Peckham, Oklahoma History

Peckham map

"This information was gathered from various sites throughout the Internet. The numbers behind the sentences correspond to the web page I got the information from during my research. It is a conglomeration of information that has it's resources on the corresponding webpages. Please visit those web pages as the people there have done hard work in making history more available to all of us.

Paul Reeves

At the bottom of the page are 'Places of Interest' where I have captured some of the history of the local area.

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A Post Office was established July 15, 1899 with William Leonard postmaster. Located in the north-central part of the county on the Frisco railroad line, seven miles west of Newkirk. Named after the railroad builder Ed Peckham. It once had a population of about 400. In 1894 a school was built with 47 students in attendance. Businesses included a furniture store, lumber yards, a bank, livery stable, realty company, restaurant, grocery store, drug store, implement store, general store, meat marker, candy and confectionary store, barber shop, hotel and a several churches.[5]

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Finding anything out on the web is almost impossible concerning Peckham, Oklahoma.  As far as I can tell the township was named after Edward L. Peckham, who was an attorney in Blackwell, Oklahoma.  It seems that Mr. Peckham was quite the entrapenuer, creating the Blackwell Railroad, he brought the telephone into these parts and was quite the businessman. He also seemed to have owned a couple of prime pieces of land around Blackwell, and a 1910 map I have seen shows that he apparently had a race track, presumably for race horses, for there are several items out on the internet telling about him owning the 'Chicaskia Stock Farm' and teh items relate to his having 'trotting' horses.

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I am presuming that Mr. Ed. L. Peckham is responsible for Peckham Oklahoma, mostly due to a lawsuit "Lane vs. Peckham Jan. 8, 1910 where there was a disagreement on a piece of land, 80 acres, where Mr. Peckham was to build a railroad station and townsite, and since he won the courts approval, I presume that is the Peckham townsite. However, the lawsuit does not give the physical location of the land.[3]

Edward L. Peckham (1863 - ??)[4]

For such a notable figure in the history of the Blackwell and surrounding area, I find it odd that it is so hard to find out anything about this man out on the Internet. There is so little information about him, so what I have is sketchy at best.

He was admitted to the bar in 1885 and was engaged in the practice of law until 1893 when he married in Blackwell, Oklahoma upon the opening of the Cherokee Strip. He organized and built the Kansas Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad from Arkansas City, Kansas to Blackwell, Oklahoma, which was completed in 1899 and sold to the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad. Later he incorporated the Blackwell Enid & Southwestern which he built from Blackwell, Oklahoma to Vernon, Texas. In 1901 Mr. Peckham and his associates acquired the charter of the Denver Enid & Gulf and in less than 18 months he completed the road from Enid to Guthrie, Oklahoma and on January 1, 1906 he sold it to the AT&SF.[4]

The Northern Oklahoma Telephone Company was organized in 1897 or 1898 by Garrett Waite, A. H. Waite, E. A. Hildebrand, Ed L. Peckham of Blackwell, and built from Arkansas City, Kansas, to Newkirk, Ponca City, and Blackwell and later on extended their lines to Perry. They built small exchanges at Newkirk, Ponca City, Blackwell and Tonkawa.[1]

The Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railway, extending from Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Vernon, Texas, 253 miles, was projected by the late Mr. Ed. L. Peckham of Blackwell, Oklahoma, in 1900. The construction was taken up first to build a line from Blackmell to Enid, Oklahoma, 48 miles. Mr. Peckham's first problem was to find some one who would finance the project. After vainly endeavoring to elicit the support of the railway executives of lines then operating in that territory, and after many unsuccessful visits to financiers in New York, Chicago and St. Louis, the plan was brought to the attention of Mr. Breckenridge Jones, then President (now Chairman of the Board) of the Mississippi Valley Trust Company, St. Louis. Mr. Jones visited the country, noted its great fertility, and its rapid settling up, and believed that this portion of Oklahoma had a great future. It will be remembered that this section of the state was embraced in the Cherokee Strip thrown open to settlement by the race of September, 1893. Blackwell was a flourishing town of Kay County,
the best agricultural country in the Territory of Oklahoma. Enid was the county seat of Garfield County, and a rapidly growing city. There was not an acre of barren land between the two towns, the country was highly productive, and Mr. Jones concluded that the venture was sound. He accordingly organized a company of St. Louis capitalists, and the line mas rapidly constructed.[2]


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