Gilmore, Oklahoma

Gilmore is an unincorporated community in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States.[2] The town, formerly incorporated, boasted a small post office (between 1890 and 1918),[3] city hall, and Mayor Pratt McMillin, a rancher and oil distributor who died in April 2001, aged 84.[4]

Gilmore, Oklahoma
Double Branch Baptist Church in Gilmore, c. 1960
Double Branch Baptist Church in Gilmore, c. 1960
Gilmore is located in Oklahoma
Gilmore is located in the United States
Coordinates: 35°3′5.71″N 94°31′27.12″W / 35.0515861°N 94.5242000°W / 35.0515861; -94.5242000Coordinates: 35°3′5.71″N 94°31′27.12″W / 35.0515861°N 94.5242000°W / 35.0515861; -94.5242000
CountryUnited States
CountyLe Flore
Elevation538 ft (164 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)918, 539
FIPS code40/29350
GNIS feature ID1100450[1]
Sugarloaf Mountain with Gilmore, Oklahoma in foreground

The primary population of Gilmore lives around the intersection of Nail Creek Road and Gilmore Road just east of Poteau and north of Monroe, although in recent years, multiple houses have been built along Nail Creek Road west of Gilmore Road, expanding the community towards the town of Poteau. The town is home to the Vaughn Memorial Cemetery which was adjacent to the Double Branch Baptist Church until the church burned down in the late 2000s.

Nail Creek just south of the Gilmore city centre.

The surrounding area consists primarily of farmland and forest situated in the Poteau River Valley region between Sugar Loaf Mountain, Oklahoma Peak, and Cavanal Hill with a tributary of the Poteau River, Nail Creek running through Gilmore.


The area of the town was originally located in Sugar Loaf County, Moshulatubbee District of the Choctaw Nation.[5]

Today, the town is located in Choctaw Nation, District 4.[6]


A post office opened at Gilmore, Indian Territory on June 30, 1890. It closed on January 15, 1918. It was named for Rad Gilmore, a local mill operator.[7]

In the 1884 election campaign for sheriff of Sugar Loaf County, Bob Benton and Charles Wilson ran against each other. Benton and Jack Crow shot and killed Wilson outside the county courthouse near Summerfield. Even though Benton shot first, Crow delivered the fatal shot and was the only man to stand trial in the case under Judge Parker. Wilson was buried in Vaughn Cemetery.[8]

On November 22, 1983, an F3 tornado hit the town after traveling 16 miles from Reichert and Howe, ending in Gilmore. There were no reported injuries or fatalities.[9]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gilmore, Oklahoma
  2. ^ "Gilmore Populated Place Profile / Le Flore County, Oklahoma Data". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  3. ^ " Post Offices of LeFlore County". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  4. ^ "DEATHS". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  5. ^ Morris, John W. Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1986), plate 38.
  6. ^ "Choctaw Nation District Map (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  7. ^ Shirk, George H. Oklahoma Place Names (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1965), p. 88.
  8. ^ "Okgenweb: Jesse Rob Interview". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  9. ^ Service, US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Weather. "Le Flore County, OK Tornadoes (1875-2011)". Retrieved 2017-05-09.