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Foraker

Foraker 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 contributed by: Sharron J Ashton

Photo of 1936 Foraker School Commencement contributed by: Sharron J Ashton

Photo of the 1930 Foraker School Basketball Team contributed by:  Sharron J Ashton

Snow Fall of March-April 1926 in Foraker, Oklahoma contributed by: Sharron J Ashton

 

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