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Prague, Oklahoma
Prague Municipal Building
Prague Municipal Building
Flag of Prague, Oklahoma
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Motto(s): 
A small town with a big heart.
(Czech: Malé město s velkým srdcem.)
Location of Prague, Oklahoma
Location of Prague, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Lincoln
Area
 • Total 3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
 • Land 3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.92 km2)
Elevation
1,007 ft (307 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,386
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,367
 • Density 789.79/sq mi (304.89/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
74864
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-60500
GNIS feature ID 1096887

Prague is a city in southeastern Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,386 at the 2010 census, an 11.6 percent increase from the figure of 2,138 in 2000. Czech immigrants founded the city, and named it for the present-day capital of the Czech Republic with an altered pronunciation of the name.

History

Czech immigrants settled Prague, after the opening of the Sac and Fox Reservation by a land run on September 22, 1891. Eva Barta owned the land, and named the new town "Prague" for the Czech capital in Europe, then part of Austria-Hungary. The town incorporated in 1902.

On May 24, 1952, a head-on automobile collision seriously injured Indian mystic Meher Baba near Prague.

On November 5, 2011 a series of earthquakes struck near Prague, the first one a magnitude 4.7 at 2:15 AM CST, followed by a series of aftershocks, and then a second quake of magnitude 5.7 at 10:53 PM CST, the strongest recorded in Oklahoma history until a 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred on September 3, 2016. This continued on November 7, 2011 when another 4.7 hit at 8:45 PM, just five miles northwest of Prague.

An F5 tornado tore through Prague on May 5, 1960.

Geography

Prague is located at 35°29′10″N 96°41′16″W / 35.48611°N 96.68778°W / 35.48611; -96.68778 (35.486092, -96.687792).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,025
1920 1,127 10.0%
1930 1,299 15.3%
1940 1,422 9.5%
1950 1,546 8.7%
1960 1,545 −0.1%
1970 1,802 16.6%
1980 2,208 22.5%
1990 2,308 4.5%
2000 2,138 −7.4%
2010 2,386 11.6%
2019 (est.) 2,367 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,138 people, 864 households, and 567 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,211.6 people per square mile (469.0/km2). There were 1,021 housing units at an average density of 578.6 per square mile (224.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.07% White, 3.70% African American, 9.92% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 864 households, out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,779, and the median income for a family was $32,137. Males had a median income of $24,083 versus $19,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,381. About 11.3% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

On the first Saturday of May each year there is a 'Kolache Festival'. It celebrates the Czech culture brought from the 'old country.' One can learn more at the Prague Historical Museum on the town's main street, Jim Thorpe Boulevard, which is named for the town's most famous son, the Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. Reflecting its Czech Catholic heritage, Prague is also the home of the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus, which draws numerous visitors each year.

Other

In May 2013 filming began for a movie called Justice with Tommy Lister, Jr. and James Russo.


Economy

Agriculture, with corn as the primary crop, initially drove Prague's economy. This was still true at the beginning of the 21st century. Industry and commerce began to contribute later.

Education

The Prague Public Schools serve approximately 1000 students.

Transportation

Prague is at the intersection of U.S. Routes 377 and 62, and is approximately 10 minutes north of Interstate 40.

The Prague-owned Prague Municipal Airport (FAA Identifier—O47) is two miles west of town, and features a 3600’ asphalt runway.

Notable people

  • Kyle Denney, former major league baseball player.
  • Walter E. Fountain, United States Army Brigadier General, Assistant Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard
  • Richard James, lawyer and legislator
  • Jim Thorpe, Olympic gold medalist, Sac and Fox Native American, the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States in the Olympics, considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports.
  • Olinka Hrdy (1902-1987), artist
  • Orville Edwin Langley (1908-1973), U.S. District Judge for Eastern Oklahoma (1965-1973). Born in Prague, Oklahoma.

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