The first oil well in Oklahoma was drilled in 1897 in what is now Bartlesville. The discovery of oil in Oklahoma led to a boom in the state's economy, and it quickly became one of the largest oil-producing states in the country.
Custer County, Oklahoma, has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the early days of the American West. The area that is now Custer County was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Cheyenne and Arapaho. Europeans began to settle in the area in the late 1800s, drawn by the promise of fertile land and the opportunities offered by the expanding frontier.

The county was officially established in 1892, named in honor of General George Armstrong Custer, the controversial military figure who played a prominent role in the Indian Wars. In its early years, Custer County experienced a boom in agriculture, particularly wheat production. The introduction of railroads in the area further facilitated economic growth, as it allowed farmers to transport their goods to larger markets.

Over the years, Custer County faced its share of challenges. The Dust Bowl, a period of severe drought and soil erosion during the 1930s, devastated the region's agriculture. Many farmers were forced to abandon their land and seek employment elsewhere. The county also played a role in World War II, as the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base was established in 1942 and served as a training facility for pilots.

In more recent years, Custer County has continued to diversify its economy. The discovery of oil and natural gas reserves in the 1950s brought economic prosperity and new opportunities for the county. Today, Custer County thrives on a combination of agriculture, energy production, and a growing tourism industry. The county is known for its natural beauty, with the picturesque Red Rock Canyon and the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site being popular attractions for visitors.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Custer County, Oklahoma.

  • 1892 - Custer County is established.
  • 1897 - The town of Arapaho is incorporated.
  • 1901 - The town of Clinton is incorporated.
  • 1916 - The Battle of Turkey Springs takes place in the county during the Mexican Border War.
  • 1954 - The Foss Dam is completed, providing irrigation and flood control for the area.
  • 1983 - The National Route 66 Museum is opened in Clinton.
  • 1992 - Clinton becomes the county seat of Custer County.
  • 2007 - The Stafford Air & Space Museum expands and reopens in Weatherford.