Gore, Oklahoma

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Gore, Oklahoma
Location of Gore, Oklahoma
Location of Gore, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°31′58″N 95°6′54″W / 35.53278°N 95.11500°W / 35.53278; -95.11500Coordinates: 35°31′58″N 95°6′54″W / 35.53278°N 95.11500°W / 35.53278; -95.11500
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Sequoyah
Established Date of Decision: January 29, 1902 Officially Established: May 24, 1902
 • Mayor Ryan Callison
 • Vice Mayor Bob Warren
 • Clerk -unfilled-
 • Administrator Horace E. Lindley
 • Treasurer -unfilled-
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 977
 • Density 372.4/sq mi (143.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74435
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-30300[1]
GNIS feature ID 1093268[2]
Website www.townofgore.org

Gore is a town in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 977 at the 2010 census, an increase of 15 percent from 850 at the 2000 census.[3]

Gore is the trout capital of Oklahoma, with great fishing in Lake Tenkiller, the Illinois River, and the Arkansas River.[citation needed]


This community began as a small settlement in Indian Territory known as Campbell, named for Dr. W. W. Campbell, who, along with Joe Lynch, operated a ferry across the Arkansas River between Campbell and Webbers Falls. The place, also known as Illinois Station or "Illinois Station, Campbell Post Office", became a stage stop on the route between Fort Gibson and Fort Smith. A post office designation of Campbell was assigned to Dr. Campbell's store in 1888.[4]

The town changed its name on October 22, 1909 in honor of Oklahoma Senator Thomas Gore, who was serving as one of Oklahoma's U. S. senators immediately after statehood. A fire destroyed most of the business district in 1909. Gore had a population of 319 by the 1910 U. S. census.[4]


Gore is located at 35°31′58″N 95°06′54″W / 35.532851°N 95.115032°W / 35.532851; -95.115032.[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 850 people, 368 households, and 257 families residing in the town. The population density was 372.4 people per square mile (143.9/km2). There were 416 housing units at an average density of 182.3 per square mile (70.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.59% White, 0.12% African American, 24.71% Native American, 0.12% from other races, and 6.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 368 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,266, and the median income for a family was $37,000. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $27,188 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,059. About 15.2% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Professional basketball coach John Whisenant was born and raised in Gore.

Actor Joshua Morrow of The Young and the Restless briefly attended school at Gore.

Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, once used to frequent Gore while married to his second wife Teresa Barrick, who is originally from the area.

Thomas Gore, whom the town is named after, is claimed to have been an atheist with a strong misanthropic streak - "a populist who didn't like people", as expressed by his grandson, author Gore Vidal.

The Attorney General for the State of Maine, G. Steven Rowe, is from Gore.[citation needed]

Gore is the birthplace of 1969 Heisman Trophy Winner, Steve Owens, who was raised in Miami, Oklahoma. There is a sports complex in Gore named after him.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Census Viewer: Population of the City of Gore, Oklahoma. Retrieved April 3, 2012 [1]
  4. ^ a b O'Dell, Larry. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Gore". Retrieved April 3, 2012.[2]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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