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Otey Co. and the Barn on Main
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Otey Co. and the Barn on Main
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Alex, OK


When driving through Chickasaw Country, be sure to stop in Alex to experience a small town with big heart and history! Shop for local school spirit items at Alex Florist, and try a meal at Longhorn Express.

What To Do

Small-town Alex has big shopping opportunities. Alex Florist sells a variety of Oklahoma-made products, the most delicious truffles, gameday apparel and, of course, all things plants! Just down the road at Otey Co. and the Barn on Main you will find the newest fashions and accessories, like shoes, bags and hats. A hair and nail salon are also located inside Otey Co. Talk about a one-stop shop! Attached to Otey Co. is the Barn on Main, an event venue able to accommodate weddings, birthdays, reunions and more in the spacious 5,000-square-foot barn - complete with a 5-foot chandelier!

When hunger strikes, head to Longhorn Express to find hamburgers and daily specials.

History

To the southwest of Chickasha, sits the small town of Alex. Measuring in with a population of a little over 500, it’s easy to think of Alex as just another small town in Chickasaw Country, but talk to any resident, and it soon becomes clear that there are many features that make the town stand apart.

First settled in 1878 (39 years before Oklahoma statehood) by William Alexander and his family, like many towns, Alex was born from the need for a trading post and postal service in the area. Alex was established in 1885 when William Alexander founded the first post office in a trading post by his home. When a railroad was finished 1904, the town saw an increase in goods and businesses. 

Like many prairie towns, Alex faced a number of hardships in its early years, including tornadoes, outlaws, animal attacks, and the changing government. But history records the town facing the challenges with resourcefulness and resilience, overcoming the obstacles.

Today, the town of Alex is invigorated with events that center on hometown life. The high school football team won their first championship in 2014, led by Coach Matt Brand, who is himself an Alex native.

It is also impossible to miss that the history of Alex still runs deep and true, even today. Even today, roughly 30% of the population of Alex can trace their family to the Chickasaw nation.

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