Usually about 20,000 people from many states and several
countries come to spend the day. . Watermelons are
to the economy of this area and get most of the publicity.
ranching, farming, peanuts, canning, and manufacturing
have just as large an impact.
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Brief History of Rush Springs, Oklahoma
Rush Springs gets its name from the large
near the head of Rush Creek from which the town gets its water
It is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, settlements in Grady
Oklahoma. The territory of Rush Springs served
as a camping place for Indian Tribes from very early days. The
Indians first moved by the springs and settled on Rush Creek about four
miles southeast of the present town about 1850. It was at this
that the famous "Battle of the Wichita Village" was fought between the
Comanches and the United States Cavalry under the command of General
Van Dorn on October 1, 1858. Following the battle, the Wichitas
to Fort Arbuckle.
The famous Chisholm Cattle Trail passed about
one and one-half miles east of town and this area became a watering
for many herds of cattle that were driven northward from Texas to
to be shipped by rail to eastern markets.
During the years 1871 to 1878 Fort Sill was
nearby and supplies were shipped to it from points in the eastern part
of Indian Territory. After the building of Missouri, Kansas and
Railroad, government freight and many passengers as well as mail, were
hauled from here to Fort Sill. This became a major shipping
A stage stand was built and a little town sprung up.
The Huntley Ranch was established on Rush Creek near
the site of the old Wichita Village. The ranch became a stage
and freight station in 1883. The office was moved to Rush
On November 21, 1889, the town of Rush Springs
The town was officially named Rush Springs, Indian Territory, at this
When the Rock Island Railroad came by the springs, the town took on a
growth since it was one of the government freight stations to Fort Sill.
In the early 1900s the freight trade ceased and since
then the town has depended on ranching, farming and oil interests for
Watermelons have been grown in and around Rush
for more than 100 years! The Indians who lived in the area were known
growing the watermelons. That's one reason our melons are the
we have spent many years perfecting them.
Some things don't change much. Watermelons can
still be purchased from growers and sellers along the highway and on
Street. There's plenty to go around....so take several home with
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