By Verne Jackson
The Pushmataha County Historical Society will be holding their May meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the “Old Frisco” railroad depot. The public is invited to attend. We will be discussing and planning activities for Homecoming. The Homecoming events will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th. The Historical Museum at the Depot will be the official sign-in station for all visitors. There will be some of our RSVP volunteers on duty at all times to give assistance as needed. For information, Homecoming Parade entry blanks are available in the Chamber of Commerce are at the depot.
The Community of Darwin, Oklahoma is located approximately 9 miles east of Antlers and about one-half mile east on the Atoka County line along State highway 3. Darwin was located in Jack’s Fork County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory near the end of the Indian Territory era. The area became an agricultural and farming center after Statehood in 1907.
Farming and ranching later became the economic and predominate activity. A U.S. Post Office was opened on July 31, 195 and operated until March 14, 1955. A very well maintained cemetery makes the location of the former community located just off Oklahoma State Highway 3. Currently Darwin does not have a defined center buy consists of a larger area. This information was acquired from the Wikipedia web site.
According to the Merchants, Tradesmen and Manufacturers Business Directory of 1929 by R.G. Dun, the population of Darwin was 25 and had 2 General Stores. One owned by O.R. Barrow and the other owned by J.B. Jackson.