Hartshorne, Oklahoma is a city of 2,125 residents (2010 census data) located in Pittsburg County, and was established in 1899. The city is well known for its annual Hard Times Festival held in October.
City of Hartshorne
1101 Pennsylvania Ave., Hartshorne, OK 74537
Hartshorne Area Chamber of Commerce
1018 Pennsylvania Ave., Hartshorne, OK 74537
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Hartshorne Public Schools
520 S 5th St., Hartshorne, OK 74537
Tel: 918-297-2534 Fax: 918-297-2698
High School 520 TJ Hawkins 918-297-2536
Junior High 918-297-2433
Elementary School 821 Arapaho Ave 918-297-2345
Hartshorne Public Library
720 Pennsylvania Ave., Hartshorne, OK 74547
Hours: Tues/Thurs 8a-7p, Wed/Fri 8a-6p, Sat 10q-3p
Librarian: Cathy Tucker
Twin Cities Revitalization Project
About Us: The Twin Cities Revitalization Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization started in January of 2013 by a group of citizens in the Haileyville/Hartshorne Area. The organization aims to promote a cleaner, greener Twin Cities area through community involvement and volunteerism. We aim to provide at least one work day per month, cleaning, painting and working in the community. We have had several very successful workdays already and have more planned to come.
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Visit us on the web at:http://twincitiesrevitalization.org/
Places of Interest:
826 Penn Ave 918-297-2651 Facebook
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Russian Orthodox Church – built in 1917)
501 3rd St (End of Modoc Ave), Hartshorne, OK 918-297-2872
For a wonderful story about the history behind the church, go HERE
The Twin Cities Heritage Museum
929 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hartshorne, OK 918-297-7220
Open: Wed – Sat 10:00am – 3:00pm
The Twin Cities Heritage Museum features artifacts from the early mining and railroad days of the surrounding area. Enjoy various displays from World War I and II and gain a better understanding and appreciation of Hartshorne history.
909 Jones Academy Rd. Hartshorne, OK 888-767-2518 WEBSITE
Founded by the Choctaw Nation in 1891, Jones Academy has provided a home and education to American Indian children from as many as 29 different federally recognized tribes across the United States. Each year approximately 200 students in grades 1-12 live on campus in a nurturing activity-filled environment.
A Brief History of Hartshorne, Oklahoma: An Historic Coal Mining Town
by Urbane Chaos, published July 15, 2011 You can connect to Urbane Chaos HERE
In the late 1800’s, the lands of Indian Territory were still wild and rugged. In 1871, a large group of pioneers settled in the area around Hartshorne and became the first white settlers in the area. Within four years, this settlement grew into a small town. The people who settled here were as wild and rugged as the land itself, and brawls were a common sight.
As railroads moved into the Indian Territory, white man followed, but it wasn’t until an enterprising Civil War veteran moved into the area that the town of Hartshorne really boomed. James Jackson “J. J.” McAlester saw promise in the Indian Territory. After the Civil War, he met a man who had surveyed the territory before. The man showed McAlester a location that was abundant with coal and even provided the exact locations of the veins. Taking no chances, McAlester quickly purchased the land and a short time later began his coal mining operations. This would begin the reign of coal in Oklahoma, and Hartshorne being only a few miles away, reaped the rewards.
The opening of the coalfields drew thousands of immigrants into the area. Dr. Hartshorne, a wealthy businessman from Pennsylvania, was caught up in the massive migrations.
A short time before Dr. Hartshorne came to Indian Territory, a group of Pennsylvania coal operators and financiers incorporated the Choctaw, Coal and Railway Company. This company, founded in 1887, could mine and market coal while at the same time build and operate railroads. Two years after the founding of this company, Dr. Hartshorne became president of the company. The company was ambitiously laying tracks eastward into Indian Territory and towards J. J. McAlester’s coal operations. With these tracks in place, it was now possible for coal mined in Hartshorn to be shipped all across the company.
During the time that McAlester was experiencing a coal mining boom, Hartshorne became a major economic force in the area. With abundant coal in the region, and easy transportation through a trolley system to McAlester, Hartshorne was both a vibrant and ever-expanding community of immigrants. In fact, Hartshorne could boast of the largest and best equipped coal mine in the state of Oklahoma. The Rock Island No. 8 featured advancements in the coal mining process that had never been seen before.
From incorporation of the town on March 1, 1900, until the mid 1920’s, Hartshorne remained a vivacious, bustling coal-mining town. Productivity began to decline in 1922, when oil took over many of the functions that coal once had. As coalmines began to produce less coal, people began to move out of the area in search of better jobs. The great depression finally put an end to the coal era, as well as the glory days of historic Hartshorne.