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Facts About Enid

10 Interesting Facts About Enid, Oklahoma

Facts About Enid

  1. Enid was a filming location for the movies Dillinger, The Killer Inside Me and Wildlife.
  2. Enid was founded in 1893 when the Cherokee Outlet was opened.
  3. Legend says that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, died in Enid around 1903. A man named David E. George committed suicide in Enid, Oklahoma Territory, in 1903 and claimed to have been Booth himself.
  4. The city has a total area of 74.1 square miles, of which 74.0 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water.
  5. Famous Enidites include astronaut, Owen K. Garriott; musician, Michael Hedges; legendary basketball coach, Don Haskins; opera singer, Leona Mitchell; NBA players, Mark and Brent Price; author, Marquis James; oil billionaire, Harold Hamm; attorney, Stephen Jones; plus many, many others.
  6. Enid is home to the annual Tri-State Music Festival which was started in 1932 by Russell L. Wiley, who was Phillips University band director from 1928 to 1934.
  7. Enid is believed that the city was named after a character in the “Idylls of the King,” a story written by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  8. The economy of the city of Enid largely depends on oil and agriculture.
  9. Enid is twinned with the following sister city Kollo, Niger.
  10. Enid holds the nickname of “Queen Wheat City” and “Wheat Capital” of Oklahoma and the United States for its immense grain storage capacity and has the third-largest grain storage capacity in the world.

 

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