Texola, Oklahoma

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Texola is a town in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 47 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008, U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 49.[3]



Texola is located at 35°13′11″N 99°59′32″W / 35.21972°N 99.99222°W / 35.21972; -99.99222 (35.219721, -99.992281)[4], elevation 2,140 feet (652 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

Texola is not directly served by the Oklahoma state highway system. However, the town can be accessed from I-40 Exit 1.[5] U.S. Route 66 passed through the town, bringing scores of travelers, for decades until I-40 was completed to the north in 1975.


The History of Texola dates back to the early 1900s. Before being named Texola, the town site had been called Texokla and Texoma. Because of its location near the 100th Meridian, the town was surveyed eight different times, which meant that some early residents lived in both Texas and Oklahoma without ever moving.[6][7] Texola was originally part of northern Greer County until Beckham County was formed after Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907.[8] A post office was established in the community on December 12, 1901 with Reuben H. Grimes serving as the first postmaster. In 1902, the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Guilf Railroad (later owned by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway) was built through the town. A weekly newspaper, the Texola Herald, began publishing in 1902 and continued to operate into the early 1920s. By 1909, Texola had two cotton gins as well as a corn and grist mill. The local economy was agriculturally-based and several businesses opened in the community.

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