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The community was settled after the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, and named for an anvil-shaped rock near the town site. A post office was established at Anvil in 1892, and remained in operation until 1904.
- "Oklahoma's Strangely Named Towns". KWTV. Archived from the original on December 2, 2001. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Lincoln County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Anvil Post Office (historical)
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