News and Messages

City to Host Home Based Business Bazaar at the Library December 11 from 9 am to 1 pm

(vendors can set up starting at 8 am)

Light and Water Survey

We want to know!

Please tell us how we are doing.  We are asking City of Watonga Light & Water Department's residential customers to participate in a survey to let us know how you think we are doing in providing electrical service to your home.  Residents could respond to the survey in one of several ways, which include:

By phone.  You may receive a call to answer questions over the phone.  The caller ID will show the call coming from Great Blue Research and the number will show up as 405-786-8606.

By email.  You could receive an email with a link to the survey.  The email will show that it’s coming from research@greatblueresearch.com.  The subject line will read as City of Watonga Light & Water Department  needs your feedback!”

By direct link: You can participate in the survey right now by using this link: http://surveys.greatblueresearch.com/s3/OMPAResidentialSatisfactionSurvey2021Watonga

The survey should only take about 10 minutes or less to complete.  Please help us out by participating in the survey.  Your thoughts and opinions matter to us.  Thank you for your time.

2022 Council Meeting Schedule & City Holiday Schedule

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Job Postings--Light & Water Department

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Power Cost Adjustment Information
Receive Emergency Alerts

Text the word ALERT to 67664 to receive emergency notifications from Watonga Emergency Management

City of Watonga Application for Police Officer

City Hall is Now at 410 W Main Street

The City of Watonga is proud to announce that we have moved City Hall to 410 West Main Street.  Previously, the DHS Building.

The tentative schedule is to have our first City Council Meeting at the new facility October 19, 2021.

Watch for our Open House!

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City officials welcomed Karrie Beth Little as Watonga's new City Manager.  The change to council-manager government gives the city manager more control over the city's day-to-day operations.  Little's first day on the job was August 23.

Watonga is the county seat of Blaine County, located at the junction where State Highways 8 and 33 meet U.S. Highway 270. The Northwestern Oklahoma community grew from a tent city in the midst of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation. It was part of a non-Indian settlement opened in a land run on April 19, 1892.

The town was named for Arapaho Chief Wa-ton-gha, whose name meant Black Coyote. A post office was established in 1892. In 1902, the Enid and Anadarko Railway opened a line extending west from Guthrie and passed through Watonga. The 60-mile leg was the community’s first rail connection and became a vital transportation link for the area’s growing agricultural industry. Four years later, the Blaine County Courthouse was built and remains as one of several in Oklahoma that predate statehood.

In October 1892, Thompson B. Ferguson arrived in Watonga and established the Watonga Republican newspaper. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as Oklahoma’s eighth territorial governor. He served until 1906, leaving office a year before Oklahoma became the nation’s 46th state.

By 1940, the city had grown to a population of more than 2,800. That same year, the Watonga Cheese Factory was established in a building that had formerly served as an ice and electric plant. The factory, famous for its many dairy products, inspired Watonga’s annual cheese festival in 1976. After operating in Watonga for 70 years, damage from Tropical Storm Erin forced the cheese factory to relocate in 2010, but the annual Watonga Cheese Festival continues to be a community celebration every October.

Watonga’s current population is about 3,000. Famous people from the community include native son Clarence Nash, who provided the voice of Walt Disney’s cartoon character Donald Duck.

Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places include the Watonga National Guard Armory, the Blaine County Courthouse, the Noble Hotel, the Thompson Benton Ferguson House, the Cronkhite Ranch House, the U.S. Post Office, and the J. H. Wagner House.

Past Mayors