Newkirk, OK is home to 2,324 (2019) residents, and is a small community with several casinos and quick access to surrounding cities like Ponca City and Arkansas City that offer many attractions including the Cherokee Land Rush Museum and E.W. Marland Mansion Estate.
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Local students attend school in the Newkirk Public School District where total enrollment is about 785 students. Students can participate in a variety of activities including golf, soccer and football.
Highway US-77 runs through Newkirk. Arkansas City is 15 away and Ponca City is under 25 minutes from Newkirk.
Newkirk was platted by the U.S. Government as the county seat of "K" County as one of the seven counties in the Cherokee Outlet which was opened to homesteaders by a land run on September 16, 1893. The townsite was first named Lamoreaux after Silas W. Lamoreaux who was Commissioner of the General Land Office at the time. Unhappy with the name, one of the first acts by the citizens was to choose a different name.
Newkirk's entire business district was placed on the National Register in 1984 as a historic district. This community has one of the most intact streetscapes in Oklahoma. Many of the lovely, turn-of-the-century buildings are constructed of native limestone which was quarried a few miles east of Newkirk.
The predominant architecture of these buildings is known as Plains Romanesque. The later buildings constructed in the 1920s and 1930s are of brick with the architecture being Plains Commercial. As a result of Newkirk's beautiful buildings, the community qualified in 1992 to become one of the first small towns in the Main Street program under the direction of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
Newkirk is home to 13 different churches including the Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church. The town offers Stagecoach BBQ for great family meals. Newkirk is home to three casinos, the First Council Casino, Southwind Casino and Native Lights Casino.
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