Boley, Oklahoma






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A Taste of Boley, Oklahoma

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT BOLEY?
  1. Boley is a town in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,126 at the 2000 census. It was founded in 1903.

  2. The Boley Public School District is one of the smallest public school districts in the state of Oklahoma. For the most recent data available, it tied with Sweetwater for the smallest high school with 15 students. For a combined district, K-12, Boley finished first, just ahead of Clarita (58) and Sweetwater (60), with 51 students. Boley is also home to BBQ equipment maker, Smokaroma, Inc, and the John Lilley Correctional Center. The Boley Historic District is a National Historic Landmark. Currently Boley hosts The Annual Boley Rodeo & Bar-B-Que Festival

  3. This area was settled by Creek Freedmen, whose ancestors had been held as slaves of the Creek at the time of Indian Removal in the 1830s. After the American Civil War, the United States negotiated new treaties with tribes that allied with the Confederacy. It required them to emancipate their slaves and give them membership in the tribes. Those formerly slaves were called the Creek Freedmen. At the time of allotments to individual households under the Dawes Commission, Creek Freedmen were registered as such on the Dawes Rolls (even if they were of mixed-race and also descended directly from Creek ancestors.) Creek Freedmen set up independent townships, of which Boley was one.

  4. The coming of the Fort Smith & Western Railroad allowed agricultural land to be more profitably used as a townsite. Property owned by the Barnett family, among other Creek Freedmen, was midway between Paden and Castle, and ideal for a station stop. With the approval of the railroad management, Boley, Creek Nation, Indian Territory was created. As there were no other African-American towns nearby, it became a center of regional business. During the early part of the 20th century, Boley was one of the wealthiest Negro towns in the US. It boasted the first nationally chartered bank owned by blacks, and its own electric company. Booker T. Washington visited Boley in 1905, and was so impressed that he included Boley in his speeches.

  5. Boley's development paralleled that of the railroad. After World War I, a fall in agricultural prices and the bankruptcy of the railroad caused Boley's failure. It went bankrupt in 1939 during the Great Depression. With the Second Great Migration underway, by 1960 most of the population had left for other urban areas. So far the New Great Migration has not benefited Boley.

  6. Boley, Oklahoma Est. August 1903 - Inc. May 1905 Boley, Creek Nation, I.T., Established as all black town on land of Creek Indian Freedwoman Abigail Barnett. Organized by T.M. Hayes first townsite manager. Named for J.B. Boley, white roadmaster, who convinced Fort Smith & Western Railroad that blacks could govern themselves. This concept soon boosted population to 4,200. Declared National Historic Landmark District by Congress 5-15-1975. Oklahoma Historical Society.

  7. The median income for a household in the town was $16,042, and the median income for a family was $27,500.

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Demographics of Boley, Oklahoma

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

35.61%

54.71%

4.97%

0.09%

3.11%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Famous Blacks from Boley, Oklahoma

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Businesses in Boley, Oklahoma


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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. McCormick's Grill or Pookie’s (called by locals) -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  daily specials such as collard greens, pork chops, and yams. The humongous Pookie Burger and fresh catfish are 2 of the local favorites.  - Pecan & Highway 62 Boley, OK 74829 (918) 667-9794

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


76-Second Travel Show: "Boley, Oklahoma"

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CHURCHES



  1. Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church -  123 N Pecan Street Boley, OK 74829 (918) 667-3455

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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. The Annual Boley Rodeo & Bar-B-Que Festival -   (May)    - (visit website)

    Family Fun Filled weekend of Rodeo at the “Boley Rodeo and BBQ Festival”. Presented by The Boley Chamber of Commerce, Circle A. Rodeo Co. and Kuntry Etiquette Entertainment. BBQ Cook off Sponsored by Smokaroma.

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