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Garfield County History

The history of Garfield County, Oklahoma, began primarily with the path which became the wagon road known as “The Chisholm Trail.”

Later, there were ranches throughout the Cherokee Outlet, and the Rock Island Railroad built a line which closely followed the old Chisholm Trail’s path.

In 1893, the Cherokee Outlet was opened to settlement.  A great number of towns and cities were founded, and the former ranch land was plowed for growing crops.  Wheat soon became the dominant economic product of Garfield County.

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