When KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, the ABC affiliate, chose five Oklahoma towns to visit – to select as examples of the very best in small-town America, one they chose was Kingfisher OK. Kingfisher is regarded as one of Oklahoma’s hot-spots when it comes to superb quality of life and a place to start a new business.
Its proximity to Oklahoma City – close but not too close, in other words, not a suburb – makes Kingfisher a town many want to visit and settle in, too. Some of Oklahoma’s best historical attractions can be found in Kingfisher! Some of Oklahoma’s most interesting historical figures called Kingfisher home.[idx-platinum-widget id=”23371-23080″ ]
Located just South of downtown are two such sites – the Chisholm Trail Museum and the Governor Seay Mansion.
Chisholm Trail Museum
Both inside and out of the museum you’ll find exhibits detailing the world-famous Chisholm Trail known for carrying the greatest migration of domestic animals in history.
For some real memories of early-day Kingfisher and the Trail, come to Kingfisher for the Chisholm Trail Museum’s Living History Days (annually in April).
Governor Seay Mansion
Across the street is the three-story mansion named “Horizon Hill,” built by Abraham Jefferson Seay, the second Territorial Governor of Oklahoma (1892-1893), on 15 acres of land just outside of Kingfisher in March of 1892.
The mansion was completed just in time to host the many dignitaries present for the land opening of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation. The opening of the surplus land was one of the most significant events of Governor Seay’s administration; it’s open Tuesday through Saturday 9-5 and Sundays 1-5. The Chisholm Trail Museum is just across the street. For more information on visiting these historical sites call (405) 375-5176.
Kingfisher Christmas Parade and Fireworks Display
Our little town is quickly gaining an excellent reputation for the best nighttime Christmas parade in the State. Our local police department diverts traffic away from our downtown area for the parade and then, immediately following, patrons gather in the streets for the most spectacular fireworks display set to Christmas music that you will ever witness! Trust me, you won’t want to miss it! The Kingfisher Christmas Parade is usually the first or second Saturday in December. For more detailed information call the Chamber of Commerce at (405) 375-4445.
Kingfisher is well-known in Oklahoma and regionally for its incredible Christmas light display, Winter Nights, a dazzling drive -through light display in Kingfisher Park that is free to the public. Ride the enclosed train through twinkling lights, then warm up with hot chocolate or cider at the train depot. Don’t miss out on a stroll across the 1903 historical swinging bridge wrapped in more than a million lights! You’ll want to bring your camera along! Kingfisher Winter Nights opens annually the evening before Thanksgiving and continues through December 30th.
Speaking of Kingfisher Park, it’s the locale for some good small-town golf (18 holes) and a driving range. You can get more information about the Kingfisher, OK golf course by visiting their website.
Well-Known Kingfisher Residents
When you come to Kingfisher to visit – to shop, play, eat, or play golf – just remember who hung out here many years ago. Sam Walton, who started Wal-Mart was born here in 1918. Don Blanding, a popular poet of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s was born here in 1894. W.C. Coleman began the Coleman Lantern Company in downtown Kingfisher in 1900. We even had our share of outlaws. Seven Daltons are buried in the Kingfisher Cemetery, though only one of them, Emmet, was a member of the notorious Dalton Gang. The original Dalton cabin has been relocated to the Chisholm Trail Museum for display and preservation. NFL football player Curtis Lofton was born here in 1986, graduated from high school here, and went on to play for the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.
Kingfisher Trails is a walking path around the community with a historical theme. Historical plazas have been placed on the trail to serve as a rest stop area for walkers, bikers, skaters, and all others that are using the trails.
Kingfisher County Military Service Memorial
A Kingfisher County Military Service Memorial has been constructed inside the Kingfisher Cemetery on Oklahoma Hwy 33 West to honor all the men and women who have lived or who are still living in the area. It is sponsored by the American Legion.
89er Movie Theater
First-run movies are shown daily at our local movie theater. The 89’er Theatre is located downtown and offers big-city entertainment with an old-time cinema atmosphere featuring three big screens, auditorium seating, and digital sound. Ticket and concession prices are nearly half of what you would pay in big cities.
As you can see, there is plenty to do in Kingfisher. Don’t miss out on what ABC-TV calls one of the best towns anywhere.
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, “The Buckle of the Wheat Belt”, consistently produces more than 6.3 million bushels of wheat a year and is one of the largest wheat markets in the Nation. A native of Kingfisher, Joseph Danne (died 1959), made his name as the breeder of TRIUMPH and SUPER TRIUMPH wheat. A large percentage of wheat still grown in Oklahoma is Danne wheat.
Economy and Financial
Like most other small towns the Kingfisher OK real estate market is driven by the economy. Kingfisher OK has a vibrant economy considering we only have a population of about 5,000. The unemployment rate in the City is 2.4%, well below the national average. Job growth recently is positive showing a 2.2% increase. When we compare Kingfisher to the rest of the nation in terms of Cost of Living you’ll find Kingfisher, OK to be 14% less than the national average.
Major Kingfisher OK Employers
- Pioneer Telephone
- City of Kingfisher
- Kingfisher County
- Cimarron Electric Coop
- Mercy Hospital Kingfisher
Four strong banks, BancFirst, F&M Bank, National Bank of Commerce (NBC), and Interbank with a combined 3.776 billion dollars in assets serve the business communities of Kingfisher and its surrounding area.
