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Cimarron County, located in the panhandle of Oklahoma, has a fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. The area was once inhabited by various Indigenous tribes, including the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa, who relied on hunting and gathering for their sustenance. European explorers arrived in the 16th century, and in the 1800s, the region became a part of the expansive Comancheria.

In the late 1800s, as the United States expanded westward, Cimarron County experienced significant changes. The area became a center for cattle ranching, attracting ranchers who sought vast grasslands for their herds. One notable individual was "Buffalo Jones," who established one of the first ranches in Cimarron County and played a crucial role in preserving the American bison.

The county was officially established in 1907 when Oklahoma became a state. However, settlement in Cimarron County was challenging due to its arid climate and lack of water resources. Despite the challenges, homesteaders persevered, and small towns began to emerge, such as Boise City, which was incorporated in 1908. The arrival of the railroad in the early 20th century further facilitated growth and trade.

During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Cimarron County was severely affected by devastating dust storms and prolonged droughts. Many residents were forced to abandon their farms and seek work elsewhere. However, the county eventually recovered, and today, it remains a primarily agricultural region, known for its production of wheat, corn, and cattle. Cimarron County also boasts beautiful natural features, including the picturesque Cimarron River and the rugged Cimarron National Grassland, attracting visitors who appreciate its unspoiled beauty.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

  • 1907 - Cimarron County is established on July 16th as part of the Oklahoma Territory
  • 1910 - The first census shows a population of 4,116 people in the county
  • 1924 - The Dust Bowl hits the region, causing severe drought and soil erosion
  • 1936 - The Black Sunday dust storm occurs, one of the most severe dust storms of the Dust Bowl era
  • 1957 - Completion of the Alva-Cimarron-Texhoma oil pipeline
  • 1982 - The Cimarron County Fair is established
  • 1991 - Cimarron County experiences a population decline due to changes in agriculture and oil industry
  • 2000 - The U.S. Census records a population of 3,148 people in Cimarron County
  • 2012 - Cimarron County celebrates its 105th anniversary with various events and activities