About This Place
Soper is a town in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 600 at the 2000 census. The town was named for P.L. Soper, who was a U.S. attorney in northern district of Indian territory, when the Frisco railroad came through the area in the early 20th century, and the community at that time took the name Soper. One of Soper's claim to fame is that of the bull rider "Freckles" Brown, born Warren Granger Brown, was from the town. "Freckles" Brown was a rodeo performer born in Wheatland, Wyoming on January 18, 1921. He died March 20, 1987, at his ranch in Soper, Oklahoma. Brown is remembered for riding an "unrideable" bull named Tornado in 1967. The bull, owned by Jim Shoulders, had thrown over 200 riders over a 14-year period before Brown's successful ride. Soper has been represented by the Soper High School at the State baseball tournament many times since their first appearance in fall on 1992. The fall 1992 team won runner-up that year, and for many years subsequecnt teams from the school made it to the semi-finals. The Soper High School baseball team finally won the state championship in the spring of 2009.
Soper is located at 34°2′0″N 95°41′48″W / 34.033333°N 95.69667°W / 34.033333; -95.69667 (34.033385, -95.696573). The town is located approximately 12 miles west of Hugo, Ok, the county seat of Choctaw County, and approximately 10 miles east of Boswell, OK. Soper also is used to describe various communities in the area which include Buckhorn, Bluff, Gay, Nelson, and Sugar Creek, most of which were small school districts, which many still stand today, before they were closed and the students began using the Soper public school system. Soper has a volunteer fire department, local gas station and market, a pizza parlor and movie rental, and several prominent families that have been in the area for many years.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.