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Blaine County, Oklahoma
Proud Past, Bright Future
Here is a history page for Okeene.
The area surrounding Okeene was officially opened to European settlement by the land run of April 19th, 1892. Several settlers had already come into the area in the 1870's forming large ranches, and even earlier around the time of the Civil War.
This page tells how Okeene was named. One version says a local resident, Tude Mansfield, made up the three syllable word, O-kee-ne from the words, Oklahoma, Cherokee and Cheyenne. Later, the word was divided up as Ok-ee-ne. But the original spelling was written on early maps as O'keene which made it appear Irish. The local residents protested and the name's spelling was officially changed to Okeene.
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Annual Rattlesnake Hunt
Okeene is famous for its annual rattlesnake hunt and prides itself on being the home of the original rattlesnake hunt. The hunt, held annually around the end of April or early May attracts participants, spectators and those who are simply curious from around the world. In 2001, Okeene celebrated its 62nd snakehunt
Okeene has a trustee board form of government
Miscellany The population of Okeene was:
1970 - 1,421
1980 - 1,601
1990 - 1,343
2000 - 1,240