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Stillwater is a city in Payne County, Oklahoma. The population was 39,065 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Payne County. Founded December 12, 1884 it was the first settlement in the Unassigned Lands.

Oklahoma State University is the largest employer, biggest land-owner, and cultural center of the town.

A quintessential college town, Stillwater has undergone tremendous changes in the past decade with the opening of several new strip malls and shopping centers.

More national chains are moving in to replace regional and locally owned businesses, fueled by the expanding population and bulging youth demographic.

Alcohol plays a large part in the culture of Stillwater and there is a thriving bar district near campus referred to as "The Strip." Although the Strip technically is only Washington Street between 6th Street (Highway 51) and University Street, colloquially it can also cover other bars within walking distance, such as the Stonewall or Eskimo Joe's.

Pop punk band The All-American Rejects formed in Stillwater.

Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State University with enrollment of over 21,000 students in 2002. Notable alumni include country singer Garth Brooks and former NFL running backs Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, graduated from the school when it was known as Oklahoma A&M.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in 1976 in Stillwater. (

The first Sonic Drive In is located in Stillwater on Main Street.

The shopping cart was invented in Stillwater in 1937 by Sylvan Goldman.


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