Peggs, Oklahoma

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Peggs, Oklahoma
Census-designated place
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°4′51″N 95°5′58″W / 36.08083°N 95.09944°W / 36.08083; -95.09944Coordinates: 36°4′51″N 95°5′58″W / 36.08083°N 95.09944°W / 36.08083; -95.09944
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cherokee
 • Total 15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 • Land 15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 813
 • Density 53/sq mi (20.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 74452
FIPS code 40-57950
GNIS feature ID 1096535

Peggs is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States.[1] It had a population of 813 at the 2010 census, compared to 814 at the 2000 census.[2] A large minority of its residents are Native American, most of them members of 10 tribal groups such as the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee Creek Nation.


The post office was established December 6, 1899. It was named for Thomas Pegg, acting principal chief of the Cherokee Nation during the Civil War.[3]

A tornado destroyed Peggs on May 2, 1920, killing 71 people, what was about 30 percent of the town's population at the time.[4] It is the deadliest tornado on record to have struck within NWS Tulsa's county warning area.


Peggs is located in northwestern Cherokee County, along Oklahoma State Highway 82, which leads southeast 15 miles (24 km) to Tahlequah, the county seat, and northwest 10 miles (16 km) to Locust Grove in Mayes County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Peggs CDP has an area of 15.3 square miles (39.7 km2), all of it land.[5]


There are three convenience stores and one post office in the small community. There is also a senior community center serving noon meals to senior citizens.


Peggs currently has one elementary (K-8) school, with 9-12 grade either going to neighboring Tahlequah, Hulbert, or Locust Grove to high school.