Bugtussle, Oklahoma

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Coordinates: 35°01′51″N 95°41′24″W / 35.03083°N 95.69000°W / 35.03083; -95.69000Coordinates: 35°01′51″N 95°41′24″W / 35.03083°N 95.69000°W / 35.03083; -95.69000
CountryUnited States
600 ft (183 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)539/918
GNIS feature ID1090660

Bugtussle, Oklahoma is an unincorporated community[1] on the southern shores of Eufaula Lake, in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Robbers Cave State Park,[2] with a population of "a few hundred".


The community began in 1903 when Ran Woods and others constructed a two-room log schoolhouse on the site. The schoolhouse, no longer standing, was once attended by former Speaker of the US House Carl Albert. The settlement was allegedly named by Woods, who felt that the bugs at the site were so numerous that they were an endless "tussle".[3] Bugtussle is about 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of McAlester. It was renamed Flowery Mound about 1907, but the original name persisted.[4]

Popular culture[edit]

Bugtussle was also the name of the town where the fictitious Beverly Hillbillies, of TV series fame, lived before moving to California (according to some episodes; other episodes alluded to other possible places of origin).

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Bugtussle, Oklahoma". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  2. ^ Official State Highway Map (Map) (2005-2006 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. § N5.
  3. ^ a b What a Dirty Shame!: 100 Unforgettable Place Names of Oklahoma (pg 166) by Jim Etter
  4. ^ "The man from Bugtussle made national impact." The Norman Transcript. June 1, 2007. Retrieved Feb 8, 2016.