Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state in the country, with over 200 lakes created by dams.

McClain County, Oklahoma, was named after a prominent lawyer and politician, Charles M. McClain. The county was officially established on July 16, 1907, as one of the original 77 counties of the state. Prior to this, the area was home to Native American tribes, with the Chickasaw Nation having a strong presence in the region since the 1830s.

In the late 1800s, with the opening of land for settlement, McClain County saw an influx of pioneers and settlers. It quickly became an agricultural hub, with farming and ranching becoming the primary occupations of its residents. The county's fertile soil and favorable climate were ideal for growing crops such as cotton, wheat, corn, and peanuts.

The early years of the county saw the establishment of several towns, including Purcell, which became the county seat. The presence of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway in Purcell further contributed to its growth and development as a trading center. Other towns, such as Newcastle, were also formed during this time.

Throughout the 20th century, McClain County experienced significant events and milestones. In the 1930s, the Great Depression hit the area hard, affecting the local economy and forcing many to seek employment elsewhere. However, the county rebounded in the post-World War II era, with the expansion of industries and the growth of the oil and gas industry in the region.

Today, McClain County continues to be a vibrant and thriving community, marked by its rich agricultural heritage and economic diversification. It remains an important hub for farming, ranching, and manufacturing, while also embracing modern industries such as technology and tourism. The county's historical landmarks, natural beauty, and friendly communities make it an attractive place to live and visit.

  • 1907: McClain County is established as a county in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Early 1900s: The county is primarily used for agriculture, with farming and ranching being the main industries.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression hits McClain County, causing significant economic hardships for residents.
  • 1960s: Interstate 35 is constructed, running through McClain County and improving transportation and connectivity.
  • 1990s: The county experiences population growth and development, with increased urbanization and commercial activity.
  • 2007: McClain County celebrates its centennial anniversary.