Oologah, Oklahoma is a town full of history and diversity. The town was originally named after a Cherokee Chief whose name was translated to mean "Dark Cloud." Although this was Indian Territory, in 1889 the Kansas and Arkansas railway built the track through the territory and established the town of Oologah. The town was built on the economy of agriculture, oil and gas, as well as coal mining. However, during the Great Depression, most of these industries were deeply affected and during this time the population declined by about twenty - seven percent. In 1963 the town built a dam and lake that has aided in the towns growth over the past fifty years.
In addition to their rich history, Oologah is one of seventeen schools in Oklahoma that is an "Oklahoma A+" school. This is considered a great honor in Oklahoma. Along with the academic portion of the school, the athletic department has brought attention to the Oologah schools. In the late 1990's, Oologah had the strongest football program statewide in 3A class competitions as well as two runners-up in 2A class competitions. It is also notable that in 2010 there were two students that passed away due to an infection during a outbreak of bacterial meningitis.
While it is a relatively small town, it is home to a variety of businesses from antique dealers to gift shops as well as other places of business. There is an Oologah, Oklahoma business directory and Oologah, Oklahoma yellow pages with contacts on the home page of the town website. Outside of the business, the town of Oologah, Oklahoma is a town with a rich history, strong education and athletic standards as well as a variety of shops available to those who wish to grace its roads.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan