Grove, Oklahoma

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Grove, Oklahoma
Round Grove
"Living the Grand Life!"
Location of Grove, Oklahoma
Location of Grove, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°35′19″N 94°46′59″W / 36.58861°N 94.78306°W / 36.58861; -94.78306Coordinates: 36°35′19″N 94°46′59″W / 36.58861°N 94.78306°W / 36.58861; -94.78306
CountryUnited States
 • Total9.51 sq mi (24.63 km2)
 • Land9.50 sq mi (24.60 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
774 ft (236 m)
 • Total6,956
 • Density732.29/sq mi (282.73/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)539/918
FIPS code40-31600[2]
GNIS feature ID1093427[3]

Grove is a city in Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,623 at the 2010 census, an increase of 27.6 percent over the figure of 5,131 recorded in 2000.[4] Grove is surrounded by Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, a professional bass fishing tournament lake and recreational hotspot during the travel season of Memorial Day to Labor Day.


Prior to Oklahoma statehood, Grove was part of the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory. It was named for a grove of trees where it was sited. A post office, named "Brennen", was located in the limits of present-day Grove in 1888, but the city was not incorporated until the 1890s,[a][5] making it the only incorporated town in Delaware County when Oklahoma became a state.[4]

The city underwent a $3.7 million park project to attract fishing events to Grand Lake, most recently attracting the 2013 and 2016 Bassmaster Classic.[6] Grove is also home to the Grand Lake Casino, which was opened in 1988.


Grove is located in northern Delaware County at 36°35′19″N 94°46′59″W / 36.58861°N 94.78306°W / 36.58861; -94.78306 (36.588611, -94.783110),[7] on the east side of the Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. U.S. Route 59 passes through the city, leading north 15 miles (24 km) to Interstate 44 near Afton and south 12 miles (19 km) to Jay, the Delaware County seat. Oklahoma State Highways 10 and 25 lead east out of town.

Grove is also located 12.6 miles (20.27 km) southeast of two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) subdivisions, the Cherokee from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Springfield, Missouri, and the Afton, from nearby Afton Oklahoma to Kansas City's BNSF Argentine Yard. In nearby Afton lies Historic Route 66, now US-60. This historic route begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Santa Monica, California. It serves the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California respectively.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.0 km2), of which 9.2 square miles (23.8 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.69%, is water.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,131 people, 2,286 households, and 1,490 families residing in the city. The population density was 569.2 people per square mile (219.9/km2). There were 2,807 housing units at an average density of 311.4 per square mile (120.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.60% White, 0.08% African American, 10.19% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 5.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.

There were 2,286 households, out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 19.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 29.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,464, and the median income for a family was $38,347. Males had a median income of $31,908 versus $19,106 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,351. About 9.3% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


Grove is served by a public school system. Schools in the Grove Public School System[9] are as follows;

9th through 12th grades

  • Grove High School[10]
  • Grove Alternative Academy

7th through 8th grades

  • Grove Middle School[11]

4th through 6th grade

  • Grove Upper Elementary School[12]

1st Through 3rd grades

  • Grove Lower Elementary School[13]

Pre-K and Kindergarten

  • Grove Early Childhood Center[14]

Grove Oklahoma's mascot is the Ridgerunner

Northeast Oklahoma A&M College[15] serves the adult community's post-secondary college educational needs. In nearby Afton Oklahoma Northeast Tech[16] offers technical training opportunities in many educational and technical fields of studies.


Grove has a council-manager system of government. There are four wards within the city. Representation consist of a mayor, vice-mayor, and three other council members. The mayor represents one of the wards within the city, and the vice-mayor is an at-large member. The current council members are:

  • Ed Trumbull, mayor and ward 1 councilman
  • Ivan Devitt, vice-mayor
  • Josh McElhaney, ward 2 councilman
  • Matt Henderson, ward 3 councilman
  • Martin (Marty) Dyer, ward 4 councilman

Debbie Bottoroff is the city manager.

Grove is represented in the Oklahoma State Legislature by the following individuals;

  • Tom Woods (R)[17] in Senate District 4
  • Josh West (R)[18] in House District 5

Grove is represented in the House of Representatives and Senate by the following individuals;


House of Representatives

  • Markwayne Mullin (R)[21] in the Oklahoma House District 02

Media Markets[edit]

  • KWXC 88.9 FM broadcasts at 6,000 watts, and airs a religious format.[22]
  • KGVE 99.3 FM[23] is a 15,000 watt radio station located in downtown Grove that offers a country music format, and public information for the community.
  • Grove Sun[24] is a bi-weekly newspaper, publishing on Tuesdays and Fridays, with the Grand Lake Magazine (published in the Friday edition).
  • Grove Oklahoma is in both the Tulsa Oklahoma and Joplin Missouri media markets. The National Weather Service office in Tulsa Oklahoma provides the community with weather safety and forecast information.
  • Bolt Fiber Optic[25] provides internet, television, and telephone services through their fiber optic network to the community.

Points of interest[edit]

  • Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, which is formed from three rivers, the Neosho River from Kansas, the Elk and Spring Rivers from Missouri. Pensacola Dam is located between the nearby towns of Langley and Disney about 17 miles (27.36 km) southwest of downtown on OK-28.
  • Lendonwood Gardens located at 1308 Har-Ber Road, 1 mile west of Main Street of is a collection of seven distinct botanical gardens within eight acres, including the Japanese Pavilion Garden, English Terrace Garden, Oriental Garden, Angel of Hope Garden, American Backyard Garden, and an Azalea Garden. Shaded pathways lead to more than twelve hundred different types of plants.[26]
  • Har-Ber Village Museum, which has a pioneer-era village with artifacts, and nature trails.[27]
  • Splitlog Church, also known as the Cayuga Mission Church, is about 9 miles northeast of Grove and is on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Delaware County, Oklahoma. Constructed in 1886, the church was built by a Native American with his own money. The inside displays hand-crafted wood and stones, each with a Native American symbol. The mission bells ring every day of the year.[28]
  • Corey House/Hotel, east of town on E 293 Rd,[29] which is also on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Delaware County, Oklahoma
  • Honey Creek State Park, located at 901 State Park Rd. This park offers camping, picnic and gathering gazebo's, a public swimming pool, boat access to Grand Lake.
  • Sailboat Bridge, The bridge is a four lane 3,013 ft bridge on US-59, on the north side of the city that overlooks Grand Lake on the main channel of the Neosho River.
  • Wolf Creek Public Park and Boating Facility, This is a public boat launching facility and park located east of US-59 on 16th Street. It is a favored location for the Pelican Festival, fishing tournaments, and a multi-use place for public events.
  • Grove Civic Center, located at 1702 Main Street. This is a publicly owned multi-use facility south of downtown that offers meeting areas, a large hall for concerts, pageants, and ceremonies.
  • Cherokee Grove Golf Course, located at 522 Quail Run Road, is a nine-hole public golf course and driving range near Patricia Island.
  • Patricia Island Country Club, located at 4980 Clubhouse Road, is a tournament style eighteen hole private golf course with meeting areas, and easy access to Grand Lake near Patricia Island.
  • Grove Sports & Recreation Complex, located 1/2 mile east of Main Street on 13th Street and Shundi. This public facility offers baseball/softball fields, a public swimming pool and water park, tennis courts, a soccer field, and a general events center.
  • Grove Regional Airport. The main building is located at 335 Airport Drive, the entrance is 0.2 miles north of 3rd Street (OK-10) on Ford Road near Grove High School east of downtown. This facility offers a 5,200X75 ft asphalt runway, taxiway, apron, and hangars.

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Grove is the site of the annual American Heritage Music Festival.[30] This free event, presented by Grand Lake Festivals and the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, typically runs multiple days in early June and may include not only live music, but also food, races and more.[30]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture states that the date of incorporation is uncertain, but was probably in 1895,[4]


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  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  5. ^ "Grove". Rose Stauber, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.
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  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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  17. ^ "Blake Stephens | Oklahoma Senate".
  18. ^ "Representative Josh West - Oklahoma House of Representatives".
  19. ^ "Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma".
  20. ^ "Home | U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma".
  21. ^ "U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin".
  22. ^ "KWXC 88.9 FM | KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio | Grove Broadcasting Oklahoma".
  23. ^ "Kgve 99.3".
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  25. ^ "Bolt Fiber".
  26. ^ "Lendonwood Gardens". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  27. ^ "Welcome to Har-Ber Village Museum!". Har-Ber Village. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  28. ^ "The Cayuga Mission Church". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  29. ^ "Corey House/hotel". Facebook. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Grove to host American Heritage Music Festival". Tulsa World, June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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