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County , Oklahoma
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Cimarron County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state
of Oklahoma. Its county seat is Boise City.
Cimarron County was created at statehood in 1907.
Before the Oklahoma Organic Act was passed in 1890, the area
had belonged to what was known as "No-Man's Land", also referred
to as the "Public Land Strip". This was a relatively lawless
area, with no organized government, and several outlaws sought
refuge within its borders.
In 1890, the strip became known as Beaver County, Oklahoma
Territory. Informally, it was known as the "Oklahoma Panhandle".
Only two communities were in the strip. One, Carrizo (near
present-day Kenton), had 83 residents in 1890, while the
other, Mineral City, had 93 residents. Otherwise, the land was
used primarily by sheepherders from New Mexico.
Several communities vied to become county seat after
statehood: Boise City, Cimarron, Doby, Hurley, Willowbar, and
Centerview. A county election in 1908 selected Boise City.