Quality of Living
Kingfisher County is located in central Oklahoma, just northwest of Oklahoma County and just 35 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. The county encompasses 906 sq. miles and is characterized by low rolling hills and farmland.
Bordered by Major and Garfield counties on the north, Logan on the east, Canadian on the south, and Blaine on the west, Kingfisher County is crossed by U.S. Highway 81 north-south and by State Highways 33/3 and 51 east-west. The Cimarron River slices diagonally through the county.
Kingfisher County is one of the state's fastest growing counties with a population of 14,300.The vibrant community of Kingfisher serves as the county seat. Other major cities include Cashion, Dover, Hennessey, Loyal and Okarche.
Throughout its existence Kingfisher County's economy has been anchored in agricultural and energy production. Today, Kingfisher County offers a diverse mix of industry, including agribusiness, energy production, manufacturing and retail trade/tourism.
Created as a county in Oklahoma Territory in the Organic Act of May 2, 1890, the area originally consisted of sixteen full townships and two partial townships.
It is famous for its location along the historic Chisholm Trail – a trail used in the 1800's to drive millions of cattle overland from ranches in Texas across Oklahoma to Kansas railheads.
Some new residents were natives of Europe. Germans and Germans from Russia who had earlier emigrated to the Midwest and to Kansas came to Kingfisher County to settle in the early 1890s. That heritage remains today.
One German resident, Joseph Danne, developed a wheat variety called Early Triumph, which by 1954 produced more than half of America's wheat crop. The county is home to such notables as Sam Walton and W.C. Coleman, the inventor of the Coleman lantern. It was apparently named for King David Fisher, a settler who operated a trading station on the Chisholm Trail.