Dover, Oklahoma

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Dover, Oklahoma
Dover, Oklahoma is located in Oklahoma
Dover, Oklahoma
Dover, Oklahoma
Location of Dover, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°58′54″N 97°54′40″W / 35.98167°N 97.91111°W / 35.98167; -97.91111Coordinates: 35°58′54″N 97°54′40″W / 35.98167°N 97.91111°W / 35.98167; -97.91111
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Kingfisher
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,033 ft (315 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 367
 • Density 1,187.5/sq mi (458.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 73734
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-21350[1]
GNIS feature ID 1092173[2]

Dover is a town in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States. The population 464 at the 2010 census. a 26.4 percent gain from 367 at the 2000 census.[3]


The area around Dover was ideal for cattle grazing, By 1884, all the land had been leased to cattlemen. The Red Fork Traders' Ranch had been established near the Chisholm Trail. The land was opened for settlement by the Land Run of 1889, and the trading post was well-placed to benefit from the farmers that settled nearby.[4]

The Rock Island built a track through the Traders' Ranch and constructed abridge across the Cimarron River in October, 1889. A settlement called Red Wing grew up around the ranch. In 1890, a post office designated "Dover" was established, and the community took that name. By 1893, the community had an estimated 150 residents. The population grew to about 500 by1910.[4]

On September 18, 1906, a bridge across the Cimarron River near Dover collapsed beneath a Rock Island train bound for Fort Worth, Texas from Chicago. The bridge was a temporary structure unable to withstand the pressure of debris and high water. Replacement with a permanent structure had been delayed by the railroad for financial reasons. Several sources report that over 100 persons were killed,[4][5][6] although this figure is disputed. The true number may be as low as 4.[7]

A tornado in May 1999 destroyed about one-third of the town, killing one.[8]


Dover is located at 35°58′54″N 97°54′40″W / 35.98167°N 97.91111°W / 35.98167; -97.91111 (35.981598, -97.911047).[9] It is 9 miles (14 km) north of Kingfisher.[4]

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015473[10]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 367 people, 138 households, and 98 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,187.5 people per square mile (457.1/km²). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 488.6 per square mile (188.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.74% White, 2.18% African American, 1.91% Native American, 6.54% from other races, and 4.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.99% of the population.

There were 138 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% 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 3.22.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,219, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $18,636 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,287. About 11.0% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ CensusViewer: "Dover, Oklahoma population" Accessed May 26, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Dianna Everett, "Dover" Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Kite, Steven (September 20, 2000). "Corporate Greed Leads to Death in Oklahoma Territory". Oklahoma Audio Almanac. Oklahoma State University Library. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Goins, Charles Robert; Goble, Danney (2006). Historical Atlas of Oklahoma. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 119. ISBN 0-8061-3482-8. 
  7. ^ Sencicle, Lorraine (January 2008). "Dover Oklahoma". The Daughters of Dover: Dover around the world. Dover, England: The Dover Society. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Towns Pummeled By Twisters". NewsOK/The Oklahoman. May 4, 1999. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.