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From: Gene Phillips <>
Subject: Re: [OKJefferson] Re: Jefferson County historians needed
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 17:48:52 -0500
You can probably bet that there was a saloon, just west of the line. I grew up in Rush Springs. The local bar was the Blue Goose Saloon. It was just over the line. They had even a neater one on the South Canadian River. By day, a barge was tied up at Lexington in OK Territory. There was a sallon built on the barge. When it would get on to evening time, the barge would go across the river and pick up customers on the IT side. Then it would go back to the OT side where they could legally sell liquor. At the end of then night the inebriated customers were taken back home.
At 10:46 PM 5/21/2005, Sheridan wrote:
>--- Gene Phillips <> wrote:
>> That's right. I forgot about that. The dividing line between Oklahoma Territory and Indian
>> Territory was the 98th Meridian. It passes through the west side of Waurika. As a matter of
>> fact the name of the street if falls on in Waurika is named Meridian Street. If you didn't know,
>> now you know why it is named that.
>Thanks, Gene, for that bit of trivia for readers who aren't familiar with Waurika. I grew up in
>Waurika, so I was aware of where Meridian Street got it's name and that it was the dividing line
>between OT and IT.
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