Eddy, Oklahoma History

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Paul Reeves

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

Eddy was located in northern Oklahoma in Kay County abutting the Grant County line west of Interstate 35 between SR 11 and U.S. Highway 60.[1]

The story of this town was about luck--all bad. A thriving community in the late 1800's, it was burned to the ground in the early 1900's. It rose from the ashes like a Phoenix only to be wiped out by a tornado a few years later. All that remains is the New Home cemetery.[1]

Eddy, another community that failed to become an incorporated town, should have changed its name to “Disaster”, being hampered by one disaster after another. Charles A. Spencer started the community when he moved his post office from Osborne, Grant County, to Kay County, primarily because of the new railroad line. The post office opened January 3, 1901, named “Eddy” after the son of BES Line builder, Ed Peckham. At one time or another, Eddy claimed two grain elevators, a livery stable, four or more grocery stores, a restaurant, two lumber yards, a general store, the Hayes Hotel, Baptist Church, Methodist Church and a fine big depot. Then came disasters. Fires burned out whole sections of Eddy in 1907, 1920 and 1939. Tornadoes demolished much of the town in 1904 and 1914. Eddy’s post office, established January 3, 1901, remained open until February 22, 1957, but the town was never able to overcome the many disasters it endured.[2]


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