For a number of years I make an annual pilgrimage to Edmond OK. I’ve never had a desire to remain in the city. In fact, if OK was a place I’d choose to live, I’d probably pick Guymon. As far out as that place is.
This time, this past weekend, I was hosted by distant relatives – the mother’s side of the extended family, don’t you know. My mother’s brother (dead) was left with that side the families farm many years ago. The brother was younger than mother, and the passing of the farm to him was a bone of contention between mother and daughter for the remainder of their respective lives.
Mother was consumed with some avarice which was enhanced when her brother sold the one square mile (a section of land). The square, as the locals call them, was located South of Edmond. (Some thought and a map will indicate the source of Mothers hatred)
The excerpt below is from Wiki:
The Santa Fe rail line in Oklahoma Territory, established a water and coaling station for steam engines at this location when the Santa Fe Railroad built into Indian Territory in 1887. The site for the station was chosen because it was the highest point on the line in Oklahoma County; train could more easily accelerate going downhill while leaving the station in either direction. The railroad then named the station for Edmond Burdick, the Santa Fe’s traveling freight agent; when the town was formed after the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, early settlers decided to adopt the name. Though most of the remnants of the old railroad infrastructure are gone, the Santa Fe, now BNSF, freight line still runs through the same course.
The town of Edmond sprang up overnight during the great Oklahoma land run on April 22, 1889, when homesteads were staked around the Santa Fe station. The original plat for Edmond was prepared by the Seminole Town and Development Company, a newly formed syndicate with ties to the railroad. Many of the original streets were named for men associated with either the Santa Fe Railroad or the town syndicate. The first mayor and city officers were elected in May 1889, and Edmond’s population was 394 in the 1890 census.
It was an interesting trip. I’m only beginning to understand why that side the family was denied introduction as a child.
From the reaches,