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All About Nowata

It's my time of day, what can I say? I have ALWAYS been a night owl. The only exception? When I was pregnant I went to bed REALLY early and woke up around 3:00 or 3:30 every single night for a realllly long time!! But now?? Fuggetaboutit!! LOL. Molly is asleep; Todd is asleep (he has to work tomorrow or else he'd still be up hanging out with me!), and I am getting ready to finish up a scrapbooking project. BUT....

I just Googled Nowata, Oklahoma and this is what came up:

Nowata is located at 36°41′43″N 95°38′15″W / 36.69528°N 95.6375°W / 36.69528; -95.6375 (36.695409, -95.637546)[4].
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.

[edit] Demographics
As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,971 people, 1,622 households, and 1,026 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,280.5 people per square mile (494.6/km²). There were 1,853 housing units at an average density of 597.5/sq mi (230.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.08% White, 4.66% African American, 16.02% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 8.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.
There were 1,622 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,835, and the median income for a family was $31,836. Males had a median income of $26,556 versus $18,989 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,633. About 11.6% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Population
Nowata has had many famous visitors and residents,such as Teddy Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Tom Mix and J.Paul Getty. In addition, many outlaws roamed Nowata's streets, including the James Gang, Dalton Gang, Bill Doolin, Henry Starr and Cherokee Bill.

[edit] Nowata filmography
Nowata was the setting for the 1998 movie Possums (movie). In the movie a man played by Mac Davis tries to bring back the town's cancelled high school football program. Scenes were filmed in town and guest starred Barry Switzer and many locals.

[edit] History
Nowata served as a train-stop of Native Americans from the East being resettled by the government. The Delaware tribesmen who passed through named it "nuwita," meaning "friendly" or "welcome." In Cherokee, the town is called ᎠᎹᏗᎧᏂᎬᎬ (A-ma-di-ka-ni-gunh-gunh, roughly), which means "Water is all gone," translating what it sounded like the word meant: No Water.[5]

I was actually SURPRISED that there are less than 4,000 living in Nowata at this time! We do NOT shop here but anytime we veture out anywhere in Nowata, I rarely see familiar faces. Prices too high? Groceries beyond their date of expiration? Yep, these reasons would be why we buy our groceries out of town, yes indeedy!

Anywhoo, this is my daughter's blog and my goal is to document how her town is while she is "itty bitty", you know, for later, like for when she has children, etc. (By the way, I don't EVEN want to think about how old Todd and I will be when THAT happens! LOL). Anyway.

I was actually in the Possums movie. Yes, that's right. At one time, I was in a movie! How else can I put it? It was such an exciting summer! Most of the filming took place during the balmy, hot summer nights that year, I remember. The football field lights shone with excitement and the promise that Nowata could actually be more than just a "ghost town" and I longed to be a part of it. I got my chance, and was in the movie! We have that movie, and I love watching it! Not because I am in it, of course, but because there are good values conveyed: No cursing; good sportsmanship, and ultimately, HOPE!!! It's surprisingly well-written and there are a few big names in the feature presentation....

...It's SO hard to believe that was, oh, about 13 years ago almost that the movie was filmed here in our small town. The main setting was filmed in my Grandpa Reed's home. Still, I hope some day Molly will watch it and be proud that her mommy was actually included in a Hollywood presentation. YAY for Molly's Mom!! :)

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