We are a progressive, quality-oriented community located in the rolling hills of southern Oklahoma. Imbued with ingenuity, a pioneering spirit, and hospitality, we’ve been described as a place where the West meets the South! Incorporated in 1901, it now has a population of 17,000. Ada is located within easy driving distances of three major cities, and is a Main Street City and a Tree City USA member. Ada is large enough to offer many bigger city amenities, such as a four-year university and a thriving business climate, yet still small enough to provide a safe and fun place to raise a family. Ada is home to a world-class EPA water laboratory and the home of the nation’s most progressive tribe, the Chickasaw Nation. Ada is birthplace to the state’s first native-born governor and longtime U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr and evangelist Oral Roberts. Recent products include country music superstar Blake Shelton, NFL player Jeremy Shockey, and Miss Oklahoma 2009 Taylor Treat. Come see us, you’re always welcome here!
The History of Ada
The town, dubbed “Dagg’s Prairie” and “Reed’s Store” in the early days, became “Ada” when a post office was established. Soon, the railroad was laying track through town and the new community was off and running. The town itself made the important early decision to move across Sandy Creek to the “new” downtown area near the railroad tracks, and established a thriving business district surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Very soon, the bustling new town would be home to a state college. Ada, even in the early days, showed a remarkable ability to adapt. Cotton was king in early Ada, and, on market days, the streets of Ada were “white as a snowy day” from the loose cotton. When cotton flagged, oil was discovered in the Fitts Field bringing renewed vitality to the area. As the new economy dawned following World War II, community leaders joined together to seek out and lure new industry to the town. Ada, has been a town of vitality and spirit. From the 25,000 Club to the modern-day Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, the town has displayed the attribute of working together and getting projects completed. While so many other Oklahoma communities, particularly the rural ones, have declined, Ada has managed to grow, prosper, and flourish.