Okarche, Oklahoma

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Okarche is a town in Canadian and Kingfisher counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and a part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 1,110 at the 2000 census.



The town is best known for Eischen's Bar, the oldest bar in the state of Oklahoma and famous for its secret recipe fried chicken. Food Network's program, Guys's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives voted this fried chicken the best in the state of Oklahoma. The name of the town is derived from parts of three words, Oklahoma (OK), Arapaho (AR), and Cheyenne (CHE). The Southern Arapaho and Cheyenne Native American tribes had been relocated to Oklahoma from the northern Great Plains in the late 19th century.

Okarche was incorporated in 1905, just two years before Oklahoma statehood. The town's population hovered in the 400s for more than three decades after statehood and peaked in 1990 at 1,160.[3]


The town is also home to Temtrol Inc., a manufacturer of air handling units, coils and fans.


Okarche is located at 35°43′35″N 97°58′34″W / 35.72639°N 97.97611°W / 35.72639; -97.97611 (35.726429, -97.976031)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,110 people, 454 households, and 316 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,490.3 people per square mile (579.2/km²). There were 477 housing units at an average density of 640.4/sq mi (248.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.96% White, 0.54% African American, 1.80% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 1.62% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.

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