Paden, Oklahoma

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Paden is a town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 446 at the 2000 census. It is named for Paden Tolbert, a U.S. Deputy Marshall who served the area in the early 1900s.

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History

It is the only town in the United States to be named for a Deputy U.S. Marshall. Paden can be found in the book "The Grapes Of Wrath" as a pit stop for the Jode family. The town was once a stop on the Ft. Smith and Western railroad and was once a big oil boom town. Every June the volunteer fire department hosts the Paden Firemans Picnic, or known by the residents as Paden Day. The events include a small parade, bbq and fish fry, and entertainment and door prizes. Most of the communities events revolve around the school. Paden Public Schools enrolls around 200 students, K-12, each year. The mascot is the Pirate and their colors are orange/black. Sports include Fall and Spring baseball, fast and slow pitch softball, basketball, track, and academic team. The teams are a part of the Little River Conference and are usually in the Class B classification. The Paden Restoration Society and Paden Main Street Organization are two new groups making the town becoming a better place. Paden is a very religious town and has 11 churches in the community with such a small population. Creek Indians, as well as Choctaw, Cherokee, Sac & Fox, and Seminole Indians, make up a lot of the population. The towns original land was given by a Creek Indian as part of their allotment. The Paden Indian Community has won the Creek Nations "Nene Hvkoce" walking program the last two years and will be receiving a walking trail for the community.

Geography

Paden, in east central Oklahoma, is located at 35°30′26″N 96°34′7″W / 35.50722°N 96.56861°W / 35.50722; -96.56861 (35.507287, -96.568516)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 486 people, 184 households, and 119 families residing in the town. The population density was 973.8 people per square mile (374.4/km²). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 462.9/sq mi (177.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.68% White, 37.70% Native American, and 7.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

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