Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hard times in Cement, Oklahoma

Cement is in Caddo County, in the southwest part of the state. The 2010 population was 501. The town’s biggest population was 1,117 in 1930. Racial demographics for 2010 show 87% white; 8.1% Native American; 2.64% African-Merriman; and 1.89% Hispanic or Latino.

“About 24.6% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.3% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.” (Wikipedia)

Clinton Manges, Texas oilman and financial robber, was born in Cement in 1923. His parents were sharecroppers. Manges picked cotton in Oklahoma and worked at a gas station in Texas before hitting big money … somehow.

A satellite view,-98.1372666,1554m/data=!3m1!1e3

shows a bunch of oil wells, most with new storage tanks. Land is mostly open.

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