Shamrock, Oklahoma

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Shamrock, Oklahoma
Town
Shamrock Museum
Shamrock Museum
Location within Creek County, and the state of Oklahoma
Location within Creek County, and the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°54′39″N 96°34′48″W / 35.91083°N 96.58000°W / 35.91083; -96.58000Coordinates: 35°54′39″N 96°34′48″W / 35.91083°N 96.58000°W / 35.91083; -96.58000
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Creek
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,017 ft (310 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 101
 • Density 379.2/sq mi (146.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74068
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-66600[1]
GNIS feature ID 1097951[2]

Shamrock is an unincorporated community in Creek County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 101 at the 2010 census, a loss of 19.2 percent from 125 at the 2000 census.[3] It was named for Shamrock, Illinois, the hometown of local store owner, James M. Thomas.[4]

History[edit]

In 1908, James M. Thomas, a native of Shamrock, Illinois, moved to this area and opened a store. He named the post office that he established on July 9, 1910 in honor of his home town. Between 1915 and 1916, the Sapulpa and Oil Fields Railroad (later the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway) built a line northward from Depew to Shamrock. In 1916, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway constructed a line that connected Shamrock and Drumright. The railroad bypassed the town by three-fourths of a mile, so the citizens moved their businesses closer to the railroad. This developed Shamrock as a major shipping point for oil field equipment and crude oil. The town adopted an Irish theme, with streets named Tipperary, Dublin, Killarney, Blarney, and Cork.[4]

The board of trustees voted to dissolve the town in June 2010, and it has been placed in receivership with Sapulpa attorney Bill Sellers.[5]

Geography[edit]

Shamrock is located at 35°54′39″N 96°34′48″W / 35.91083°N 96.58000°W / 35.91083; -96.58000 (35.910737, -96.580131).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 125 people, 47 households, and 29 families residing in the town. The population density was 379.2 people per square mile (146.3/km²). There were 70 housing units at an average density of 212.3 per square mile (81.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.60% White, 8.80% Native American, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 47 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the town the population was spread out with 35.2% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $21,875. Males had a median income of $22,917 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,948. There were 20.6% of families and 29.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 36.2% of under eighteens and 6.3% of those over 64.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Population of the City of Shamrock, Oklahoma". CensusViewer. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Linda D. "Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Shamrock". Digital.library.okstate.edu. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.