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Henryetta, Oklahoma
Nickname(s): 
"Rodeo Cowboy Capital Of The World"
Motto(s): 
"A legacy of legends, cowboys & heroes."
Location of Henryetta, Oklahoma
Location of Henryetta, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°26′33″N 95°59′6″W / 35.44250°N 95.98500°W / 35.44250; -95.98500Coordinates: 35°26′33″N 95°59′6″W / 35.44250°N 95.98500°W / 35.44250; -95.98500
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Okmulgee
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 6.65 sq mi (17.22 km2)
 • Land 6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
682 ft (208 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,927
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,566
 • Density 841.80/sq mi (325.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
74437
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-33750
GNIS feature ID 1093675

Henryetta is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,927 at the 2010 census, down 9.6 percent from the figure of 6,096 recorded in 2000.

History

Hugh Henry established a ranch on Creek Nation land in 1885. He soon found a deposit of coal, which he began using to fuel the forge at his ranch. Discovery of more coal deposits attracted several railroads to develop these mines. A settlement named Furrs grew up around the mines. The name changed to Henryetta when a post office opened on August 28, 1900.

At statehood in 1907, Henryetta had 1,051 residents. The economy was based on agriculture, coal, natural gas and oil. In 1909, the area had fourteen coal mines, producing 65,000 tons per month. By 1910, the population had grown to 1,671. The town added a broom factory, several brick factories and a bottling plant during the 1920s.

Henryetta's manufacturing base continued to expand in the 1940s and 1950s. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (now PPG Industries) employed nine hundred people at its plate glass production facility, which claimed to be the largest west of the Mississippi River. This plant closed by 1990. Eagle-Picher Company employed more than seven hundred people at its plant that extracted the rare metal germanium. The plant has since closed and became a Superfund cleanup site.

Geography

Henryetta is located at 35°26′33″N 95°59′6″W / 35.44250°N 95.98500°W / 35.44250; -95.98500 (35.442379, -95.985000).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which, 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.66%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,671
1920 5,889 252.4%
1930 7,694 30.7%
1940 6,905 −10.3%
1950 7,987 15.7%
1960 6,551 −18.0%
1970 6,430 −1.8%
1980 6,432 0.0%
1990 5,872 −8.7%
2000 6,096 3.8%
2010 5,927 −2.8%
2019 (est.) 5,566 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,096 people, 2,460 households, and 1,589 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,009.8 people per square mile (389.7/km2). There were 2,844 housing units at an average density of 471.1 per square mile (181.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.69% White, 0.57% African American, 12.30% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 6.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population.

There were 2,460 households, out of which 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,115, and the median income for a family was $24,760. Males had a median income of $28,661 versus $14,268 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,908. About 19.9% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.8% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural

Henryetta was referenced as character Stevie Rae's hometown in P. C. Cast's book series, House of Night. Henryetta is mentioned in the King of the Hill episode "Harlottown" as Arlen's new city manager's prior town.

Henryetta's school teams were known for their unusual nickname, the "Mud Hens" (later "Hens" and "Fighting Hens"), until a student petition led to a name change (to "Knights") in 1989.

Transportation

Henryetta is at the crossroads of Interstate 40, being a major east–west interstate highway through the south-central portion of the United States, and U.S. Route 75, being a major north–south highway currently extending from Noyes, Minnesota on the Canada–United States border south to Dallas, Texas. Henryetta is also served by US Route 266 and Oklahoma State Highway 124.

Henryetta Municipal Airport (FAA ID: F10), owned by the City of Henryetta, is located about 3 miles southwest and offers a 3501 x 50 ft. (1067 x 15 m) paved runway.

Commercial air transportation is available out of Tulsa International Airport, about 60 miles to the north.

Henryetta is served by the KI BOIS Area Transit System ("KATS"), a low-cost public bus/van service established in 1983 to help communities, primarily in southeast Oklahoma, by providing access to Senior Citizen centers, groceries, medical services, and jobs. Their service includes transportation to Okmulgee and Tulsa.

Notable people

Henryetta is notable as the high school hometown of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Other famous former and current residents include actress Alice Ghostley (Bewitched, Grease, Designing Women), Broadway actor Jeremy Hays (The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables), as well as rodeo favorites Jim Shoulders and Terry Don West. It is the birthplace of Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor and Mark Ryal, former Major League Baseball player.

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