Durant Oklahoma Facts

History

- Durant, OK was first settled by the Durant family – Pierre Durant and his four sons

- The Durant family of French-Choctaw origin made the journey up the Trail of Tears to settle in the Durant area

- Dixon Durant, Grandson of Pierre Durant is recognized as the official founder of Durant back in mid 1800′s

- Dixon Durant established the first general merchandise store back in 1873

- First post office known as Durant Station opened in 1879.

- Population of Durant in 1900 was just under 3,000

- A deadly tornado struck Durant in the spring of 1919 killing 11 people