"My Home Town" Frederick by rexvaughan

Frederick Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 31 photos

How we got our name

This is the town where I was born and raised. It is not on anyone's 'must see' list but has an interesting history. The story goes that when the railroad decided to combine the towns of Hazel and Gosnell for a station, the major stockholder in the rail company told the new town he would give them a flagpole if they named the town after his son Frederick. This was done but the flagpole was not forthcoming and the gentleman died in 1908. His son never visited Frederick but led a colorful life including several stints in sanitariums, a brief racing career in a Stutz-bearcat at Indianapolis, some period of time in the British army in WWI where he was wounded, had his wife arrested and tried for bigamy and finally died at age 45 of a cerebral embolism. The original rail company had been sold to the Frisco Railroad, and 60 years after the original promise they did indeed give the city a flagpole which now stands in Pioneer Park, the local museum grounds.

Miss Oklahoma

Frederick's economy is based pretty much on agriculture but there is a good bit of civic pride and when one of their own makes the news, it is a big deal. Here you see that one of the local girls is Miss Oklahoma. Never mind the fact that she is really from Grandfield, a smaller town in the same county.

The earth is flat

You may have heard the term 'Great Plains' but you may not know how flat and treeless much of this part of the country is. Here is a prime example of it - a photo taken a few miles west of Frederick. The land can appear barren but is part of what used to be called 'The Breadbasket of the US' as wheat is one of the primary crops of the area. It is fairly productive even though it looks like the world headquarters for the Flat Earth Society. A Georgia friend of mine used to say that there were so few trees in Oklahoma that the dogs had to line up and take a number.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Everyone knows you and what is going on
  • Cons:Everyone knows you and what is going on
  • In a nutshell:Flat but with its own kind of beauty and wonderful past
  • Last visit to Frederick: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 26, 2009
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    great stuff - fascinating - great pics and stories

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Some amazing stories about your birth town! Very entertaining page. In Europe it is quite common to have brick roads. The maintenance depends on the amount of traffic passing. If the foundation is under a lot of shocks and pressure from heavy trucks.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 7:29 AM

    Rex, this is marvelous reading. Funny how we view our childhood towns differently as we grow up. Fascinating information. My hometown of Robinson, IL. also has a Carnegie Library (looks similar)

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2006 at 5:26 AM

    I have my theories about road construction, why make them last if you can do road construction every 5 years??? We have a Carnegie Library in nearby Whiting :-)

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