Opened to settlement in the Land Run of April 22, 1889, Cleveland was one of the seven counties organized as the Oklahoma Territory in 1890. Its first citizens named it for President Grover Cleveland. Osage Indians had fought the Plains Tribes here where settlers built cities and broke the sod for farms. Explorers pushing westward had marveled at the Cross timbers in the eastern part of the county and the vast prairies beyond. Colonel A.P. Chouteau established a trading post near Lexington, and Jesse Chisholm ran one of his cattle trails through the county. Washington Irving killed a buffalo in the vicinity of present-day Moore and wrote about it in A Tour on the Prairies. Cleveland County is the home of the state's largest comprehensive university, the University of Oklahoma in Norman. While other cities were battling to become the capital, Norman's mayor skillfully directed a bill through the Territorial Legislature designating Norman as the site for the first institution of higher learning. Although Cleveland County is the eighth smallest Oklahoma county in area, it has the third largest population and two of the state's nine largest cities, Norman and Moore. Farming, oil production and horse breeding are important industries. Location: Cleveland County is 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: Norman Distances: Norman to: Oklahoma City - 19 miles Lawton - 87 miles Ardmore - 80 miles Land Area: 558 square miles of level plains

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The Political Graveyard: Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Database provides political history, cemetery locations, and brief biographies of politicians who lived in the county.
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