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Located in central Hughes County approximately eight miles east of Holdenville (the county seat), Horntown has been the center of a dispersed rural community that coalesced in the 1920s in Jacobs Township. The early inhabitants, including T. C. Horn and Charley Hawthorne, operated retail stores, garages, and gasoline stations and a restaurant at the crossroads of two section-line roads that are now U.S. Highways 75 and 270. A few houses sheltered the local population. Children attended school at nearby Moss. When Horntown incorporated on August 2, 1995, it comprised 4.021 square miles. Also in that year, the population of the immediate area served by Horntown's businesses included approximately 200 residents. Subsequently, the U.S. Census of 2000 counted 61 residents inside the town limits. The census of 2010 recorded an official population increase to 97. At that time, a convenience store–restaurant, a gasoline station, and a tire store operated. The Horntown fire department, law enforcement, and emergency services maintained a small complex of buildings, and the Banner Baptist Church served residents.

Dianna Everett


Holdenville Daily News (Holdenville, Oklahoma), 4 July 1995.

"Horntown," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Profiles of America, Vol. 2 (2d ed.; Millerton, N.Y.: Grey House Publishing, 2003).

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