Newkirk in Kay County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Newkirk was originally platted as the townsite of Lamoreux by the United States Land Office in 1893 as the county seat of "K" county. It was named after Silas W. Lamoreaux who was the head of the General Land Office in Washington, D.C., at the time.
However, the citizens who made the historic run of September 16, 1893 and settled this community did not care for the name. They immediately held a town meeting and the name was changed to Santa Fe with the hopes of enticing the railroad to establish a depot here. Santa Fe was not acceptable to the post office or the railroad.
Once again the citizens met to decide upon an appropriate name for the community. A few miles to the north, the Santa Fe had established a cattle shipping point on their line named "Kirk". Hence, the name Newkirk was born and remains today.
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Location. 36° 52.935′ N, 97° 3.224′ W. Marker is in Newkirk, Oklahoma, in Kay County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 77) and 7th Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newkirk OK 74647, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Newkirk Kay County Fair (a few steps from this marker); Oklahoma State Centennial 1907 - 2007 (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherokee Allotments (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire of 1901 (within shouting distance of this marker); Kay County Abstract Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cline Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Land of Hope (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Newkirk.
Also see . . . The History of Newkirk, Oklahoma. (Submitted on October 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.