About Locust Grove

NOTE: The following information is from the Introduction to the Centennial Celebration book published in 2012. Most of the book was written by Kay McFarland and Betty Perkins. It can be purchased at the Locust Grove Library.

The Wonder City’s Founding

The town of Locust Grove has a unique and storied history. Locust Grove did not evolve over time, like most towns and cities. The first written referral to Locust Grove is in Colonel William Weer’s after-battle report of the Battle of Locust Grove on July 3, 1862. A topography map of 1896 reveals a Locust Grove in the present-day Lake Hudson pumpback area.

No record of a store or post office exists at this location; however, there was a ferry and a blacksmith shop. Joel Bryant purchased land south of this location, and in 1908, he moved a store from Boatman to this property. The Locust Grove Post Office was in this establishment.

The store was sold to Louie W. Ross in 1910; he moved it farther south to a location one mile north of the current town. O.W. Killam purchased Elzina Ross’s Indian allotment in March of 1912. He plotted the present-day town, and at 10:00 a.m. on May 12, 1912, Killam began auctioning the lots; by 4:00 p.m. that day, all the lots had been sold. The new town of Locust Grove was soon nicknamed “Wonder City of the Grand River Valley.”

Battle of Locust Grove

This Civil War battle took place near the town’s present-day Pipe Springs Park. A marker in the park reads:

“Federal troops suddenly attacked a confederate camp along the ridge near here at dawn, July 2, 1862. The surprised confederates hardly returned fire before their officers and heavy supplies were captured. Yet, hot fighting in the woods lasted nearly all day.”


The town’s population as of the 2010 census was 1,423, a 4.2 percent increase from 1,366 at the 2000 census. The racial makeup of the town is 57.32% white, 32.50% Native American, 2.42% Latino, 0.22% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 9.15% from two or more races.





16 thoughts on “About Locust Grove

    • James, The books are $30, but they are currently sold out. A sequel to the books is also in the works. Please check back! They are being sold at the Locust Grove Library.

  1. Hello, I am trying all avenues to find any information I can about the operation of the Oklahoma Ordnance Works during WW II.
    Do you have any idea where I can find anything?
    My Grandfather worked there in 1946

  2. I have a picture of a building on hwy 412 west of locust grive I think do you have an email address I can send it to and can you tell me what it used to be?

  3. I would also like to find out more history and pics of our town. Know were I can find them ? I also may have some artifacts that I would like to donate. Thanks

    • Joni, Thank you for your interest. The Centennial book is a great start–they are on sale at the town library. Have you seen the History House across the street from the VFW? It has photos all around it. Please consider donating your artifacts to the town, the Chamber of Commerce or, especially if they are arts-related, to the Locust Grove Arts Alliance.

  4. Can someone tell us where we can get a picture of all the beautiful Christmas trees lit up when coming into Locust Grove? It was awesome to see, but we couldn’t pull off and get a picture. Thanks

    • From Hugh: They asked about the bank robbery of “1912”. That’s the date, of course, that Locust Grove was founded. The First State Bank in Locust Grove was chartered in 1913, so it’s likely they are referring to a robbery of this bank in 1921 on April 25. This robbery is documented in the Tulsa newspaper on the next day. Also, it is noted in the Muskogee newspaper dated May 10, 1921 that describes the robber’s sentence.

      Our Centennial History book also describes a bank robbery (same bank) that occurred in 1924. There is full page of information on page 85 of the book.

      I do not have any other details.

  5. Do you have any information about a boarding house/school(circa 1880-1890) run by Francis Marion Langley and his wife Neicia Ada O’Kelly Langley? They are my great-grandparents.

    • I don’t know about this place. But I will ask on Facebook, if you want to follow Locust Grove Chamber on there to see the responses, that would be good! Thanks.

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