Alex, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Oklahoma

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This is the story of a small place and its people. It is the true tale of pioneer dreams etched in prairie dust, raging wind and untamed water...of cowboy sweat and Indian blood...of wheat, cotton, rich alfalfa and sweet watermelons, gushing black gold, fat cattle and sod-deep Sooner roots. This story mirrors the tumultuous birth of Oklahoma, "Home of the Red People," America's 46th state. This is the history of Alex, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Oklahoma...

From the WV Alexander memorial monument, dedicated in Alex on July 4, 2007...

"Alex, Oklahoma, was named in honor of W.V. “Uncle Red” Alexander, who came to the Alex area in 1878 after serving in the Civil War as Captain of the Second Cherokee Regiment under Confederate General Stand Watie. Through his marriage to a Chickasaw tribal member, Alexander controlled a large tract of Indian Territory’s Washita Valley, where Alex would be born. Alexander’s original home was located a half-mile west of Alex, on Soldier Creek. In 1885, the first Alex post office was established in Alexander’s trading post near his home. The town was officially incorporated in 1910. Alexander died in his home on January 23, 1920.

In this 100th year of Oklahoma statehood, this marker stands as a permanent memorial to every pioneer, cowboy or Indian, man, woman or child, who braved the wild and empty prairie to raise this small town. This is a tribute to generations of Alex families who raised the cattle, crops and produce, pumped Oklahoma Sweet Crude, nurtured our bodies, hearts and minds with the ideas of hope, health and freedom, built our railroads and bridges, and ensured our commerce and prosperity. They are our history, our present and our future."

This site was last updated in November, 2013. Take a look at what's new...

Additional information about the Alex Hilltop School has been added to the Alex School page along with a photo showing some of the tornado destruction that led to the school being condemned in 1917. Information and a new photo about the first Alex jail has been included on the Early years of statehood page. A new photo of the Ku Klux Klan in Alex was donated by the family of early Alex resident FD Laws. This photo is located at the bottom of the Early years of statehood page. A new photo of the town of Alex was recently discovered at the Grady County Historical Society. This photo can be viewed on the Photo Galleries page.

Take a walk back in time...

Main StreetIn these pages, you will find snapshots of a time long past. The before and after statehood pages of this site describe what life was like in Alex, Oklahoma, during these times. Like other towns, Alex has its institutions - the school, bank, post office and churches - and these are chronicled here as well. The photo galleries contain the oldest known pictures of the town of Alex and the local resources archive offers information about areas close to Alex. Enjoy your visit!


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If you have historical information about the Alex area, old photos of Alex or can date photos or identify persons in photos, we would appreciate the information. Please email the webmaster at Webmaster@AlexOklahoma.net.

A note about photos...

All photos hosted on this site have been reduced in size to allow them to load as quickly as possible in web browsers. Reducing the size of a photo unfortunately lessens its detail. Many of the oldest photos of Alex were scanned to digital format in very high resolutions and prints are available for viewing at the Alex Community Center. Contact the webmaster at the above email address to view or make copies of the digital files.

Appreciation...

Many, many long-time Alex residents and others helped preserve our local history as documented in this website to ensure that we all have an opportunity to know a little about where we come from. We thank you!

Many thanks to the family of beloved Alex resident Christine Peters for allowing the use of information from her book, "Alex: A Brief History of the School, Class Members and Graduates; The People of Alex: Past and Present." Information from this book is attributed to Mrs. Peters when used.

Thanks to Pat Cunningham, director of the Grady County Historical Society, for her contributions to this project. Please visit the Grady County Historical Society here.

Thanks, also, to Alex residents Faye Hess and Sue Moore for the information they provided for this site. Most of all, thanks to Elanna Chitwood for donating the domain AlexOklahoma.net to host the Alex History site and other websites related to Alex, Oklahoma.