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Meanwhile in the Choctaw Nation….

….one “hamlet” moves a fur piece to the railroad and another town didn’t “get no respect” & vanished. Again there are hundreds of these type sites just in Oklahoma.

This first “hamlet” had a post office in this location from the 1870’s until the early 1900’s. Most of the town at this time straddled the section line between sections 15 & 21. In the Southwest quarter of section 15 and Northwest quarter section of section 22. The population of the town was estimated to be 50-100 circa 1900 and after moving to the railroad boomed. Do not find as much detailed information on locations in the Choctaw Nation. Majority of the surveyors in the Choctaw Nation did not put as much detail in their Field Notes as did surveyors in other parts of Indian Territory. And have not been able to find the Dawes Commission Assesment plats for the Choctaw Nation online.

This image is an extract from the 1896 Government Land Office (GLO) Township Plat showing the town. Have inserted what little information on the “hamlet” the surveyor did put in his Field Notes on the map.

Here is a Google Earth aerial of the SW4 of Sec. 15, NW4 of Sec. 22, SE4 of Sec. 16, & NE4 of Sec. 21 with the area of the townsite marked.

This second town didn’t “get no respect” and vanished. It was booming for about 15-20 years from the late 1890’s to the early 1920’s before the area was timbered out. The first image is an extract from the 1896 Government Land Office (GLO) Township Plat showing the town. Again have inserted what little information on the town the surveyor did put in his Field Notes on the map. The town was in the South half of section 16 and the field note shows the population was approximately 200 at this time. The larger structure on the East side of the tracks is possibly the railroad depot or a sawmill.

Here is the Google Earth aerial of the South half of section 16 with the townsite area marked.

And this last is a period photograph showing one of the logging trains on the tracks near the town. The guy sitting on the cow catcher with the bumbershoot must have been a real character. How many loggers in that day would have used a bumbershoot. Of course he could have been a cousin of Mary Poppins.

So there you are Jimmy. The Choctaw Nation does contain a lot of early sites. But a lot of the Choctaw Nation was sparsely settled in the early days.

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