City – History

History of Commerce, Oklahoma

The small community of Commerce, located on the north edge of Miami, started during Ottawa County's mining boom in the early days of the 20th century. In 1905, George A. Coleman and Alfred Coleman were under contract to drill a well at the edge of a small mining camp on land now occupied by the city. Bill Waddel was doing the acutal drilling when traces of iron pyrites were found in the shale cuttings. James F. Robinson and Charles Harvey joined the Coleman brothers in developing the strike. Eventually, it would turn into one of the richest lead-zinc areas in the world.In the beginning, the name of the town kept changing--from North Miami to Hattonville to Geneva and then back to Hattonville.Finally, the four partners bought the town and named it after their business corporation, The Commerce Mining and Royalty Company.Mickey Mantle, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was raised in Commerce.The 2000 census lists the city's population as 2.645 with 968 households. The city is continuing a monthly law mower racing project that brings drivers to the "old high school football stadium" for the monthly competition.The race is a fund-raising event sponsored by the COmmerce Parks Committee. All proceeds are used in projects that beautify the town's puplic parks.The Commerce Development Authority meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at the city hall.