10 Interesting Facts About Shawnee, Oklahoma

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Facts About Shawnee

  1. The first settlers of Shawnee were the Sac, Fox, Shawnee, Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians.
  2. The city has a total area of 44.7 square miles, of which 42.3 square miles is land and 2.4 square miles is water.
  3. Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States.
  4. The town of Shawnee was founded in 1893 when the area was opened to white settlers.
  5. Oklahoma notables who have resided in Shawnee include Oklahoma’s twenty-fifth governor, Charles Bradford “Brad” Henry, astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr., and Louise Funk Fluke, designer of Oklahoma’s official flag. While homesteading in Kansas, physician Brewster Higley.
  6. Shawnee is twinned with Nikaho, Akita, Japan.
  7. The town was named after the Shawnee people.
  8. The first buildings on the town site were a log house built in 1881 by a Louisiana trapper and a Quaker mission built in 1885 to serve the Shawnee people.
  9. The quote “In the heart of Oklahoma” dates back to at least 1908 when the Chamber of Commerce published a document relating to the birth and tremendous growth of Shawnee during it’s first thirteen years.
  10. The estimated population of Shawnee is 31,361, as of 2020.


Shawnee, Oklahoma
Interesting Facts About Shawnee, Oklahoma