Population and Housing
Kingfisher is the county seat of Kingfisher County. It is located at the intersection of Oklahoma State Hwy 33 and US 81. The largest of seven other surrounding towns, it has a population of 4,835. Kingfisher has approximately 2,066 dwellings and 67.33% are owner-occupied.
Kingfisher OK Public Schools
Our public school system tends to favorable influence the Kingfisher OK real estate market. Our schools are excellent and many relocate here just for the schools. The Kingfisher Public School System consists of 4 schools.
- Gilmour Elementary
- Heritage 3rd and 4th Grade Center
- Kingfisher Middle School
- Kingfisher High School
To learn more about Kingfisher OK Public Schools visit their website.
Hospitals and Medical Centers in Kingfisher OK
Mercy Hospital Kingfisher is a 25-bed facility that serves all of Kingfisher County. You will find a wide range of medical services including but not limited to the following:
- Primary Care
- Specialties such as orthopedics, podiatry, dermatology, neurology and more…
- Rehabilitation including physical therapy and speech therapy
- Surgery Services
- Diet and Nutrition
- Sleep Lab
Parks and Recreation
Kingfisher has three large parks and even a dedicated skate park. There are plenty of activities to choose from, to include: an indoor pool (open year around), lighted tennis courts, and lighted baseball, softball and soccer fields. A rodeo/riding arena is located at the Kingfisher County Fair Grounds and the Kingfisher Round-Up Club is host to many rodeos, ropings, play days, and barrel racing events.
The city of Kingfisher has invested heavily in parks and recreation. Below is a list of what you will find in Kingfisher to help you stay active and/or enjoy the outdoors.
- Briscoe Sports Complex – Baseball and soccer fields
- Vernie Snow Aquatic Center – an indoor swimming complex
- Kingfisher Golf Course – one of the best 18-hole golf course in the area
- Melba Briscoe Skateboard Park – the only skateboard park in town and possibly the entire County.
- Kingfisher Trails – 3.5 miles of walking trails that follow the natural course of water flow around town.
Kingfisher OK Restaurants
Good ole fashioned hamburgers are easy to find in Kingfisher, OK as well as a good selection for any taste. Here is a partial list of food establishments in town.
- El Charro – Mexican cuisine and home to a really great hamburger
- Sunrise Cafe – breakfast food, excellent omelets.
- City Cafe – breakfast and lunch, great Kitty Chicken and the cakes are to die for
- The Burger Shop- hamburgers and string fries.
- Pizza Hut – Pizza, wings, and breadsticks
- Fast Food – McDonald’s, Sonic Drive-In, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway
- The Stax Grill on Main Street
For those interested in a little music, dancing, and a cold beer then head on down to the Hitchin Post on SH33 just east of town.
The average January temperature is 39 degrees, with July averaging 82 degrees. The area receives an average of 32.95 inches of rain annually and about 5 inches of snow. Flying days average 340 a year.
The county government is administered by three county commissioners, with the county divided into three districts for road maintenance. The County Clerk serves as secretary to the commissioners. Other elected officers are county treasurer, county assessor, court clerk, associate district judge, and county sheriff.
The City of Kingfisher has a commission-manager type government. Only the mayor and four commissioners are elected. The city has a comprehensive planning and zoning board and is a member of the Northern Oklahoma Development Association and the Oklahoma Municipal League. The city has its own electrical distribution system and gets its power wholesale as a member of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
Kingfisher has a bi-weekly newspaper, The Times and Free Press and cable TV access. Major daily newspapers also distributed in Kingfisher are the Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) and the Enid Morning News.
The Union Pacific Railroad operates a North/South line through Kingfisher. Kingfisher sits 26 miles (divided multi-lane highway) North of I-40 and 31 miles West of I-35.
Kingfisher OK Real Estate Market
The Kingfisher OK real estate offers a unique blend in terms of both home styles and price. Several neighborhoods such as Francis Addition and Meeker Addition have homes from the $100’s to over $250K. Interested in newer homes than the Harvey Brown addition might be what you’re looking for. Homes in the $300K and over can be found in our Teal Ridge Addition or Stonebrook.
Stonebrook is one of Kingfisher’s newer developments with lots ranging from 1/2 an acre to 1 acre in size. It has City water, sewer, and utilities as wells as a private stocked lake.
Another subdivision that is under development is Montevino. If you are interested in lots for sale, Montevino has over 20 available lots to choose from.
Median home prices in Kingfisher is $116,300 with an average household size of 2.54 and a median age of residents 38.5 years old.
Below is a graph pf the Kingfisher, OK Real Estate Statistics (Year Ending 2016) This graph shows the number of homes sold in 2016. The table below is a summary. If you would like detailed information please call or email me.
About Ray Roman, Broker-Owner
Ray Roman is the Broker-Owner of Roman Realty an independent real estate brokerage serving Kingfisher, OK and surrounding communities. Ray is also the main contributor to “The Real Conversation” email newsletter, as well as the founder of “Together We Can Make a Difference” a charitable organization.