This county was once part of the Cheyenne and Arapaho reservation, administered by the Darlington Agency. It was opened by the Run of '89 and the Run of '92, but the southwest corner of the county, part of the Caddo Reservation, was opened by lottery in 1901. Fort Reno, established in 1874 to maintain order on the reservation, later served as a cavalry remount station. During World War II it served as a prisoner-of-war camp. The economy of Canadian County is based largely on agriculture and for a number Yukon served as a major regional milling center. The county seat, El Reno, was an early railroad center and headquarters of the southern district of the Rock Island Railroad until its demise in 1981. Railroad service is still provided by the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas line. Annual events include '89er Days in April and Indian Territory Days, both held in Fort Reno; in Yukon there's the Chisholm Trail Festival in June, and Czech Festival in October. Historical information is available in the History of Canadian County and Family Histories of Canadian County, both of which are still available for purchase. Location: Canadian County is located in central Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 47.1 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.0 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.8 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: El Reno Distances: El Reno to: Oklahoma City - 27 miles Enid - 62 miles Land Area: 905 square miles of level plains

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Canadian County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Providing programs in agriculture, 4-H, family consumer sciences, horticulture and rural development. Includes upcoming events and office hours. Located in El Reno.
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