History of Bartlesville & Washington County, Oklahoma

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Washington County, OK


(formerly Brush Creek, Midway)

Enos Parsons started a post office in 1872 at this ford across Brush Creek, naming it for his Cherokee wife Mary Eldridge. (Mary's Cherokee heritage would have allowed a non-Indian such as Parsons to settle in Indian Territory.) In 1895 Job Beaver Parker started a large farm here and his impressive home became a voting site of the Cooweescoowee District and a Delaware meeting site. This was also the site of Monfort's 1898 stage station, midway along the route from Bartlesville to Caney, Kansas. When a telephone wire was strung from Caney to Bartles' store, Midway had the first telephone in the county.

Washington County Carrel