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Woodward County, Oklahoma

US county information
NameWoodward County
StateOklahoma
SeatWoodward
Largest cityWoodward
US Area
Total Area1246 sq mi (3227.1 km2)
Land Area1242 sq mi (3216.8 km2)
Water Area4 sq mi (10.4 km2)
Density5.8/km2 (15/sq mi)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Woodward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 18,486. Its county seat is Woodward . Woodward County was originally known as "N" County and was composed of present day Woodward County and portions of Harper, Ellis, and Woods County. Before its division at statehood, Woodward County, then 60 miles square, was the westernmost county of the Cherokee Outlet and adjoined Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle on the west and Kansas on the north. Political pressure applied by William H. Murray during Oklahoma's Constitutional Convention resulted in the reduction of the size of Woodward County to its present boundaries. It is unknown exactly who the county (and the town) is named after, but the two leading candidates are Brinton W. Woodward, a Santa Fe railway director, or Richard Woodward, a buffalo hunter.


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