Slapout, Oklahoma

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Slapout
Unincorporated community
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Slapout is located in Oklahoma
Slapout
Slapout
Location within the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°36′56″N 100°6′29″W / 36.61556°N 100.10806°W / 36.61556; -100.10806Coordinates: 36°36′56″N 100°6′29″W / 36.61556°N 100.10806°W / 36.61556; -100.10806
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Beaver
Elevation 2,450 ft (750 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 8
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Slapout, Oklahoma

Slapout is a small unincorporated community in Beaver County, Oklahoma, United States. The land upon which part of the town sits was homesteaded by Joseph L. Johnston. It sits on the northwest corner of the land Johnson had acquired with a government claim in 1904, three years before Oklahoma became a state.

With the construction of Highway Three across Oklahoma during the Great Depression, Tom Lemmons, who had bought the Johnson homestead, moved a chicken coop to where the highway passed his land. In the chicken coop he started a store. He told the Tulsa Tribune he had nothing else to do during the depression, so he thought he'd start a town. He named his town Nye, after the Progressive U.S. Senator Gerald Nye (R-ND).

However, local legend says whenever one of the highway workers entered the store in Nye, they were often told by Lemmon's sister the store was "slap out" of whatever they wanted. Tom Lemmons insisted his sister never used the phrase. However, the name stuck. When Tom continued to insist his side of the highway was called Nye, patrons responded that the south side of the highway could be "Slapout" and the north side with Lemmon's store was "Nye Out."

Tom Lemmons finally gave in when a tornado came through town and only took out his Nye sign. After that the both sides were known as Slapout. At one time, the town had 10 inhabitants and included the Hagan Grocery on the south side of the highway. Lemmons also built a building to house his rock collection.

Today the gas station in the town is a regular stop for Tulsa and Oklahoma City skiers traveling to Colorado.

The town was featured in a newspaper photo essay by Robert R. Mercer in the Tulsa Tribune in the 1970s.

Also see the town of Slapout, AL (officially Holtville, AL). Slapout, AL supposedly got its name because back in the day its lone general store was always "slapout" of this or that good. As of this writing Slapout, AL is getting publicity from the contestant Jessica Meuse on the television show American Idol.

References[edit]

Shirk, George H.; Oklahoma Place Names; University of Oklahoma Press; Norman, Oklahoma; 1987: ISBN 0-8061-2028-2 . Mercer, Robert R.; photojournalist & chair, journalism department, Cypress College, Cypress, CA