About This Place
Perkins is a city in Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,272 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Walden Perkins, a congressman who helped establish the local post office. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered here.
Perkins was founded during the Land Run in April 1889. Joseph Wert staked a claim for 160 acres and offered up 40 acres of his land to be established as a township. The town went through three names in its first year- Cimarron, Italy, and then Perkins. It was named after Biship Walden Perkins, a congressman from Kansas that pulled string to establish the post office for the new township.
Perkins is located at 35°58′36″N 97°01′55″W / 35.976598°N 97.031813°W / 35.976598; -97.031813. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), all of it land. Perkins is located on US Route 177 south of its junction with State Highway 33.