1st and only oil boom town in county. Est. 1927 when No. 1 McCullygushed as 1st mile-deep well in state. By 1928, 14 wells produced25,000 bbls. Grew to 1,000 pop., declined after refinery fire.Rock school bldg. and frame store bldg. remain1 ml. S. Some wells still operate.
Directions to Roxana. From Crescent, OK drive 11 miles north to Hwy 51, turn left and go 2 miles to the intersection of 51 and 74E (to Marshall) but continue on West 2 miles and turn left and go 1 mile South. On Hwy 51 there is a marker about Roxana that will tell you where to turn. The school is across from the old refinery and store. Some signs of refinery by the creek.
*Note: School building no longer there, 2007
Probably the most interesting community was Roxana, as the historical marker shows. Roxana was located in the SW corner of section 20, and is no longer in existence. The name comes from one of the wives of Alexander the Great, and was proposed by Mrs. Marcus S. Abrhams. Mr. Abrahams established the Roxana Petroleum Company in the area for the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company.
On current Oklahoma maps, the place has no name. But in 1927, it was the wildest, most wicked oil boomtown in the state. A huge gusher made a poor farmer a millionaire overnight and people came here from everywhere looking for work. The town couldn't be built fast enough.