Area Information


In 1836 the first Seminoles and Creek Indians settled in present-day Hughes County. Hughes County was founded in 1895 and originally called Fentress. The town site was named for J.F. Holden, general manager of the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad.

Hughes County, created in 1907 from Creek and Choctaw lands, was named for William C. Hughes, a member of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention.

Holdenville was founded in 1898 when 2 major railroads advanced westward into Indian Territory and intersected.

The Choctaw Coal and Railway Company (later Rock Island) and Frisco line facilitated migration. With the discovery of oil and gas in 1920s, a wealthy class emerged.

Holdenville Oklahoma and Hughes County are steeped in history, amenities and recreation.

Attractions include the Hughes County Historical Society, Holdenville Historical Museum and the State Fish Hatchery. Annual events of interest include the IPRA Rodeo in Holdenville, Sucker Days, Hog Wild Day and Hughes County Free Fair.

Holdenville's award winning public schools are recognized as among the best in the state. There is also a vocational/technical school, a 2-year state junior college, East Central State University, Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory's College.


Holdenville's health care needs are served by a 49-bed hospital, 2 medical clinics, 2 nursing homes and more.

The major waterways in Hughes County are the North Canadian, Little and Canadian rivers. Holdenville Lake and Wetumka Lake provide many water recreation opportunities.

You can enjoy sport fishing, related water sports and well maintained campsites. Thousands of visitors are drawn to Holdenville Lake from a wide area. City parks, tennis courts and golf courses have been developed. Some 26 holes of golf are located within twenty miles.

Holdenville and Hughes County are steeped in history, amenities and recreation. We offer a great place to live, work and play. Come on by our United Country office soon and let us tell you more.

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