Pensacola Dam

Pensacola Dam

Pensacola Dam, 145 ft (44 m) high and 6,500 ft (1,980 m) long, on the Grand River (local name of the Neosho), NE Okla., NE of Tulsa; built 1938-41 by the state of Oklahoma. The dam impounds Lake of the Cherokees, one of the largest reservoirs in the United States; it is a major recreation area.
Mayes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 38,369. Its county seat is Pryor, Oklahoma, also known as Pryor Creek, Oklahoma.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 684 square miles (1,770 km²), of which, 656 square miles (1,699 km²) of it is land and 27 square miles (71 km²) of it (4.00%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 38,369 people, 14,823 households, and 10,820 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 17,423 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.14% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 19.10% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 7.55% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 94.8% spoke English, 2.1% Cherokee, 1.4% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 14,823 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,125, and the median income for a family was $37,542. Males had a median income of $31,668 versus $20,573 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,350. About 11.20% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

  • Iron Post
  • Langley
  • Locust Grove
  • Mazie
  • Murphy
  • Pensacola
  • Pin Oak Acres
  • Pryor Creek
  • Pump Back
  • Rose
  • Salina
  • Sams Corner
  • Snake Creek
  • Spavinaw
  • Sportsmen Acres
  • Sportsmen Acres Community
  • Strang
  • Wickliffe
  • NRHP Sites

    The following sites in Mayes County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:


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