Osage County County Seat - Pawhu
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is an incorporated place located in
Osage County at latitude 36.872 and longitude -96.566 (Foraker
Panoramio Photos). The elevation is 1,280 feet. Foraker appears on the
Foraker South U.S.
Geological Survey Map.
Foraker, OK ZIP Code Maps
Foraker had a population of 23 with 13 housing units; a land area land area of
0.22 sq. miles; a water area of 0 sq. miles; and a population
density of 104.56 people per sq. mile for Census 2000.
At one time, Foraker, located
northwest of Pawhuska in Osage
County, had a peak population of about 2,000.
The post office was established in 1903, the town was formed in 1905 and
by 1909 had about 500 souls in town spurred by a fertile agricultural area
that produced quantities of corn and alfalfa which in turn sparked hog and
cattle production. It was served by the Midland Valley Railroad.
The town's growth reached a plateau until about 1920 when oil was
discovered in the Burbank area 15 miles to the southwest. It evolved into
the shipping center for the oil and was the distribution center for
equipment and supplies for the fledgling industry.
As oil production waned in the 30's so did the town. The building of more
highways and the use of trucks to transport livestock signaled a rapid
decline. A current resident describes the town today as "Stores gone, post
office gone, train gone, school gone, boys and girls gone--only thing not
gone is the graveyard
(at find a grave)and it's gettin' bigger."
Photo of 1935 Foraker School Commencement
Photo of 1936 Foraker School Commencement
Photo of the
1930 Foraker School Basketball Team contributed by:
Snow Fall of March-April 1926 in
Foraker, Oklahoma contributed by:
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