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Emergency! Sign Up Today for The Connect-CTY Service

By | 2018-04-08T05:23:25+00:00 June 28th, 2009|PragueOK News|

The City of Prague is pleased to announce the launch of the Connect-CTY service, our new city-to-resident notification system. With this service, city leaders can send personalized voice messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive or common-interest issues such as emergencies and local community matters.  The Connect-CTY service will be used to supplement our current communication plans and augment public safety/first responder services.

Please accept our invitation to participate in the Connect-CTY® notification service. We know your personal information is important, and rest assured that we will not share it with anyone. If you have NOT already received a test phone call from us, or you would like to provide additional contact information, click the Connect-CTY image to sign up.

City Officials

By | 2016-06-09T23:00:35+00:00 February 23rd, 2009|PragueOK News|

Bryan Benson,  Mayor, Ward 2

Jason Himle, Council Member, At Large

J.R. Duvall,  Council Member, Ward 1

Jade Parks,  Council Member, Ward 3

Cliff Bryant, Jr.,  Council Member, Ward 4

Jim Greff,  City Manager, jgreff@www.cityofpragueok.org

B.J. Dudley,  Police Chief, praguepolice2003@yahoo.com

Starland Davis Jr.,  Public Works Director, sdavis@www.cityofpragueok.org

Jodie Cooper, Emergency Management Director, prague.em@www.cityofpragueok.org

Josh Pratka, Fire Chief, praguefire@www.cityofpragueok.org

Prague City Services

By | 2018-04-08T05:23:25+00:00 April 25th, 2008|PragueOK News|

                                             City ServicesHaynie Public Library   The Prague Public Library was established in 1937, moved to the location across from city hall in 1972, and to its present location on west Main in 2006 as the Haynie Public Library with many new attractions including a new [...]

The History of Prague

By | 2018-04-08T05:23:25+00:00 April 23rd, 2008|PragueOK News|

The History of Prague Main Street Prague in the early 1900

     The Land Run of 1891 opened the Sac and Fox Reservation and
much of present day Oklahoma for settlement wherein Prague,
Oklahoma got its unofficial beginning.

Among the early settlers of the land run were Bohemians Eva
Barta and her son, Frank Barta. Because of poor political conditions
the pair left Austria while it was under the rule of the Hapsburgs.
Eva later sold her land to Anton Simek, while Frank sold his to Vencl Kozack.

On April 11, 1902, the title of the land owned by Simek and
Kozack was taken by E.L. Conklin, who dedicated the land to the
public on May 17. Eva Barta, along with other settlers, named the
town after Praha, Czechoslovakia. The name was anglicized to
Prague the same year.

The plat of Prague was filed in Lincoln County, Territory of Oklahoma on May 19, 1902. The
following day, residential lots were sold for $25 to $75 and more than $30,000 was raised from the
sale of business lots.

Conklin also was responsible for the Fort Smith and Western Railroad building a train station and
coal chute in Prague as opposed to the town of Lambdin, located two miles east .The first working
train arrived at Prague in the spring of 1903. The first passenger train arrived months later in July
to a large celebration.

By the time the train arrived, Prague had two banks, two hotels, five restaurants, two barber shops,
six saloons, one drugstore, one furniture store, two hardware stores, two meat markets, two lumber
yards, one blacksmith, three doctors and six general merchandise stores.

July 1902 also brought about the first newspaper and telephone service.

Cotton was a fundamental cash crop at that time. The first bale was auctioned off at $0.1575 per pound.
On October 22, 1904 a record-breaking 200 bales sold in one day. More than 10,000 cotton bales were sold
in 1904, bringing in $6,000 to$10,000 per day and helping the town boom.

A $47,000 bond was passed in 1909 allowing the construction of water and lighting systems. The town
began to modernize in 1925 when it assumed $30,000 in bonds to install a sewer system and sewage disposal
plant. Main Street was paved at that time as well.

St. Wenceslaus Parish was in need of a new church when the Rev. George Johnson moved to Prague in 1947.
However, the money needed was not available. Nuns gave Johnson a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague and
said, “The more you honor Him,the more He will bless you.” Johnson placed the statue on a pedestal in the
church. Donations became abundant.

Shortly after, Pope Pius XII granted Johnson and Bishop McGinnis permission to start a shrine to the
Divine Infant since the world famous shrine in Prague, Czechoslovakia was behind the Iron Curtain.

The Oklahoma town named after the famous Catholic city in Europe seemed to be a fitting place to offer
devotion in the Free World, so that all might give honor to the Divine Infant and pray for world peace.
Hundreds of visitors from across the U.S. come to pray at the Shrine and many join monthly pilgrimages.

Fifty years after Prague’s establishment, the town’s people were thinking about a birthday party for the town.
It was the Lions Club who dreamed up a festival with a Czech theme in honor of those who settled the town.
Thus, the Kolache Festival was born.

Kolaches are sweet rolls made by the women of Czech heritage. The first Kolache Festival was in May of 1952
on Prague’s golden birthday. The festival was a huge success and has been held annually since. The festival takes
place the first Saturday in May and includes a parade, street dancing, carnival games, rides and great food.

Currently, Prague has two banks, one hospital, one nursing home, 15 churches, a cemetery, golf course, public
swimming pool, an expanding public school system, a 400-acre city lake with hiking and horseback riding trails,
rodeo grounds, an airport,public library, multiple sporting facilities, a park and many stores and restaurants.

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Main Street Prague in the early 1900

Additionally, many civic, cultural and service organizations call Prague home, as do 2,135 people.

Information about the history of Prague was gathered from the town’s centennial book, “Prague,

The First 100 Years.” To learn more, visit the museum on Jim Thorpe Boulevard.

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