Located in north central Oklahoma bordering Kansas, Kay County was formed from the "Cherokee Strip" or "Cherokee Outlet." Originally designated as county "K," its name means simply that.
Newkirk, the county seat, is home of the Kay County courthouse, originally built in 1894 and replaced with the current stone courthouse in 1926. The economy of the county is based on petroleum wealth as well as productive agricultural land. Blackwell, the second largest city, is located in the midst of the rich Chikaskia River farmland.
Kaw Dam and Reservoir, part of the $1.2 billion plan for the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, is located in Kay County. Other attractions include the 101 Ranch site, Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum, the Chilocco Indian School, Ponca City Cultural Center and Indian Museum, and the Marland Mansion, all in Ponca City. Annual events include the Iris Festival in April and the 101 Ranch Rodeo in August.
Kay County was once home to Territorial Governor William M. Jenkins and infamous outlaw Belle Starr. Three history books have been written about the county. They are: Diamond Jubilee, The Last Run, and Keepsakes and Yesteryears. Historical societies are located in Newkirk and Tonkawa.
Location: Kay County borders the Kansas state line in northern Oklahoma.
Climate: The average precipitation is 33.8 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 40.6 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
County Seat: Newkirk
Distances: Newkirk to: Enid - 76 miles Oklahoma City - 116 miles
Land Area: 945 square miles of level plains and farmland