Article taken from the Mountain View Progress, 1905 Tornado
|City: Mountain View, Kiowa County|
|The Town of Mountain View
was born as a "tent city" in Washita County,
and grew up as a permanent community in Kiowa County. In
1897, the railroad built a roundhouse here so the trains
could turn around to return to Chickasha. Standing on
that site in 1898, railroad officials suggested the name
In 1903, land was sold in the new Town of Mountain View, and by the end of the year, the Town's poulation was over 1,000. The Depression and the Dust Bowl drove many people from western Oklahoma, but the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) built a number of lasting structures in Town. After World War II, Mountain View lost many of its people to areas with industrialized jobs.
Today, Mountain View is a great example of a small, rural community in Southwest Oklahoma trying to find an economic identity. The Town provides excellent Municipal services and a variety of amenities. The Downtown offers a wonderful possibility for driving the Town's economic revitalization. Toward that end, Mountain View became a "Main Street" Community in 1995.
In 2004, the Town will become one of three "anchors" for the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway, a route that will help create additional tourism-related demands for the goods and services in the Mountain View economy.
Mountain View has received a Community Development Block Grant to inventory infrastructure features for Capital Improvement Planning (CIP).
Community Website: www.mountainviewok.com