Thackerville, Oklahoma

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Thackerville, Oklahoma
Location of Thackerville, Oklahoma
Location of Thackerville, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 33°47′45″N 97°8′37″W / 33.79583°N 97.14361°W / 33.79583; -97.14361Coordinates: 33°47′45″N 97°8′37″W / 33.79583°N 97.14361°W / 33.79583; -97.14361
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.21 sq mi (5.74 km2)
 • Land2.20 sq mi (5.71 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
866 ft (264 m)
 • Total614
 • Estimate 
 • Density233.32/sq mi (92.55/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)580
FIPS code40-73200[3]
GNIS feature ID1098830[4]

Thackerville is a town in Love County, Oklahoma. It is located in South Central Oklahoma. The population was 445 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Thackerville is located at 33°47′45″N 97°8′37″W / 33.79583°N 97.14361°W / 33.79583; -97.14361 (33.795874, -97.143677).[5] It is situated near the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and State Highway 153, five miles north of the Texas state line and ten miles south of Marietta in south central Love County.[6][7] Interstate 35 passes through town, putting Thackerville on the main route between Oklahoma City and Dallas/Ft. Worth.[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all land.


Thackerville was founded in the mid-19th century. The community is named after Zacariah Thacker, a pioneer from Arkansas.[7] It is believed that he was headed for the Amarillo, Texas area, but he camped one night at Wolf Hollow Creek in Indian Territory and remained there until his death a few years later.[9] Thacker befriended some of the local Indians and together they farmed a very productive corn crop.[6] Before long, many people began settling in the area.

After Thacker's death in 1887, the community relocated from its original site near where Wolf Creek enters the Red River, to its present location. The main reason behind the move was to be closer to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.[6] A depot was constructed and the first grocery store, built by Oce McCage, opened across from it. Soon after, a school, churches, and a post office were constructed. Thackerville had a dirt main street with board walks that connected store porches.[9]

Court records filed in the United States Court, Southern District, in Indian Territory at Ardmore indicate that citizens of the community petitioned to incorporate Thackerville under Arkansas law on October 15, 1898.[9] At that time, approximately 175 people lived in the community. On July 5, 1899, Thackerville was officially incorporated into Indian Territory by Judge Hosea Townsend.[9]

At the time of its founding, Thackerville was located in Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation.[10]

U.S. Highway 77 was established from the Red River through Thackerville in 1926. At that time, the town moved to each side of the highway, which became the new "main" street in the community.[9] Thackerville's population fluctuated throughout the remainder of the 20th century, reaching a low of 178 in 1950 and peaking at 431 in 1980.[6]

Thackerville is the location of the WinStar World Casino, operated by the Chickasaw Nation.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)514[2]15.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

At the 2000 census there were 404 people, 149 households, and 108 families living in the town. The population density was 189.5 people per square mile (73.2/km2). There were 166 housing units at an average density of 77.9 per square mile (30.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.85% White, 4.70% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.99% from other races, and 4.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97%.[3]

Of the 149 households 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 23.5% of households were one person and 9.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.18.

The age distribution was 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 117.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.3 males.

The median household income was $22,750 and the median family income was $45,893. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $18,611 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,605. About 7.7% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 22.2% of those age 65 or over.


Thackerville Public Schools, a PK-12 school district, serves the town of Thackerville as well as unincorporated areas in south central Love County.

In popular culture[edit]

Terry Bradshaw, four-time Super Bowl champion, maintains a ranch in Thackerville which is the home location for his reality TV show, The Bradshaw Bunch.[12]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Bratcher, Michael. "Thackerville". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Oklahoma Historical Society. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Love County, Oklahoma - Towns". OKGenWeb Project. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  8. ^ "Thackerville, Oklahoma". Google Maps. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e "The History of Thackerville". Michael Bratcher, Marietta (OK) Monitor. February 7, 1999. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  10. ^ Charles Goins, Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006), plate 105.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bradshaw Bunch: Terry Bradshaw launches reality show, shares his Oklahoma story". Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World, September 21, 2020. Retrieved October 3, 2020.

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