Those coal deposits came to the attention of businessmen back east, and soon the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway, the Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad and the Okmulgee Norther Railway opened several active mines throughout the area.
In 1901 a city government was formed, and Olin Meacham served as the first Mayor.
Coal, oil, natural gas and agricultural products provided the economic base for the town during the 1st part of the 20th century. Within the first 9 years of its existence, there were 14 coal mines operating here that provided a $70,000 payroll.
Further Economic Growth
Smelter & Ore Deposits