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Dwight Mission
Dwight Mission is located in Oklahoma
Dwight Mission
Dwight Mission
Location in Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Sequoyah
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Total 55
 • Density 30.6/sq mi (11.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)

Dwight Mission is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 55 at the 2010 census, a 71.9 percent gain over the figure of 32 recorded in 2000. It is currently the home of Dwight Mission Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center.


(see Dwight Presbyterian Mission)

The original Dwight Mission was established in August 1820 on Illinois Bayou, near present-day Russellville, Arkansas, in the Cherokee settlements. It was named after Rev. Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University and an influential member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Misions.

In 1828 the Western Cherokees were forced to move out of Arkansas into Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). As a result of this move, Dwight Mission was reestablished on Sallisaw Creek, in Sequoyah County in the Marble City, Oklahoma area. The mission was sited about 12 miles (19 km) above the junction of Sallisaw Creek and the Arkansas River and thirty miles east of Fort Gibson.

Dwight Mission reopened in Indian Territory on Sallisaw Creek on May 1, 1830. The mission consisted of twenty-one houses, a large dining hall, a barn, and outbuildings.

A series of parochial and tribal schools existed on the site until 1948 (with the exception of the Civil War years when the site was abandoned) and 1884–1886).

In 1950, Presbyterian Church USA purchased the property. Since that time, Dwight Mission has served as a church camp and retreat center.

In 2003, the Green Party of Oklahoma held its second annual convention at Dwight Mission.


Dwight Mission is located at 35°33′26″N 94°51′1″W / 35.55722°N 94.85028°W / 35.55722; -94.85028 (35.557330, -94.850257).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.09%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 32 people, 12 households, and 8 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 17.6 people per square mile (6.8/km2). There were 13 housing units at an average density of 7.1/sq mi (2.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 68.75% White, 28.12% Native American, and 3.12% from two or more races.

There were 12 households, out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 9.4% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $27,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,170. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

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