Verdigris, Oklahoma

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Verdigris, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°18′55″N 95°36′46″W / 36.31528°N 95.61278°W / 36.31528; -95.61278Coordinates: 36°18′55″N 95°36′46″W / 36.31528°N 95.61278°W / 36.31528; -95.61278
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Rogers
Incorporated 1980
 • 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)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4,118
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 74019
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-14700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1091382[2]
Verdigris Town Hall building
Verdigris Town Hall

Verdigris is an incorporated town[3] in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States, in the Tulsa metropolitan area.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7] The growth rate between 2000 and 2010 was 119%. The population at the 2010 census was 3,993.[8]


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.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 659
2010 3,993 505.9%
Est. 2014 4,237 [10] 6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

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.[12]


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.[13]

Verdigris in Literature[edit]

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.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Boundary Changes". Geographic Change Notes: Oklahoma. Population Division, United States Census Bureau. 2006-05-19. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  4. ^ Verdigris Frequently Asked Questions
  5. ^ "CensusViewer: Verdigris, Oklahoma Population." Accessed April 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Town of Verdigris Web Page". Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Verdigris, Catoosa Post Most Population". 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  8. ^ CensusViewer:Population of the City of Verdigris, Oklahoma.[1]
  9. ^ "Oklahoma Climatological Survey" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "America Fact Finder". Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  13. ^ "CF Industries Verdigris Nitrogen Complex." Accessed April 29, 2015.