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The town was founded in 1905 and originally named Bigheart, for the Osage Chief James Bigheart. It was initially a 160-acre site along the Midland Valley Railroad in March, 1905. The railroad opened Bigheart Station in September, 1905 and the Bigheart Post Office opened in January, 1906. The town was exempted from the Osage allotment, so lots could be sold to anyone. Lots were auctioned in May, 1906. The first newspaper, the Bigheart Star, first appeared in 1906.

Joshua Cosden built the Southwest Refining Company oil refinery in 1910. He sold it to Stone and Webster of Boston, Massachusetts in 1917. The Barnsdall Oil Company had discovered the nearby Bigheart (later Barnsdall) oilfield in 1916. The Barnsdall Oil Company, bought the refinery in 1921. The town was renamed on January 1, 1922 in honor of Mr. Barnsdall.

The town of Barnsdall experienced a tornado in April 1911, a major fire in March 1913 and a flood in September 1915. Despite these calamities, the population increased from 307 in 1910 to 2,099 in 1920. That proved to be the high point of population in the town.

Barnsdall Refining Company renamed itself Bareco Oil Company in 1940. It ceased refining oil in 1946 and began producing microcrystalline waxes that year. Petrolite Corporation (now part of Baker Hughes Inc.) bought Bareco and has continued to operate the plant.

E. L. Doherty bought the holdings of Theodore N. Barnsdall, founder of Barnsdall Oil Company, in 1912.

Our city if governed by the Mayor with four (4) city council members.

City Council meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 4:30 pm at City Hall:  January 4th, February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th, July 8th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th & December 5th 2024.

409 W. Main
City Hall
Barnsdall, OK 74002

Important Message from City Officials


  • City Hall will be closed March 29, 2024 in observance of Good Friday.
  • City Hall taking BIDS on Mowing, Trimming & Edging of the Ethel Reese Cemetery.  Deadline to return BIDS is 3/28/2024.
  • Steve Hughes new City Code Enforcer.
  • City Court will be held Thursday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ordinance #2023-07-01 amended July 5, 2023 regarding tampering with new SET meters. Original document posted at City Hall.
  • Please take advantage of online bill pay or drop box.
  • Survival Flight EMS, LLC Ambulance Service to reside in Barnsdall Beginning October 1, 2023.
  • Ambulance Service Fee $15.00 per month.
  • Police Service Fee $5.00 per month for better coverage, Police training & compensation.
  • We are using the readings from the new SET meters for the water bills.
  • If you have any questions or need to report an issue, please call City Hall at (918) 847-2980
  • Code of Ordinances added to web site. Hard copy available at City Hall.

Online Services

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You can quickly pay your utility bill online from the comfort of your home

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or by phone (918) 847-2980
or by drop box available at City Hall


Fire Department

Michael Kelley– Fire Chief
412 S 5th,
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2255

Police Department

John Ferguson–  Interim-Police Chief
409 W Main St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2285

Animal Control

Michael Dyer
409 W Main St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 510-4628

City Hall – City Clerk

Lisa Yarber
409 W Main St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2980
[email protected]

Mayor’s Office

Johnny Kelley– Mayor
409 W Main St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2795

Public Works Authority

Kris Davis– Plant Supervisor
Hwy 11 Waterplant
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-3522

Public Library

Cecilia Hibdon
412 S 5th St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2118

Municipal Court

Harvey Payne-Judge

Melynna Hutchison-Court Clerk
409 W Main St
PO Box 879
Barnsdall, OK 74002
Meetings held monthly

(918) 847-2795

City Attorney

John Heskett
2401 Nowata Place
Suite A
Bartlesville, OK 74006

(918) 336-1773

City Hall – Treasurer

Melynna Hutchison
409 W Main St
Barnsdall, OK 74002

(918) 847-2980