Grainola, Oklahoma History

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"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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An incorporated community in rural northwestern Osage County, Grainola is situated along State Highway 18, eleven miles north of Shidler and forty miles northwest of the Osage County seat of Pawhuska.

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Grainola originated as Salt Creek, a location along the Midland Valley Railway. Named for a nearby Arkansas River tributary, the Salt Creek post office opened in November 1906. The postal designation was changed to Grainola, an invented word, in March 1910. The Grainola townsite was established in autumn 1909. By November of that year the community had two grain elevators, a general store, and a lumberyard. A bank had been organized, and several businesses, including a   hotel, were being planned. Cattle ranching and farming fueled the economy.[1]

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Located north of the Burbank Oil Field, Grainola benefitted little from the Osage oil boom of the 1910s and 1920s. During the Great Depression the Works Progress Administration constructed a public school and a community well at Grainola. Despite the renewal the town's population fell from 197 in 1930 to 57 in 1950. 

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By 1970 local children were attending school at Shidler and the Midland Valley track had been abandoned. In 1980, when Grainola had a population of 67, the town comprised thirty residences, two churches, two businesses, and a senior citizens center. Although there was oil field activity nearby, farming and ranching continued to support the economy. The town had 58 inhabitants in 1990 and 31 in 2000. In 2000 the nearest post office was at Shidler.[1]

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