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There are seventy-seven counties in Oklahoma. Oklahoma originally had seven counties when it was first organized as the Oklahoma Territory. These counties were designated numerically, first through seventh. New counties added after this were designated by letters of the alphabet. The first seven counties were later renamed. The Oklahoma Constitutional Convention named all of the counties that were formed when Oklahoma entered statehood in 1907. Only two counties have been formed since then

Blaine County, Oklahoma

Blaine County Education, Geography, and History

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Blaine County is a county located in the state of Oklahoma. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,785. Its county seat is Watonga. Blaine County is the birthplace of voice actor Clarence Nash, the voice of Disney's Donald Duck.

Part of the Cheyenne-Arapaho land opening in 1892, the county had gained rail lines by the early 1900s and highways by the 1930s. The county was named for James Blaine, an American politician who was the Republican presidential candidate in 1884 and Secretary of State under President Benjamin Harrison

Etymology - Origin of Blaine County Name

Named for Hon. James G. Blaine, congressman, U. S. Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential nominee, on the nomination of his devoted admirer, editor Thompson B. Ferguson of the Watonga Republican who was afterward governor of Oklahoma.


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Blaine County History

Blaine County was one of several counties created by the Land Run of 1892. It was designated as county "C" beginning in 1890 before the land run. The area was settled by Creek and Seminole, who the federal government relocated to the area in the 1820s and 1830s. The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were relocated to the area from Colorado in 1869, after the Reconstruction Treaties of 1866 had taken the land back from the Creek and Seminole.

The land run was held after giving members of the tribe allotments of 160 acres (0.65 km2) each.

A post office established in the county seat of Watonga, Oklahoma the same year as the land run. The Enid and Anadarko Railway and the Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railroad both ran lines through the county from 1901 to 1903. The Blaine County Courthouse was built in 1906.

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Located in west-central Oklahoma, Blaine County is bordered by Major County on the north, Kingfisher and Canadian counties on the east, Caddo County on the south, and Custer and Dewey counties on the west. Named for Speaker of the US House of Representative James G. Blaine, the county encompasses 938.88 acres of land and water. The North Canadian River bisects Blaine County from the northwest to the southeast. The Cimarron River crosses the northeastern edge of the county, while the Canadian River cuts across the southwest portion. As to physiographical region, the northeastern half lies on the western edge of the Red Bed Plains and the southwestern half lies in the Gypsum Hills. At the turn of the twenty-first century incorporated towns included Canton, Geary, Greenfield, Hitchcock, Longdale, Okeene, and Watonga, the county seat....BLAINE COUNTY

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 939 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 928 square miles (2,400 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.1%) is water. The northeastern half of the county is located on the western edge of the Red Bed Plains while the southwestern half lies in the Gypsum Hills. The North Canadian River runs through the county from northwest to southeast.

The county includes the largest lake in western Oklahoma, Canton Lake.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Major County (north)
  • Kingfisher County (east)
  • Canadian County (southeast)
  • Caddo County (south)
  • Custer County (southwest)
  • Dewey County (northwest)


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