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Lost City, Oklahoma
—  CDP  —
Location of Lost City, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°59′9″N 95°7′26″W / 35.98583°N 95.12389°W / 35.98583; -95.12389
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cherokee
 - Total 23.3 sq mi (60.4 km2)
 - Land 23.3 sq mi (60.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 809
 - Density 34.7/sq mi (13.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 40-44075[1]
GNIS feature ID 1100593[2]

Lost City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 809 at the 2000 census.



On January 3, 1970, three stations of the Prairie Network (Hominy and Woodward, Oklahoma, and Pleasanton, Kansas) photographed the track of a meteor after a several year search. The meteor was the first ever photographed in the United States. Analysis of the photographs indicated the meteorite landed within a one-mile square around Lost City. Six days later, Gunther Schwartz, chief of the project, spotted the 21.6 pound meteorite sitting in a snow-covered road[3] within one-half mile of Lost City. The Lost City Meteorite proved to be an H5 chondrite.[4]


Lost City is located at 35°59′9″N 95°7′26″W / 35.98583°N 95.12389°W / 35.98583; -95.12389 (35.985954, -95.123886)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 23.3 square miles (60.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 809 people, 279 households, and 234 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 34.7 people per square mile (13.4/km²). There were 308 housing units at an average density of 13.2/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 55.13% White, 38.07% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 1.11% from other races, and 5.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 279 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,118, and the median income for a family was $31,932. Males had a median income of $27,566 versus $20,357 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,629. About 16.7% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 25.6% of those age 65 or over.


  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. ^ The Daily Oklahoman, January 14, 1970, pg. 7: "'Suddenly there was the black rock in the road, and I wondered what it was doing there, and got out to look at it,' Schwartz said. 'And then you get hysterical. Just think of the odds against finding it there. Fantastic.'"
  4. ^ Lost City, The Meteoritical Society.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  


  • The Daily Oklahoman, January 14, 1970. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Publishing Company.
  • Lost City. The Meteoritical Society, 27 Nov 2006. (accessed February 3, 2007)

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