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Crescent, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Crescent, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°57′11″N 97°35′41″W / 35.95306°N 97.59472°W / 35.95306; -97.59472
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Logan
 - Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,142 ft (348 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,281
 - Density 1,206.2/sq mi (465.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73028
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-18250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1091814[2]

Crescent is a city in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,281 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Crescent was formed with the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889 on March 2, 1889, and officially started that fall when William Brown started selling general merchandise out of a wagon. Soon he took on a partner, Benjamin Ryland, and the two moved into a log cabin. A post office christened "Crescent City" and was established on February 21, 1890, the name taken from a moon-shaped glade where the town began. In November 1891 the town site was platted, and incorporated in 1893. The Denver, Enid and Gulf Railroad laid track one mile west of the city in 1902, and the city obtained 160 acres from two farmers (C. E. Wells and J. H. Rhoades) creating "new Crescent" or "West Crescent", eventually the town moved to the new location. Oil was discovered north of town in 1926 and then south of town in 1930 in the "Crescent Oil Field".[3]

On June 20, 1934 the Farmers and Merchants Bank was robed by a group of men. The group took 13 hostages to help conceal the attempt and to help move the safe. They had the hostages load the safe into the back of a truck and drove the hostages and safe out of town. They ended up leaving both behind, hostages unhurt-safe unopened.[4]

In 1965 the Cimarron Processing Facility was opened by Kerr-McGee (owned through a subsidiary, Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corp.) to convert powdered uranium hexafluoride and plutonium into fuel pellets for use in the nation's nuclear power plants.[3][5] The site became the center of highly controversial revelations within the petrochemical industry, when in the early 1970s, working conditions and manufacturing practices at the facility became dangerous. The 1983 Oscar nominated film Silkwood, based around Karen Silkwood (who became contaminated) and her death (in 1974), is a movie about those revelations. In 1976 the facility closed down production.[6] The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would state that the groundwater contamination (around where the facility once buried radioactive waste) was rising near the plant and was 400 times higher than federal drinking-water standards allow in 1989. While it was 208 to 360 times higher in 1985-87.[7] Cleanup and decommissioning at the site continues.[5]


Population trends

  • 1900: 1390
  • 1910: 903
  • 1920: 878
  • 1930: 1,190
  • 1940: 1,301
  • 1970: 1,568
  • 1980: 1,651
  • 2000: 1,281


Crescent is located at 35°57′11″N 97°35′41″W / 35.95306°N 97.59472°W / 35.95306; -97.59472 (35.953137, -97.594593)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,281 people, 562 households, and 361 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,206.2 people per square mile (466.6/km²). There were 639 housing units at an average density of 601.7/sq mi (232.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.52% White, 4.68% African American, 2.58% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 3.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 562 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,096, and the median income for a family was $32,206. Males had a median income of $25,602 versus $21,121 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,081. About 13.2% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Hubert Eugene "Geese" Ausbie (born April 25, 1938), a retired professional basketball player and manager for the Harlem Globetrotters.[9] Played for Douglass High School in Crescent (black students), he averaged more than 40 points-per-game. In 1955 during a week for the district tournament, he scored 70 points (vs. Meridian L'Ouverture), 54 (vs. Arcadia Dunbar), and 62 (vs. Mulhall). The 186 points in three games remains an Oklahoma tournament record.[10]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ a b Hedglen, Thomas L. - "CRESCENT". - Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. - Oklahoma Historical Society.
  4. ^ Grelen, Jay. - "Crescent man has more than one interesting tale". - The Oklahoman. - June 10, 2001.
  5. ^ a b O'Dell, Larry. - "NUCLEAR POWER". - Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. - Oklahoma Historical Society.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Ron. - "Silkwood case draws attention Anniversary of death unnoticed in Crescent". - Associated Press. - (c/o The Oklahoman). - November 22, 1999.
  7. ^ Williams, Grant. - "Water under Kerr-McGee site tainted, report says - Nuclear waste found in soil at Crescent facility". - Tulsa World. - August 3, 1989. | - Kelley, Ed. - " Contamination Increases At Crescent Nuclear Site". - The Oklahoman. - August 4, 1989.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ Carlson, Jenni. - "HUBERT 'GEESE' AUSBIE- Former Harlem Globetrotter - Age: 70 - Residence: Little Rock, Ark.". - The Oklahoman. - August 24, 2008.
  10. ^ "The Century's Best". And Mikey Moore who is just a beast at baseball. - The Oklahoman. - June 13, 1999.

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