Bugtussle, Oklahoma

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Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 35°01′51″N 95°41′24″W / 35.03083°N 95.69000°W / 35.03083; -95.69000Coordinates: 35°01′51″N 95°41′24″W / 35.03083°N 95.69000°W / 35.03083; -95.69000
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Pittsburg
Elevation 600 ft (183 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 539/918
GNIS feature ID 1090660

Bugtussle, Oklahoma is an unincorporated community[1] located off Bucklucksy Ln. on the shores of Eufaula Lake, adjacent to Robbers Cave State Park, in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA,[2] with a population of "a few hundred". The community began in 1903 with the construction by a Mr. Ran Woods and others, of a two room log schoolhouse on the site. The schoolhouse is still standing, and was once attended by former speaker of the US House, Carl Albert. The settlement was allegedly named by Mr. Woods who felt that the bugs at the site were so numerous, that they were a never ending "tussle" for him to deal with.[3] The name "Bugtussle" was also the name of the town where the fictitious Beverly Hillbillies of TV series fame, had once lived before moving to California (according to some episodes, although other episodes alluded to other possible places of origin).

Bugtussle is about 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of McAlester. The town was renamed Flowery Mound about 1907, but the original name persisted.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Carl Albert (Speaker of the US House, 1971 - 1977, highest government post of any Oklahoman)[3]


  1. ^ "Bugtussle, Oklahoma". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ Official State Highway Map (Map) (2005-2006 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. § N5. 
  3. ^ a b What a Dirty Shame!: 100 Unforgettable Place Names of Oklahoma (pg 166) by Jim Etter
  4. ^ "The man from Bugtussle made national impact." The Norman Transcript. June 1, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2014.