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Oologah, Oklahoma
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Location of Oologah, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Rogers
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
640 ft (200 m)
 • Total 1,193
 • Density 955/sq mi (363.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-55700
GNIS feature ID 2413081

Oologah is a town in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States. Renowned humorist Will Rogers was born on a ranch two miles east of Oologah, although he usually claimed Claremore as his birthplace "because nobody but an Indian can pronounce 'Oologah.'" There has been disagreement about the proper spelling for the town name. The official spelling is now Oologah. It was often spelled Oolagah before statehood, and this spelling appears on some old buildings.


In 1889, the Kansas and Arkansas Railway (later, the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway and finally, part of the Missouri Pacific Railroad) laid tracks through the area and established a townsite named Oologah, Indian Territory. Oologah was named for Oologah (Dark Cloud), a Cherokee chief. The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture says that the Oklahoma Federal Writers' Project claimed the name translates from the Cherokee as "red horse fish," while some other sources say that the name means "cloudy weather" or just "clouds."The post office was opened May 25, 1891.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 308
1910 324 5.2%
1920 277 −14.5%
1930 263 −5.1%
1940 236 −10.3%
1950 242 2.5%
1960 299 23.6%
1970 458 53.2%
1980 798 74.2%
1990 828 3.8%
2000 883 6.6%
2010 1,146 29.8%
2015 (est.) 1,179 2.9%

Early in the 20th Century, the town flourished because of agriculture, coal mining, and oil and gas production. However, these were hard hit during the Great Depression. Town population declined from 324 in 1910 to 236 in 1940. The population had recovered to 299 in 1960. Construction of Oologah dam and lake in 1963, east of town, revitalized the town, which has continued to grow.

In 1963, the Army Corps of Engineers completed the first phase of Oologah Lake.

In 1991, an F4 tornado which was part of the Andover, Kansas tornado outbreak destroyed the north side of Oologah, including the town's school.


Oologah is located at 36°26′36″N 95°42′34″W / 36.44333°N 95.70944°W / 36.44333; -95.70944 (36.443268, -95.709399). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.2 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2020, there is 1,193 people and 435 households residing in the town. The population density is 955 people per square mile (368.72). The racial makeup of the town is 69.85% White, 0.85% African American, 14.65% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.94% from other races, and 12.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% of the population. 69.3% of the population was over 18.

As of the 2000 census, there were 342 households, out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,977, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,493. About 7.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Oologah High School Sports Championships


  • 1996 Class 4A State Champions
  • 2005 Class 4A State Champions


  • 1965 Class B Boys Basketball State Champions
  • 1994 Class 3A 5-on-5 Girls Basketball State Champions


  • 1997 Class 3A State Champions
  • 1998 Class 3A State Champions


  • 1988 Class 4A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 1989 Class 3A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 1992 Class 3A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 1993 Class 3A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 1998 Class 3A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 1999 Class 4A Fast Pitch State Champions
  • 2012 Class 4A Fast Pitch State Champions


  • 1961 State Champions
  • 1965 State Champions


Oologah-Talala Public Schools has a 4A sized high school. The Oologah Lower Elementary is an "Oklahoma A+" school, recognized as being one of seven schools statewide chosen for this honor.

The Oologah-Talala High School athletic program has gained the school recognition. In the 1990s, Oologah had the most successful class 3A football program in the state; an era that featured the Mustangs as class 3A State Champions in 1997 & 1998 and two Class 3A state runner-up finishes.

In March 2010, an outbreak of bacterial meningitis killed two students at Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary School.

Notable residents

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