Representing Hughes County as its seat, Holdenville is among the safest of central Oklahoma cities. It is located near Little River, the Canadian River and Holdenville City Lake. Citizens of Holdenville enjoy a truly breathtaking landscape with beautiful rolling hills and forests and plenty of little streams and creeks. With an agriculture based economy, Holdenville is a friendly city that offers its residents a wide array of recreational activities and a comprehensive public safety program.
As the county seat of Hughes County, Holdenville is situated at the intersection of State Highway 48 and U.S. Highway 270, approximately seventy-five miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Originally located in the Creek Nation, Indian Territory, a settlement known as Echo (a Creek word meaning "deer") existed before the arrival of the railroad. Echo became known as Fentress with the establishment of a post office on May 24, 1895. George B. Roderick operated a small store there.
In the 1930s five cotton gins and two grain elevators operated. As the Greater Seminole and Hughes County oil fields developed in the 1920s and 1930s, numerous petroleum companies located in Holdenville.
Holdenville Public Schools
210 Grimes Street
Holdenville, OK 74848-4036
Chamber of Commerce
119 North Creek Street
Holdenville, OK 74848