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OKLAUNION, TEXAS

Wilbarger County, Texas Panhandle
US 287, 183, and 70
9 miles E of Vernon
14 miles NW of Electra
42 miles W of Wichita Falls
Population Est. 138 (2000)

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Oklaunion Texas
A scene near Oklaunion

Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Mayflower, the town underwent a name change in 1883.

The town had hoped to be a major railroad crossroads, but the railroads involved chose Vernon instead. The hammered-together name Oklaunion was meant to signify a “union with Oklahoma”.
Oklaunion  Texas water tower

Oklaunion water tower

Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2006

The high population of 400 in 1928 encouraged the town to incorporate – an act they dissolved in the 1970s. The population was 223 during WWII and the town has been in a slow decline ever since. A picturesque view of a typical Texas town can be viewed from the overpass of Hwy 287 – over Hwy 183.

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