Oklahoma Place Names

By: George H. Shirk. foreword by Muriel H. Wright.

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In this new and enlarged edition of his popular book, the author has added not only a number of new entries but also new information to existing entries. Nearly 3,600 counties, cities, mountains, and lakes are listed alphabetically, with such information as origin of name, date of founding and abandonment of towns, existence of a post office, changes of name, and other pertinent details.

The story of its place names shows the entire panorama of Oklahoma history. The state has occupied a peculiar position as the converging point of many and varied civilizations, and its names are a reflection of the romance of its racial and pioneering past. The music of Spanish and the guttural of Indian tongues are to be found in close juxtaposition in the names of geographical features. French, English, and even Bohemian names produce a medley of nomenclature probably unequaled anywhere else in the University States.

The author has drawn his materials from information supplied by historical archives, government records, and the recollections of private individuals, in addition to making use of Charles Gould's pioneering work on the subject, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1933 and long out of print.

Title: Oklahoma Place Names

Author: George H. Shirk. foreword by Muriel H. Wright.

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $19.95

Categories: Oklahoma,

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press: 1987 [1974]

ISBN Number: 0806120282

ISBN Number 13: 9780806120287

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 288 pages, pref, contr, biblio., maps, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press

Seller ID: 120282


"Place names and their known or legendary meanings reflect much of a region’s past life....The main body of the text is alphabetical by names. Each entry locates the place, gives dates when there was a post office, and gives the source of the name. There is a list of contributors, who responded to newspaper appeal for information, and a useful bibliography. There are five outline maps which show the history of the formation of the state from Indian Territory days to the modern county system."-Choice