Perkins, Oklahoma

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Perkins is a city in Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,272 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Walden Perkins, a congressman who helped establish the local post office. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered here.

Perkins was founded during the Land Run in April 1889. Joseph Wert staked a claim for 160 acres and offered up 40 acres of his land to be established as a township. The town went through three names in its first year- Cimarron, Italy, and then Perkins. It was named after Biship Walden Perkins, a congressman from Kansas that pulled string to establish the post office for the new township.



Perkins is located at 35°58′36″N 97°01′55″W / 35.976598°N 97.031813°W / 35.976598; -97.031813.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), all of it land. Perkins is located on US Route 177 south of its junction with State Highway 33.

Notes: Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton is also buried in Perkins. His house that he lived in is located in the Park located on 177 north of Perkins

Wyatt Earp III was born in Perkins 1962, he is the great great grandson of Wyatt Earp.

Perkins is also the home of the Perkins Tryon Demons

The heavy metal band "Manifest Destiny" originated from Perkins


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,272 people, 913 households, and 644 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,018.4 people per square mile (393.4/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 442.8/sq mi (171.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.48% White, 2.46% African American, 6.47% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 4.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 913 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

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