with Gary Horcher
Horntown, OK: Air date May 20, 2000
Somewhere between Shawnee and McAlester, you might see a brand-new sign with a name you surely never heard of. And since you may wonder what direction you're headed, you might pull over to find out where you are. The most confusing thing about Horntown is passing through it but not finding it mentioned anywhere. In fact, we couldn't find a map with Horntown on it.
To get an education about the local geography, we headed to Steve's Texaco. Steve is the mayor of Horntown and the manager of the Horntown Texaco, which is actually older than the town.
You see, Horntown, as it exists today, is only four years old. Nearly 100 years ago, there was a place nearby called Horntown. Folks moved away and the name was forgotten until Steve called the Capitol to bring the name back--and the state agreed.
Steve enjoys the tourists who travel through. "We're so far from any town," he says, "they come in wanting to know where the restrooms are." The curious might enjoy the localdeer hunting wall of fame. It seems they ask the same tired question of the mayor. "Some people come by and want to know if there's anybody horny in this town," says Steve. "I say 'nope, that's 80 miles south. That's in Antlers.'"
Horntown has 52 official residents and a fire department. And, thanks for the bathrooms at the local Texaco, they have one of hte most visited tourist spots in the state.
in to News 9 next Saturday to see where Gary travels