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Washington County, Oklahoma
Ramona was founded in 1899, and was a stop on the Santa-Fe Railroad. It was the fourth-to-the-last stop if you were heading south. Ramona became an oil town, even becoming larger than Tulsa for a period. Unfortunately, the oil stopped flowing, and the population is now half of what it was in the oil days. The town was originally called Bon-Ton, but the name was changed to Ramona in honor of the Helen Hunt Jackson novel. The first church established was the Ramona Friends Church, still in existence, in 1902.
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The town, although fledgling, is a good little town. We desperately need economic growth to survive. The buildings on Fourth Street (the nearest thing we have to a main street) are a little worse for the wear, but are not so much so that they cannot be fixed up. A business would do well to move into the area, as we are conveniently located between Tulsa and Bartlesville (26 Mi. and 17 Mi., respectively) on Highway 75. A Wal-Mart distribution center is being built just north of town, which will improve our finances significantly. We have a few small businesses, such as a Bar-B-Que joint, a hair-dresser, a Sinclair gas station, Daylight Donuts, Bill's Tire Repair, and the town-famous Ward's Garage. There are several churches in Ramona, a history museum, a High School, a medical clinic (the first one in the state to receive a million-dollar endowment), a post office, a fire station, a city hall, a small park, and some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet.
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