|• Type||Town Government|
|• Mayor||Keith Crawford|
|• Land||12.0 sq mi (31 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||610 ft (185.93 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1091382|
Verdigris is an incorporated town in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States, in the Tulsa metropolitan area. It straddles former U.S. Highway 66 (now State Highway 66) between Catoosa and Claremore. Verdigris had a population of 3,993 at the 2010 census, an increase of 92.9 percent from 2,070 at the 2000 census.
Verdigris is named after the nearby Verdigris River, so named by French Traders that settled in the area around the late 1700s. Several Native American tribes, including the Osage, Delaware and Cherokee, had populations along the Verdigris River. The rural community known as Verdigris has been in existence since before Oklahoma statehood in 1907. The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco) referred to the area as the "Verdigris Switch" in the late 1880s. Verdigris schools were founded in the early 1900s. America's Mother road, U.S. 66, was routed through Verdigris in the late 1920s.
The community was named for the Verdigris River; the river name derives from French terms for "green" and "gray." Verdigris is the fastest growing municipality in Rogers County. The growth rate between 2000 and 2010 was 119%. The population at the 2010 census was 3,993.
The average annual temperature is 60 degrees. On average, 66 days annually are above 90 degrees, and 25 days annually have a temperature of 20 degrees or lower. The average rainfall is 43.45 inches. The growing season is 208 days.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,993 people residing in the Town of Verdigris. There were 1,598 housing units. The racial makeup of Verdigris was 77.41% White, 13.30% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.43% Black, 6.74% from 2 or more races, and 1.57% other.
Verdigris is primarily a small agricultural community. It is also the home of the CF Industries’ Verdigris Nitrogen Facility, which manufactures anhydrous ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) solutions, nitric acid, high purity argon and food grade liquid carbon dioxide. The facility is located on 800 acres (320 ha) and employs approximately 200 people. The urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) production facility has an annual capacity of 2.0 million tons of UAN and is the second largest such in North America.
Verdigris in Literature
In Kurt Vonnegut's short story Armageddon in Retrospect, published in his final book of the same name, Verdigris is featured as the headquarters of the United Nations Demonological Investigating Committee, or UNDICO.
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