Blanton, Oklahoma

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Blanton, Oklahoma
Unincorporated community
Blanton railroad stop in the mid-1990s
Blanton railroad stop in the mid-1990s
1909 map of Garfield County, Oklahoma with Blanton.
1909 map of Garfield County, Oklahoma with Blanton.
Coordinates: 36°25′38″N 97°55′35″W / 36.42722°N 97.92639°W / 36.42722; -97.92639Coordinates: 36°25′38″N 97°55′35″W / 36.42722°N 97.92639°W / 36.42722; -97.92639
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Garfield
Elevation 1,240 ft (1,314 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 580
GNIS feature ID 1100216

Blanton is an unincorporated community[1] in Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States. It was a rail stop for two rail lines,[2] one of which used to transport grain until the mid-1990s.[3] It was named after Denver, Enid, & Gulf railroad executive W.B. Blanton.[4]

History[edit]

As early as 1909, Blanton was a rail stop for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway.[2] A second railline existed at Blanton junction, running to Kiowa, Kansas. This line, originally built for the Denver, Enid and Gulf Railroad, and later sold to Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe was used to transport grain until the mid-1990s.[3]

Geography[edit]

Blanton is located at 36°25′38″N 97°55′35″W / 36.42722°N 97.92639°W / 36.42722; -97.92639, 3.4 miles WNW of Enid, Oklahoma. It is a part of the Lower Cimarron-Skeleton Watershed.[5]

Blanton is currently located on mile 548.2 of the main track of BNSF Railway's Texas Division.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blanton, Oklahoma". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b Historical Maps of Oklahoma, University of Alabama (accessed May 30, 2010).
  3. ^ a b The Surface Transportation Board: Docket Number: AB_480_0_X (accessed May 30, 2010).
  4. ^ Cammalleri, Joseph A., Guthrie, Oklahoma: Always a Railroad Town, pp. 43-44
  5. ^ U.S. EPA. "Lower Cimarron-Skeleton Watershed -- 11050002. Surf Your Watershed". Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ BNSF Railway. "Texas Division Map, January 1, 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-08-05.