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ARDMORE, a township and the county-seat of Carter county,
Oklahoma, U.S.A., just S. of the Arbuckle Mountains, about
120 m. S. by E. of Guthrie. Pop. (1900) 5681; (1907) 8759
(2122 being negroes, and 108 Indians); (1910) 8618. It
is served by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, the St Louis &
San Francisco, and the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fé railways.
Ardmore is the market-town and distributing point for the
surrounding agricultural region, which is the home of a large
part of the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. It is situated
890 ft. above the sea in a cotton and grain producing region, in
which cattle are raised and fruit and vegetables grown; coal,
oil, natural gas and rock asphalt (which is used for paving the
streets of Ardmore) are found in the vicinity. Ardmore is an
important cotton market, and has cotton gins, a cotton compress,
machine shops, bridge works, foundries, bottling works and
manufactories of cotton-seed oil, brick, concrete, flour, brooms,
mattresses and dressed lumber. At Ardmore are the Saint
Agnes Academy, a Catholic school for girls, and Saint Agnes
College for boys, a conservatory of music, Hargrove College,
and the Selvidge Commercial College. Near Ardmore is a
summer school on the Chautauqua (q.v.) system. Ardmore was
founded in 1887, and was incorporated in 1898.
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