About This Place
Elmore City is a town in Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 756 at the 2000 census. It was named after J. O. Elmore.
The first business in Elmore City was opened by Jasper N. Black in an area just northeast of what is now Elmore City. Black was an enterprising man who knew that the settlers needed a place to buy supplies without having to travel to the east to what would become Pauls Valley. Historians state that after Black opened his supply store in 1890 on Rock Creek, the number of settlers quickly grew and a community was formed called Banner. Banner quickly spread to the southwest and a post office was established and the name changed to Elmore for J. O. Elmore, another prominent business man. According to the Gideon Book of Historical Places, the word city was added to Elmore after the name was confused with Elmer. The city was incorporated as a community in 1898 with Black serving as the first mayor. He served two terms. Elmore City was rapidly developed and was rated as the best inland town in the county, so much that it was considered along with Wynnewood and Pauls Valley for the county seat, but was forced to drop out of the race as the other two began to develop.
The plot of the 1984 movie, Footloose, is loosely based on events in Elmore City since dancing was banned for almost 100 years in this city. This ban was lifted in 1980. In 1980, the graduating class made history by getting permission to dance at the prom. Various citizens were featured on an anniversary edition of the Footloose DVD, recounting the events that led to the change in city code that allowed students at Elmore City High School to hold their first prom.