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     The region known, as the Cherokee outlet, or often called the Cherokee strip, was sixty miles wide and two hundred and twenty miles long, with 9,409 square miles, 6,000,000 fertile acres, was opened to settlers at noon, September 16, 1893. The run, in the northwest section of the state, attacted nearly 100,000 new settlers to the area.
     It contained seven counties, Pawnee, Noble, Kay, Grant, Garfield, Woods and Woodward. The population was largely American, and Kansas was possibly more numerously represented than any other state among the original claimants, although Texans, Missourians, Buckeyes, Hawkeyes, Suckers and Corncrackers were also to be found in abundance. In the strip was grown as fine cotton as any region produces; barley, which was a sure crop and yielded heavily; Kaffir corn, which furnished as much grain per acre as Indian corn, and was especially valued for its fodder; castor beans, sorghum, alfalfa, etc. Peach trees are very productive, and the fruit is not only fine in flavor, but large in size. Other varieties of fruits also flourish. When the comparatively recent settlement of this portion of Oklahoma is considered, its present state of development is remarkable, and presents an object lesson of what can be accomplished by men of energy amid favorable surroundings.
     The land rush transformed empty prairies into future farms, communities and towns almost overnight. Transportation was by wagon, buggy, horseback or on foot, taking several days to travel a very short distance by today's standards. The best means of communication to everyone was the mail service. Thus post offices sprang up everywhere, providing an important service to the newly arrived settlers. The western prairie had a post office about every six or eight miles. As modes of transportaion improved, many of these post offices were discontinued, or absorbed into larger cities over the years. Some became larger settlements which are now the towns and cities of today.
     When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, other counties were formed. The southern portion of Woods county became Major County. The new county was named for John C. Major, a member of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Located in Northwest Oklahoma, Major county is surrounded to the west by Woodward County, Woods and Alfalfa counties to the north, Garfield county on the east, with Kingfisher, Blaine, and Dewey counties to the south.
     Fairview, which took its name from its scenic location in a wooded valley east of the uplands forming the Glass Mountains, became the county seat. The post office at Fairview had been previously established on 18 Apr 1894. Of the many post offices established in Major County, few are in existance today. Some of the small communities of earlier days remain as populated places throughout the county, but many are gone. Some have dissappeared without leaving any signs that they ever existed. A few places are still considered populated, although nothing or very little of the town remains. Some of the names of towns or post offices were changed.

