Thursday, July 23, 2015

Perkins, Oklahoma


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Perkins, Oklahoma
Location within Payne County and Oklahoma
Location within Payne County and Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°58′36″N 97°1′55″WCoordinates: 35°58′36″N 97°1′55″W
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Payne
 • Mayor Bob Johnson
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 896 ft (273 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,831
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (490/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74059
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-58150 [1]
GNIS feature ID 1096551 [2]
Perkins is a city in southern Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,831 at the 2010 census, an increase of 24.6 percent from 2,272 at the 2000 census.[3] The name is derived from Walden Perkins, a congressman who helped establish the local post office. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered here.[4]


Historical Perkins
Perkins was founded during the Land Run in April 1889. Joseph Wert staked a claim for 160 acres and offered up 40 acres of his land to be established as a township. The town went through three names in its first year- Cimarron, Italy, and then Perkins. The last name was for Bishop Walden Perkins, a congressman from Kansas that pulled strings to establish the post office for the new township. The town of Perkins incorporated on August 25, 1891.[4]
Though Perkins was settled in 1889, it celebrates Old Settlers Day around Sept 22. This is the anniversary of the Land Run of 1891. Being on the north side of the Cimarron River, it was one of the starting points for the Run of 1891. [5]
The first wagon bridge across the Cimarron River was built during the summer of 1891. On September 22, 1891, the Sac and Fox and Iowa reservations officially opened. By January 1900, the Eastern Oklahoma Railway began service, establishing the town as an agricultural trade center.[4]


Perkins is located at 35°58′36″N 97°01′55″W.[6] It is on the north bank of the Cimarron River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land. Perkins is located on US Route 177 south of its junction with State Highway 33.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 719
1910 603
1920 608
1930 606
1940 728
1950 706
1960 769
1970 1,029
1980 1,762
1990 1,925
2000 2,272
2010 2,831
Est. 2014 2,852 [7] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,272 people, 913 households, and 644 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,018.4 people per square mile (393.4/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 442.8 per square mile (171.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.48% White, 2.46% African American, 6.47% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 4.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.
There were 913 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,030, and the median income for a family was $38,580. Males had a median income of $26,553 versus $20,761 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,955. About 7.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.


Perkins has a commission-manager form of government.[4]

Notable people

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Great Blue Yonder by Alex Shearer

The Great Blue Yonder

People seem to think it's an easy life when you're dead. But you can take it from Harry, it's no such thing.

After finding himself dead from a bike accident, Harry emerges on the Other Side, a strange land where the sun is always setting but never quite disappears, and dead people wander about, waiting to move on to the Great Blue Yonder. Harry's not sure exactly what the Great Blue Yonder is, but he doesn't want to go there until he's found some way to let his sister know that he's sorry for the mean things he said to her just before the accident. To do that, he'll have to return to Earth as a ghost--and face what life there is like without him.

Friday, July 10, 2015

travel around tulsa, oklahoma, have fun

#1: Welcome! This site is provided by the Friends of Oxley Nature Center to share information about the Center, which is  operated by the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Oxley Interpretive Building is open Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Sun 12 noon - 4:30 p.m.
Gate and parking lot is open daily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except most City holidays.
Hiking trails are accessible during Mohawk Park hours, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
There is a $2 fee per car entering Mohawk Park on weekends Apr-Oct unless you are a member of Oxley Nature Center or the Zoo.
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve: Closed every Mon & Tue; Open Wed-Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hiking after these hours is not allowed. Redbud Interpretive building is open Wed-Sun 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Oxley & Redbud are closed most City holidays. 
Butterflies of Mohawk Park

Jim Thayer has provided an updated checklist of the all butterflies observed in Mohawk Park. 
To get to Oxley Nature Center:
from Highway 244 take the Sheridan Road exit, and go north.
from Highway 11 take the Sheridan Road exit, and go north.
from Highway 169 take the 46 Street North Westbound (Port Road) exit.

#2: Tulsa Symphony    117 N. Boston, Suite 201   Tulsa, OK 74103

#3: The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Jenks, a suburb just south of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK 74037

#4: Pho Nhi Vietnamese Noodle House
11514 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK 74129