Railroads And Surface
The country to the east of Grand River
comprises about one-third of the county. Much of it is rough. The rather
narrow valleys are very fertile and will grow all kinds of crops. The
hills are covered with timber. There are several small fertile prairies.
This region is adapted to dairying, livestock and fruit. The K. O. & G.
R. R., traverses it, following the east side of Grand River.
The country to the extreme northwest and west, where
many small creeks have their source, is also hilly. All the central part
of the county, comprising about half of the area, is a rolling prairie,
interspersed with streams and stretches of timber. From the hills on
either side one can see a beautiful panorama of cultivated fields,
meadows, pastures, farm houses, villages and towns, extending thirty
miles north and south through the county, and from 10 to 20 miles in
Through the center of this valley stretches the main line of
the M., K. & T. Railroad from St. Louis and Kansas City to Dallas, Fort
Worth and Galveston. This road provides rapid service for both
passengers and freight to and from the best markets between the
Mississippi and the Gulf. Supper may be eaten at home in Mayes County
and breakfast the next morning in either Kansas City or St. Louis.
Livestock loaded in the afternoon is in Kansas City for the early market
next morning. On this road are four towns in Mayes County: Adair, Pryor,
Chouteau, and Mazie.
According to the Government geological survey, Pryor,
the county seat, is 631 feet above the sea level ; this is about an
average for the county, excepting in the extreme hilly portions.
Mayes County is twenty-four miles wide east and west
and thirty-six miles north and south. It comprises about one-ninth of
the Cherokee Nation and is situated in the central part of the Nation.
Considerable livestock will be seen in a
drive over the county, but not nearly as much as the county might
support. A good many cattle and hogs are shipped, fin fact, practically
all of the corn raised here is fed. Mayes County is well adapted to
livestock growing and feeding. Winters are so mild that an open shed is
all the shelter needed; summer pastures are cheap, only 40 cents to $1
per acre a year; a great variety of feed grows here, including
cotton-seed, alfalfa, kafir, cowpeas and corn.
While dairying is yet in its infancy in Mayes County,
one will see from the tons of butter that is shipped from the Pryor
Creamery to all parts of the United States, that Mayes County is an
exceptionally good county for profitable dairying.
Some of the very best blooded stock in the state will
be found in Mayes County, especially in the breeds of Jersey, Holstein,
Shorthorn and Hereford cattle. The, poultry industry in Mayes County is
a real asset. A poultry show is held annually in the county seat. The
Mayes County Free Fair has grown to be quite an institution, and is soon
to be permanently housed on not less than forty acres of ground
adjoining the county seat, and financed by the county. The Mayes County.
Breeders' Association is a real live organization and holds banquets
frequently in the county seat, where the live stock situation is
discussed by state and county breeders and men in agricultural, state
and Federal work.
Truck And Fruit
All kinds of garden products thrive. Two
crops of potatoes a year can be grown-the first ready to market by the
middle of June. Cabbage can be set out in January and February. Lettuce
and radishes can be planted about the same time. Fall gardens provide an
abundance of vegetables for the table until November.
There are not yet enough bearing orchards to supply the
local demands for fruit. Several old orchards were set out before
statehood and many later planted home orchards which are not yet
bearing. Very little care has been given the trees as a rule, yet in
spite of neglect very fine peaches, apples, pears and apricots are
grown. Berries of all kinds do well; there is a good local market for
fruit and truck, and fast freight and express trains carry these
products in short time to the markets of the north. Persons growing
strawberries near Pryor during the past year averaged more than three
hundred dollars per acre. The largest number of acres by any one man was
about three acres and brought a return of more than one thousand dollars
for the three acres. The acreage for 1922 is probably double that of
Additional Mayes County Resources
Source: Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma, 1922
Prior, County Seat
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