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Devol is a town in Cotton County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 151 at the 2010 census, an increase of 0.7 percent from 150 at the 2000 census. The town is named for J. Fiske Devol, who owned the land on which it stands.HistoryThe community of Devol began in 1907, when the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway Company laid tracks through the area. A post office was established there on November 30, 1907. The railroad became a subsidiary of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (MK&T or Katy) in 1911. By that year, the town had about 400 residents.Discovery of the nearby Burkburnett Oil Field in 1918 initiated a brief boom in Devol. At least two refineries were built in the area, along with several oil pipelines. The 1920 census showed the population was 1,936. The town had the first dynamo in the area used for power in one of the two dance halls. Devol is said to have had a four churches, lumber store, feel store, a hotel, two dance halls/bars, a brothel and hundreds of small structures to rent as a home during the growing Burk boom. However, the boom ended in 1922, and most of the people related to that business moved away. The town bank failed in 1927. In 1930, the population of Devol was only 328. The 1940 census showed 208 residents.Legend has it just before World War II the oil refineries office was visited by the local Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in full dress whites and demanded the program manager fire all calorics at the plant in support of the pending war. The manager was said to reply “That is a good idea!….. one I had not thought of…. give me the week end to think it over and I will let you know on Monday.” Monday morning the group returned to find the refinery was closed and the gate had a pad lock on it. The manager had moved himself and his family out of town on the Saturday train. After this closure the population was said to have dropped by 1000 within a month.
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