was created in 1907 from part of the old Chickasaw Nation.
Pickens County was
renamed Carter County in honor of Ben Carter, prominent Native American of the
the Constitutional Convention chose Ardmore as the county seat because it was
the largest town in that section of the new state and the site of a federal
court during the territorial era.
county officials used office space in the former federal courthouse building,
which had been constructed in 1898 for $20,000.
It soon proved to be too small
for county needs, so in 1909 Carter County residents approved a $125,000 bond
issue to purchase land and fund construction of a new building.
The firm of
Layton, Wemyss Smith and Hawk of Oklahoma City developed the plans and the job
was completed in 1910 by the Gill Construction Company. The design
was a rich combination of architectural elements.
The dominant style was
Neo-Classical, with repetitious use of colossal Doric columns, classical
detailing, and an ornate tower and dome.
The tower was decorated with Ionic
columns, a ribbed and vaulted roof, and over-sized clocks.
against this classical composition were arched doorways and windows on the
In 1976 using the design of Flood, Isenberg, and Hann, the entire
courthouse was renovated.
records are available from 1908, marriage records from 1907, and death records since 1908.
Land records exist since 1900, while probate and
court records are on file in the county courthouse since 1907.
visit our new photo gallery!
Journal of Carter County Schools for 1923
Photos are being added regularly, if you have photos of
and its residents and would like to see them
included please contact
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Carter County Towns
The Oklahoma Genealogical Society has a "First Families" application at:
First Families of the Twin territories
An Invitation to
Descendants of the Early Settlers of Oklahoma.
If you can prove
each generation of your lineage back to an individual
in one of Oklahoma's
territories on or before 16 November 1907,
you are eligible for membership in First
Families of the Twin Territories.
Carter County Resources
Carter County 1997 Queries
Carter County Surnames "A thru H"
Carter County Surnames "I thru P"
Carter County Surnames "Q thru Z"
Carter County Cemetery list
Carter County Cemetery's
Cemetery, Mount Olive, Healdton
Carter County Saving Graves Project
Gravestone Project - Carter County
Carter County DeHart
surname cemetery page
History of the Oklahoma Veterans
Center, Ardmore Division
List of Counties, Cities, Public
Schools, Libraries, etc...
Carter County Ardmore History
Carter County -
Healdton Oil Museum
Carter County War
World War II Casualties
Carter County Archives
Carter County Churches
Carter County Libraries
Chickasaw Regional Library System
County National Register of Historical Sites
Carter County Vital Records
Carter County Political
Carter County Look-ups
Carter County Pictures
Carter County Government
Carter County Assessor's Office
Carter County Biffle Researchers
Carter County - History of the
John Carson Hawkins Family
Greater Southwest Historical &
Chickasaw Nation, I. T.
Official Site of the Chickasaw
The Burney Academy - Chickasaw Orphans Home
Territory Census Index
Wilson City 1920 Census Image page 1
Wilson City 1920 Census Image page 2
Officers Killed in Carter County In the Line of Duty
Bud Ballew - Famous Indian
Territory Lawman of Ardmore & Carter County, Oklahoma
County Overview, population characteristics, etc...
Ardmore Army Air Field
William I. Kincade
Carter County Genealogical Society
35 Sunset Dr.
Ardmore, Okla. 73401
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