Located in Lincoln County, Meeker is situated at the intersection of State Highway 18 and U.S. Highway 62, approximately fourteen miles south of Chandler, the county seat. A nearby town, Clifton, had come into existence with the opening of Sac and Fox and Iowa lands for settlement on September 22, 1891. However, when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch from Shawnee to Arkansas City, it bypassed Clifton and ran through the site of present Meeker, about two miles distant. Eventually, Clifton residents moved to Meeker. In 1902-03 Walter and Rebecca Fowler and Julian L. and Lettitita Meeker deeded land to M. G. McKee, who had the town platted. The official plat was filed March 14, 1903. The residents selected the name of Meeker on May 29, 1903, because a town named Fowler already existed on the rail line. At 1907 statehood the population stood at 320 and rose to 562 by 1930.
During the 1930s Works Progress Administration funding built the Fairview School (National Register of Historical Places, NR 97001149), Spring Dell School (NR 96000376), and Warwick School (NR 96000377). Meeker's primary economic base has always been agriculture. However, farming declined as large industrial plants were built nearby, better highways were constructed, and more people moved into town. Population peaked at 1,032 in 1980. Newspapers serving the citizens have included the Herald and the News. At the turn of the twenty-first century Meeker, with 978 residents, served as a "bedroom" community for individuals employed in Shawnee and Oklahoma City. Meeker has been home to baseball players Carl Hubbell, Jay Hubbell, John Hubbell, Ray Honeycutt, William T. Winford, and Jim Winford. The Meeker Town Hall (NR 96000374) housed the Carl Hubbell Museum.
SEE ALSO: SETTLEMENT PATTERNS.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lincoln County, Oklahoma History (Chandler, Okla.: Lincoln County Historical Society, 1988). "Meeker," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City.
Frankie Fair Burchette
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