Major County Place Names

     In the table below, "PO from" is the date the Post Office was established or date name was changed. "PO to" is the date the Post Office was discontinued or had a name change. In some cases, the post office was moved to another town or state. †=historical - the post office is no longer in service or no longer goes by the name listed. *=NLIE - No longer in existance - the town does not exist, but might still be a populated place. AKA=Previous/changed names.
Place Names
Alamo †13 Mar 189402 Apr 1897*  
5 miles north of Fairview, on Cottonwood Creek. Name is from the Spanish word for cottonwood
Almeda †04 Feb 189520 Jan 1903 Bernardi 
7 miles SE of Cleo Springs.
Ames04 Jan 1902  Hoylepopulated place
Named for Henry S. Ames of St. Louis, official of Denver, Enid & Gulf RR.
Bado †19 Feb 190114 Feb 1905 Baddopopulated place
14 miles southwest of Fairview
Barnes †09 Dec 189715 Dec 1908   
5 miles NE of Seiling, named for Cassius M. Barnes, 4th governor of OT
Barney †12 Jun 190215 Apr 1925   
13 miles SW of Orienta. Name from nearby Barney Creek.
Bernardi †20 Apr 189630 Sep 1901   
7 miles southeast of Cleo Springs.
Bernardi20 Jan 190315 Aug 1910 Almeda 
See Almeda
Bertrand15 Aug 189431 Nov 1895*  
5 miles north of Ames. Named comes from Bertrand, KS
Bird †     
Bostick †12 Mar 190129 Sep 1906*  
15 miles south of Waynoka
Bouse Junction    populated place
Cedar Springs    populated place
Chester08 Apr 1896   populated place
5 miles north of Seiling. Named for Chester Long US Senator from KS
Cheyenne Valley    populated place
Clarion †26 May 190215 Feb 1908*  
6 miles west of Orienta.
Cleo †07 Dec 189403 May 1917 Cleo Springs 
In north-central Major County. Name from near by Cleo Springs
Cleo Springs †21 Mar 1894  Cleopopulated place
Named for Cle-oh-i-to-mo an Indian maid
Concord †10 Apr 189429 Feb 1904*  
5 miles west of Drummond.
Crystal Lakes    populated place
Dane †03 Aug 189531 Jul 1909* populated place
7 miles southwest of Fairview.
Dyche †08 Nov 191331 Oct 1914*  
In extreme northwestern corner of Major Co. Named for William B. Dyche, 1st postmaster
Elmot †01 Dec 190330 Mar 1912*  
About 11 miles west of Orienta.
Estelle †27 Jun 190107 Jan 1908 Hoopville 
10 miles northwest of Phroso
Fairbanks †17 Oct 190428 Feb 1921   
18 miles west of Fairview. Named for Charels W. Fairbanks, VP of the US.
Fairview18 Apr 1894  County Seatpopulated place
Forrest †      
Glass Mountains   Prominent land feature 
Buttes are covered with selenite, which resembles bits of glass
Granton †25 Agu 189831 May 1921   
11 miles northwest of Fairview
Griever †10 Apr 190130 Nov 1907*Griener? 
16 miles west of Orienta. Named for nearby Griever Canyon.
Heman29 Apr 190115 Feb 1922   
5 miles southwest of Waynoa. Named for F. A. Heman, conductor on Santa Fe RR.
Holt †     
Hoopville †07 Jan 190829 Sep 1913 Estelle/Sherman 
See Estelle & Sherman
Hoyle †31 Jan 189404 Jan 1902 Ames 
Named for nearby Hoyle Creek, tributary of Cimarron River
Isabella25 Jul 1894   populated place
8 miles SE of Fairview. Name from Belle Isbell, wife of local landowner.
Leslie †     
Lindley    populated place
Lynn †12 Mar 189530 Jan 1904*  
3 miles west of Ames
Lyons †21 Mar 189431 Aug 1905*  
4 miles south of Ames.
Media †17 Jun 190528 Feb 1915   
15 miles southeast of Quinlan
Meno19 Oct 1899   populated place
15 miles west of Enid. Named for Menno Simons, early Mennonite leader.
Oneil †13 Aug 190731 Dec 1908   
7 miles southeast of Quinlan. PO sames as O'Neil in Woodward Co.
Orienta †12 Mar 1901   populated place
6 miles north of Fairview. Name from Cansas City, Mexico & Orient RR.
Orion †16 Apr 189530 Jun 1932  populated place
12 miles northeast of Seiling. From Greek mythology, a constellation in the northern sky.
Phroso †19 Sep 190029 May 1937  populated place
8 miles northeast of Chester. Name from Phroso, novel by Anthony Hope.
Piper    populated place
Plymouth †22 Aug 189430 Sep 1905*  
7 miles south of Fairview.
Prudence †30 Apr 189514 Jun 1901*  
4 miles southwest of Ames.
Ringwood23 Mar 1894   populated place
22 miles west of Enid. Named for three ringed trees.
Roscoe †17 Apr 190015 May 1909*  
5 miles northwest of Fairview.
Rusk †21 Mar 189431 Oct 1912   
6 miles east of Fairview.
Sherman †29 Jan 191315 Aug 1949 Hoopville 
10 miles NW of Phoso. Named for Joseph Sherman, legislator & local resident.
Tivoli †02 Jan 189615 Jun 1913*  
12 miles NW of Canton. Name from Tivoli Gardens, Copenhage, Denmark
Togo †23 Jun 190515 Feb 1921  populated place
14 miles southeast of Waynoka
Vilas †08 Mar 189430 Apr 1903*  
5 miles NE of Okeene. Named for William F. Vilas, postmaster general & Sec. of the Interior.
Walthall †23 Apr 189431 Jan 1906*  
5 miles SW of Ringwood. Coined from name of Walter Hall, local resident.
West Cleo    populated place
Winter †     
Wooddale †09 Feb 190915 Jun 1926   
11 miles southwest of Fairview.
Zeigler †     

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