New Cordell, Oklahoma

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New Cordell, Oklahoma
City
Cordell, Okla.jpg
Location of New Cordell, Oklahoma
Location of New Cordell, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°17′50″N 98°58′54″W / 35.2972349°N 98.9815857°W / 35.2972349; -98.9815857Coordinates: 35°17′50″N 98°58′54″W / 35.2972349°N 98.9815857°W / 35.2972349; -98.9815857
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Washita
Established April 20, 1892
Government
 • Mayor Alex Damon
Area
 • Total 2.542569 sq mi (6.585224 km2)
 • Land 2.542569 sq mi (6.585224 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,915
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73632
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-51250[1]

New Cordell is a city in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The town lies along U.S. Route 183. The population was 2,915 at the 2010 census. Cordell was previously located a few miles from the current spot, but was moved circa 1900, thus the name New Cordell. It was named for a U. S. Postal Service employee in Washington D. C., Wayne W. Cordell. The town is now commonly called Cordell.[2]

History[edit]

Cordell began when H. D. Young opened a general store about 1.5 miles east of the present town, shortly after the 1892 Cheyenne and Arapaho lands were opened for non-Indian settlement in 1892. A post office named Cordell was established in the same year in Young's store. In 1897, A. J. Cordell and J. C. Harrell convinced Young to move his store to the present site, where water was more plentiful and of better quality than in Old Cordell. The new location became known as New Cordell. In 1900, Washita County residents voted to move the county seat from the town of Cloud Chief to New Cordell. The move was challenged in the court as illegal, because only the territorial legislature could authorize such an action. In 1904, the Oklahoma Territorial Supreme Court ruled that the county seat must return to Cloud Chief. A Cordell attorney, Sam Massengale, traveled to Washington, where he lobbied for a bill to make Cordell the official county seat. The bill passed the U. S. Congress in 1906.[2]

The county courthouse was destroyed by a fire in 1909. It was rebuilt by 1911 by the same architect who designed the Oklahoma State Capitol. Governor George Nigh called it, "...godfather of all courthouses in the state of Oklahoma." The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Cordell, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
85
(29)
95
(35)
99
(37)
106
(41)
114
(46)
113
(45)
115
(46)
109
(43)
100
(38)
89
(32)
90
(32)
115
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 51
(11)
56
(13)
64
(18)
74
(23)
82
(28)
91
(33)
96
(36)
97
(36)
89
(32)
77
(25)
63
(17)
54
(12)
74.5
(23.7)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(−3)
30
(−1)
36
(2)
47
(8)
57
(14)
67
(19)
70
(21)
70
(21)
61
(16)
50
(10)
36
(2)
30
(−1)
48.3
(9)
Record low °F (°C) −12
(−24)
−2
(−19)
22
(−6)
32
(0)
45
(7)
55
(13)
52
(11)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
10
(−12)
−12
(−24)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.0
(25)
1.0
(25)
1.5
(38)
2.8
(71)
4.5
(114)
3.7
(94)
2.5
(64)
1.6
(41)
2.0
(51)
2.5
(64)
0.9
(23)
1.1
(28)
24.9
(632)
Avg. rainy days 2.7 2.7 3.8 5.9 7 6.4 5 3.6 3.6 4.4 2.1 3 50.2
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com [3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,950
1930 2,936
1940 2,776 −5.4%
1980 3,301
1990 2,903 −12.1%
2000 2,867 −1.2%
2010 2,915 1.7%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,867 people, 1,192 households, and 816 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,132.3 people per square mile (437.5/km²). There were 1,427 housing units at an average density of 563.6 per square mile (217.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.33% White, 0.21% African American, 2.09% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.94% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.62% of the population.

There were 1,192 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% 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 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,053, and the median income for a family was $34,519. Males had a median income of $24,531 versus $18,173 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,509. About 15.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Boothe, Wayne. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Cordell." Accessed August 29, 2012.[1]
  3. ^ "Historical Weather for Cordell, Oklahoma, United States". 

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