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Broken Arrow is a city located in northeastern Oklahoma in Tulsa County. It is the largest suburb of Tulsa. As of the 2004 census estimates, the city had a total population of 100,399.

The name comes from a Creek community who established a new town site in a place where reeds for making arrow shafts grew plentifully.

The town's Creek name, Rekackv (pronounced thlee-Kawtch-kuh), meaning broken arrow, was not "official" until the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway company built a railroad which ran through the area.

MKT was granted town site privileges along the route. They sold three of the as-yet-unnamed sites in 1902 to the Arkansas Valley Town Site company.

W.S. Fears, secretary of the company, was allowed to choose and name one of the locations. He selected a site about 18 miles southeast of Tulsa and about five miles north of the thlee-Kawtch-kuh settlement and named the new town site Broken Arrow.

Kristin Chenoweth, actress and soprano, formerly of The West Wing TV series is a notable resident.


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