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Scenes from the streets of Yukon

John C. McCornack
Yukon, Oklahoma



An Impressive Town

Yukon is a wonderful town
Why, I was there not long ago
It started small like all towns do
But continued to flourish and grow

It’s west of Oklahoma City
And in the middle is Route 66
It began as a Czech farming community
Growing larger and more complex

It has everything within the town
That anyone would want or need
I think it’s always exciting how
A town grows just like a fertile seed

The heritage of Yukon
Means a lot to the population
They celebrate with much excitement
Why, that’s nearly a stipulation

Celebrities are grown in Yukon
Along with grain and flour as well
It’s a very impressive town
And perfect for a family to dwell

So if you haven’t been to Yukon
Put it at the top of your travel list
A great town with friendly people
Not a place that should be dismissed!

Marilyn Lott © 2007- 49


Yukon, Oklahoma

It was supposed to have been the next Oklahoma boomtown. A railroad was on the way and folks had named the place Frisco. But instead of the Frisco, it was the Choctaw-Oklahoma-and-Gulf, later known as the Rock Island, that laid tracks between El Reno and Oklahoma City. And the tracks didn't even go through Frisco, they missed it by about three miles to the south.

Since the trains weren't going to be stopping in Frisco, nobody would be either. With no new people coming in the town would soon die so folks already living there decided to pack up homes. They literally jacked up their houses, their barns and their stores and moved down here to where the railroad was, a new town they decided to call Yukon after a river in a new territory called Alaska. A place they'd heard was full of gold. What better place to name their town after they thought than a place where fortunes were being made because that's the same dream all of those people had here.

Randy Renner


More Yukon History

Yukon, Oklahoma, Is a thriving community directly west of Oklahoma City. With Interstate 40 on our south border, and old Route 66 cutting right through the middle, Yukon is the heart of the Main Street Of America. Yukon has grown from a Czech farming community to a thriving suburban city. It boast an interesting and varied heritage, and is also home to two favorite sons-Country music star Garth Brooks and Cowboy actor Dale Robertson.

Founded on a site overlooking the North Canadian River bottomlands, Yukon had its beginning with the filing of property deeds by founder A.N. Spencer in January, 1891. The post office opened on March 28th, and the railroad arrived at the end of April. the population was 81. The little farming community grew up around the Yukon Flour Mill, A Route 66 landmark that still stands. Following building booms in the 1960's and the 1990's, the Yukon area has grown to a population over 40,000, making it the largest city in Canadian County, and a direct neighbor of Oklahoma City.

Yukon Chamber of Commerce


Heritage remembered

Train Station


I'll tell you a tale of a time long ago
When I was a lad and the streets I could roam
Walked a long the railroad tracks as day was gone
Here are some things that I know...

The town was called Yukon, a great town to know
The people were friendly, with hearts made of gold
Now when I remember, my heart glows with pride
Of days long ago...long ago.

We had a town depot oh, how I recall
The times folks were waiting the trains to come in
Marines, soldiers, sailors, were lovers or friends
The town didn't care, they were still welcomed in

The gals that would gather to wait by the door
Wore can-cans and ribbons and laces galore
They'd giggle and wait patiently for their beaus
To return from a war ...from a war..

The whistle would blow and the train it would stop
The door then would open and the crew would step down
Then soldiers and sailors would all come to town
We all would salute them and smile as they passed..
This was the Yukon of long, long ago.



Trail remembered


City Seal

Yukon’s Top 10

1) Czech Capital of Oklahoma

2) Historical Chisholm Trail area

3) Route 66 town

4) Large grain elevators

5) Historical home of  "Yukon's Best" flour

6) Tornado alley, wide open spaces, south wind 

7) Garth Brooks hometown

8) Express Ranches with Clydesdales horses

9) Chisholm Trail Shopping Center & Spanish Cove

10) John McCornack’s Web Pages

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Grain Elevator

Grain elevator ~ flour mill


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Country folks’ are interesting to meet
It must be the air fresh and pure

Trains bring many people from cities
The clean life-style is quite an allure.

M. I. Lusby


What is a Pimento?

Great question - that sweet red blotch inside a tart green olive has always been a puzzler.

To answer part one of your question, we headed straight for our Home Cooking category, where one of the links gave us the following definition:

Pimiento: a large, red, heart-shaped sweet pepper that measures 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. The flesh of the pimiento (the Spanish word for "pepper") is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper... Pimientos are the familiar red stuffing found in green olives.

Armed with a new appreciation for sweet peppers, tried to find the answer to the second part of your question. We couldn't find a specific reason as to where or why the practice of stuffing olives with pimentos started, but we did find some interesting facts about olives that may hint at a reason.

First, Spain leads the world in olive production, followed by Italy and Portugal. Since "pimento" is a Spanish word, we're guessing maybe they started the pimento practice. That answers the where, now for the why.

All freshly picked olives, no matter how ripe, have a vile, intensely bitter taste. In order to make them palatable, they must be pickled. Since pimentos are sweet and indigenous to the Mediterranean, it's easy to imagine an innovative farmer or chef way back when thinking they would make the perfect neutralizer to the olive's natural acidity. After all, aren't the best dishes created with ingredients most readily available?


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Memories of the good times
My Grandpa in his wheat field
I was driving truck No. 2

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John McCornack

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