The Town of Boynton, now a
thriving little city of 1400 inhabitants, is located in the western part
of Muskogee County on the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, half way
between Muskogee and Okmulgee. Twenty years ago it was but a part of a
broad prairie pasture, but as soon as the proposed railroad was
surveyed, in 1902, the town site promoters quickly selected its site as a
suitable location for a promising town. Actual building began in the
spring of 1903. Messrs. H. L. Wineland, W. S. Whaley, Junia Williams, W.
E. Claire and Dr. J. A. Settle, being among the first settlers. Mr.
Wineland taught the first school, Mr. Williams established the first
drug store and Mr. Whaley was the first postmaster. Two years later Mr.
Wineland assisted in organizing the first bank, called The Bank of
Boynton and became its president. Some Muskogee bankers were quick to
see that Boynton would soon become a good trading center, and in 1903
Messrs. A. W. Patterson and A. C. Trumbo went out and organized the
First National Bank of Boynton. Both of these banks have flourished and
have been important factors in building up the town and in developing
the surrounding farming interests. One of Boynton's most important
industries is the Francis Vitrified Brick Co. This company has succeeded
in manufacturing hard brick of an excellent quality and they have found
a ready market for all of their product. Several years ago, oil was
discovered in the vicinity of Boynton, numerous productive wells have
been drilled and an oil refinery was built, having a capacity of 10,000
barrels per day.
The thriving little town of Braggs is located in the southeastern part of Muskogee County, ten miles south of Fort Gibson, near the Arkansas River and on the St. Louis & Iron Mountain railroad. It has a population of 500 and is the trading point of a good many thrifty farmers. It has a good public school, a National bank, a State bank, several general stores, two cotton gins, numerous little shops and a good system of water works.
Webbers Falls, a town of 500
people, situated on the right bank of the Arkansas River, twenty-five
miles southeast of Muskogee, is one of the oldest settlements in
Muskogee County. It is claimed that a century ago, when the Indians
began to settle here, there were actual falls, several feet in height in
the river at this point, but a century's constant flow of water has
gradually worn the rock away, until now there ii only a faint ripple to
mark the spot where the falls once existed.
Porum is a town of 600 people,
located on the prairie, thirty miles south of Muskogee. The townsite was
platted by Walter R. Eaton in 1903, upon the arrival of the Midland
Valley Railroad. The firm of Cole & Matthews were the first to erect a
substantial store building and fill it with a stock of general
merchandise. T. H. Williams and Joseph Francis were also pioneer
merchants, as were also H. G. and Frank Finklea. As the town began to
grow some of its citizens organized the Bank of Commerce. A few years
later a National Bank was established. These two banks were finally
combined into one strong financial institution which was named The
American State Bank.
Other Muskogee County Towns
the M. K. & T. railroad, fifteen miles south of Muskogee, is a
flourishing little prairie town of 350 inhabitants. It is in the midst
of a good farming community, maintains a good public school, churches, a
bank, several general stores and is located on the Jefferson
The Town of Taft, ten miles northwest of Muskogee, was platted upon a large scale, upon the arrival of the Midland Valley Railroad. It now has a population of 600, all Negroes, has a good graded school, three churches, two cotton gins and several stores. Its largest institution is the school for blind, deaf and dumb Negro children, established and maintained by the state.