resources formerly found on Ceil's Corner
visitors since August 15, 1999 - thanks for stopping by!
This site has been extensively remodeled. We hope you find
the new interface easier to use, but have left the old gateways in place for
the convenience of those of you who already know your way around.
||Clickable links to on-site
resources for all counties: 1915 Railroad Maps (original and
color-coded); 1972 Maps; Department of Transportation Maps
(downloadable, reduced view, and township details); Cemetery
Locations; and Populated Places.
||If you are researching a specific county, these links
are the fastest and easiest way to find everything on this site for
||If you have a place name but don't know
which county it's in, the Site Search will help you find all counties
with a place of that name (town, township, post office, etc.).
||If you have the Section-Township-Range
numbers or a parcel you can find not only which county it's in but the
precise location within that county.
(The Old Gateways)
Before we had a search engine, Cross-Reference
Lists often held the key to shortening a quest for an appropriate map. These lists include many
long-gone places, and have been left online for use by the new search
engine. Maps were originally organized by set, and those
gateways have also been left online for the convenience of returning
|All Post Offices known to us from the
days before the Twin Territories were organized to the present.
This list includes dates of operation, the office to which service was
discontinued (if known) and the Zip Code for those still active.
In territorial times and during the early years that followed Statehood, Post Offices were ephemeral. When
one was discontinued, its name would often be used for another office elsewhere in the
state -- so this list helps you
identify the duplicates, not just the ones that survived until today, and learn
when each was active.
|Transcribed from the 1915 map with stations listed for each railway line,
including many that were never large enough to have a post office. If the
place you seek isn't on the lists of Towns and Post Offices, you may find
it listed here as a railway stop. You can also search this list to find
out which lines served a certain city. Still
Under Construction, but most
of the western half of the state has been done.
|Every populated place I could pinpoint from any
source. Not just cities and towns, but also some unincorporated communities.
(Some unincorporated communities that don't appear on maps have
escaped detection, however, so we appreciate hearing about any you
know of that aren't on this list.) You'll find not just the County, but also the Township and Range numbers and often the exact Section where a place was
(or still is) located. In the case of duplicate names, consult the list of
Post Offices for their timetable.
If you know only the name of the
Township -- not its number or the County it's in -- this will help you identify all of the Counties with Townships by that name. If the name is unique, your search will be ended. Township Names are often used more than once - but at least this will help you narrow your search to only a few of the 77 counties.
This list was valuable before the search engine was added, has been
left online for those who still might want to consult it.
even the original lettered counties of Oklahoma Territory and both Counties and
Districts of the Five Nations, with clues as to corresponding present-day
Links to 1895 Maps
| For some time, the now-famous 1895 Atlas and Gazetteer
[link temporarily broken for remodeling] has been the only on-line source of information about many communities that existed briefly during territorial days. If you're already familiar with Pam's project, use the above link.
If you don't know your way around her site but do know the present-day county,
the one to the left will lead you to the right map.
1915 Railroad Maps
|From a 1915 Atlas. In addition to "Cities, Towns & Villages", this set shows railroads, rivers, creeks,
and even a few trolley and electric lines. These maps include many communities that disappeared decades ago. The
set covers the entire state and has been presented as one map per
county. In addition, the state has been divided into
three sections: Western, Central,
and Eastern Oklahoma.
These provide an overview and clickable links to individual counties, but the
print is very fine. The individual county maps not only load faster but are much
easier to read. We have also added some regional versions under Railroad
1972 USGS Maps
One page per county, taken from a US Geological Survey Map. Shows "Population Centers", including many communities too small to have Post Offices, roads, railroads and airports. Township and Range Grids are also shown.
These cover the entire state, with one map per county, and most are now
clickable versions that lead to the corresponding Township Maps. The County
Quick Links (as described above) lead to the latest version for each county,
so it is no longer necessary to use the old gateway.
recent maps of individual numbered Townships, each typically covering 36 sections. At this scale, each square mile is represented by about one square inch. In addition to still-populated places, these show cemeteries, named roads, rivers & creeks
-- even which Section Lines are open & which are closed. One set per
county, one map per numbered township within that county.
|Cemeteries in Oklahoma
||This leads to a set of
lists organized by county. Each list gives at least the name and location
of each cemetery in the GNIS database. For some counties, additional cemeteries
have also been identified. The locations of many of these cemeteries are shown on detailed
||If you are new to searching for places in
Oklahoma or just haven't been able to find what you expected, this
section includes more detailed descriptions of some of the
available resources and tips about where to look first, depending on what clues
Linking the West.
Before the Railroads, there were wagon roads and trails that could be
traveled only on foot or horseback. Nevertheless, they enabled trade &
communication by linking far-flung places. This page is a collection of links to
historical accounts and maps I've found online, includes some of the major
trails but focuses on those in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.
Census EDs. In 1900, the Twin Territories were enumerated
separately. The census of Indian Territory covered the Five Nations
and the Quapaw Tract. The census of Oklahoma Territory covered 23
counties, few of which had the same boundaries as their modern
counterparts. This site provides present day maps with hand-drawn
boundaries and labels for the 1900 EDs of many counties but is still
GNIS All of these references have been developed to help you find places for which GNIS doesn't provide precise locations,
or doesn't define them in the reference system you need. We've made it as comprehensive as possible, to help you distinguish historical places from modern ones that bear the same names but are actually in different locations. If the place you seek is in the GNIS database, its interactive mapping system lets you zoom in and out to study the surrounding area. It provides an excellent overview, but please bear in mind that its database uses Latitude and Longitude and does not always show the precise location in the Section-Township-Range system. If you are seeking detailed information (such as the exact roads leading to an obscure cemetery), you'll probably
find the maps posted here more useful.