Kansas in the years immediately following the Civil War. Extension of the railroads and settlement of the open range ended this colorful era. Kingfisher's main permanent tourist attractions are the Chisholm Trail Museum, and the Gov. Seay Mansion nearby. These facilities preserve relics and information of the community's unique heritage.

Economically, the Kingfisher County Development Foundation was created in 1958 for the purpose of assisting and promoting industrial, economic and civic growth within, and surrounding the Kingfisher area of Oklahoma. By better serving the needs of business development and investment, the K.C.D.F.'s pursuit of economic stability and growth has benefited its merchants, city, schools, hospital and citizens. A present K.C.D.F. strategy includes the investment for development of the Kingfisher Industrial Park. The industrial park is located just south of Kingfisher, further closing the gap between Oklahoma City and Kingfisher. Kingfisher has quickly become a suburban community of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area, already home to many commuters to Oklahoma City. Kingfisher is a Certified City and has received a Community Development Block Grant to inventory infrastructure features for Capital Improvement Planning (CIP).

On August 19, 2007 the City of Kingfisher was 25% flooded when Kingfisher Creek and Uncle John Creek overflowed their banks. This was the result of heavy rain from Tropical Depression Erin, one woman died in the flood.[4]

The Coleman Company was founded in Kingfisher by W. C. Coleman in 1900. Kingfisher is also the birthplace of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, current National Football League linebacker Curtis Lofton, and poet Don Blanding.

Geography

Kingfisher is located at 35°51′22″N 97°56′04″W / 35.856216°N 97.934517°W / 35.856216; -97.934517.[5]

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