Our History

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In the late 1880’s, the Daggs family became the first family to settle what is now known as Ada. The community was originally called Daggs Prairie. Later, a relative by the name of Jeff Reed was appointed to carry the mail from Stonewall to Center, two small communities in Indian Territory. In 1891, a post office was established here and the town was renamed after Reed’s oldest daughter, Ada. Our community is also well known for the infamous 1909 vigilante hanging of four men accused of murdering a local rancher. That event was documented on its 100th anniversary in the Emmy Award winning film “Death of the Old West”. Four books have been written on Ada’s rich history, including: The Early History of Ada, by J. Hugh Biles; Cabin in the Blackjacks, by Roy S. McKeown; Four Men Hanging, by Welborn Hope; and Ada, Oklahoma: Queen City of the Chickasaw Nation, by Marvin E. Kroeker and Guy W. Logsdon. You can take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Ada using this map and this informational text. Here is an early townsite map.

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