starting your search for locations in Oklahoma? You'll find a variety of
Do you know the County? If so, the County
Quick Links or County Checkout
gateways will be the easiest way to get to all resources provided for that
Are you interested in a wider area for a specific time period? If
so, the gateways to the 1915 Maps, 1972
Maps or DoT Maps will lead you to the
corresponding set of maps for all counties.
Still trying to figure out which modern-day county a place was in? If
you know the name of a Town, Township, or Post Office, use the search
If you have only the Township Number the search engine will find it in
most cases, or you can use Township
Maps to find the county, the part of the county, and the specific map for a
known Township and Range even if you don't know which county it's in.
First visit to this site?
It has several sets of maps, plus links to Oklahoma maps posted elsewhere,
and a number of cross-reference lists to help you determine which county maps to
1895 Maps. For some time,
the 1895 Atlas and Gazetteer was the only on-line source of information about many communities that existed briefly during territorial
days and it is still one of the best. It even provides Territorial names &
boundaries, which poses a bit of a problem if you don't know your way around the
Twin Territories. If you do know the present-day county, though, our Links to 1895 Maps will take you
straight to the right map.
1915 Maps. A detailed state map,
which shows many communities that disappeared decades ago, was copied from a 1915
Transportation Atlas. Cropped to fit one county per page and enlarged to
improve readability, these are presented with clickable links that allow you
to jump directly from any map in the set to any other. Three sections (Western, Central,
and Eastern Oklahoma) provide an overview,
print is very fine. The individual county maps not only load faster but are much
easier to read. In addition to "Cities, Towns & Villages", this set shows
railroads and their stations, trolley lines, and natural features like rivers,
creeks and mountains. Go to 1915 County
Maps to select a specific county.
1972 Maps. One page per county, taken from a US Geological Survey Map. Shows "Population Centers", including many communities too small to have Post Offices,
state roads, railroads and airports. Township and Range Grids are also
shown, so these are helpful in locating a specific township for counties not yet
included in the Township Grids described above. Go to 1972 County Maps
to select a specific county.
Present-day Maps. Quite detailed
recent maps from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. These are the
same maps downloadable from OKGenWeb, but processed for convenient online
access. Presented as individual numbered Townships, each typically covering 36
sections so that each square mile is represented by about one square inch
[varies with screen size]. In addition to still-populated places, these show cemeteries, named roads, rivers & creeks
-- even which Section Lines are open & which are closed. There are two
ways to access these. County Sets
gives you access to the entire set for any county, while Township
Maps leads you to a specific map for a known Township and Range even if you
don't know which county it's in.
OKGenWeb provides an extensive set of reference material including detailed
county maps and the Department of Transportation's list of populated places in
Oklahoma. These are downloadable files
in TIFF and ZIP format. These are far more convenient than spending long
hours online if you plan to research the state extensively.
[Warning: this is a one-way trip.]
List of Post Offices.
In territorial times and during the early years that followed Statehood, Post Offices were ephemeral. When
one was discontinued, its name would often be used for another office elsewhere in the state. This list helps you
identify the duplicates, not just the ones that survived until today, and learn
something of where each was located and when it was active. Index to Post Offices
List Railroads and Railroad Stations. Transcribed from the 1915 map with stations listed for each railway line,
including many sites of historical Post Offices and some that were apparently never large enough to have a
Post Office. If the
place you seek isn't on the lists of Towns and Post Offices, you may find
it listed here as a railway stop. You can also search this list to find
out which lines served a certain city. Still under construction, but most
of the western half of the state has been done. Index
to Railroads and Railroad Stations.
List of Towns.
Every populated place I could pinpoint from any source, starting with the
downloadable DoT list. Includes cities, towns,
and a number of unincorporated communities. You'll find not just the County, but also the Township and Range numbers and often the exact Section where a place was
(or still is) located. In the case of duplicate names, consult the list of
Post Offices for their timetable. Index to Towns
List of Townships. If you know only the name of the Township, not its number nor the County it's in, this will help you identify all of the Counties with Townships by that name. If the name is unique, your search will be ended. Township Names are often used more than once,
but at least this will help you narrow your search to only a few of the 77 counties.
Index to Townships
County Pages. Developed to
cross-check maps & reference lists, each county page not only lists the
populated places in that county but also provides links to the specific maps that show each
them. Not all counties are posted and some of the ones that are up are incomplete, but if the place you are looking for is one that has been indexed this
is the easiest way to find all of the maps that include it. Go to County Links.
help deciding which resources to use first?
Do you know the location but want to know more about
Do you know which county it's in but want a more
- The Index to Towns gives the Township
& Range numbers, often the exact Section for small places.
- County Links provides one-stop
convenience for those counties that are online, with links to all maps &
- Or go to the set of maps listed above that is closest in time to the
period you're interested in (1895, 1915,
Still trying to find the right county?
- If you have the name of a specific place, like a Post Office, Railroad
Station, Town, or Township, you can use the index lists described above to identify the
then explore the different sets of
- If you have only a land description (Section-Township-Range) you can
Maps to access a detailed map as well as to find out which part of which
county the parcel is in.
still more detailed?
I have found that the maps & photographs provided on these sites to be quite
Topozone Detailed topographical
maps, which can be viewed at several different scales. These provide contour lines and
vegetation if you want to know more about the lay of the land.
Terraserver Aerial and
satellite photos, including extensive coverage for Oklahoma. If you
haven't visited this site lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the
small-sized topographical map they now include to show the area where each photo
If the place still exists, the Geographic Names Information System
a good tool for the beginner who doesn't even know what part of the state a
place is/was in -- much less which county. It has an easy-to-use,
menu-driven system, with
extensive coverage of present-day locations and information about many historical
sites. If a place is in the GNIS database, its interactive mapping system zooms in and out to
show the surrounding area in varying levels of detail. Some people find
all they want to know about a place there, while others use GNIS location to
find more detailed information from other sources.
- Enter the name without
specifying the type of feature, if you suspect the town you seek no longer
exists. This way you'll get any feature bearing
that name and some may provide the clues you are looking for.
- Save the Latitude and Longitude provided by GNIS to use with other
systems that use geodesic references, like topographical
- Remember that GNIS shows only approximate locations with respect to
Section, Township, and Range. Use it to find the right area, but rely
on topographic maps or land maps for the accurate details.
Go to GNIS
now. [Warning: this is a one-way trip.]
If you are seeking detailed information (such as the exact roads leading to an obscure cemetery), you'll probably
want to use the links after you've explored the GNIS
data. They will also help you find places for which GNIS doesn't provide precise
locations. We've made it as comprehensive as possible, to help you distinguish historical places from modern ones that bear the same names but are actually in different locations.
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