A few months prior to the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation for
settlement, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad began to extend it's
route west from Mountain View toward Mangum, Greer Co. O.T. In late 1900 or
early 1901, they built a small station and depot about 7 miles west of Mountain
View, called Gotebo. Just why they named it Gotebo is a mystery, other than
the railroad sometimes used Indian names.
In August 1901, the adjoining
townsite called Harrison was opened for settlement. The townsite was on land
owned by A. N. Byers, a vey staunch Republican and probably because of his
influence and political affiliation, it was named for the former US President,
The first postmater William DeLesternier, was
appointed Feb. 25, 1901. There was confusion, as mail intended for Harrison, O.
T. sometimes went to Harrison, AR Also a town with one name and a depot with
another created quite a problem. It appears, according to some records, that the
town of Harrison thought the railroad should change the name to Harrison and the
railroad refused, and the people of Harrison refused to accept Gotebo as their
In 1904, the town of Gotebo was incorporated and shortly after
Harrison was annexed. Harrison eventually accepted the change of it's name to
Gotebo, in honor of a Kiowa Indian, Kau-Tau-Bone. Gotebo, (the way the
white man pronounced his name) was a sub chief of the Kiowa born in
The flood in May 1903, caused damage and death in Gotebo. Hattie
Briles and her 4 year old son were drowned when their home was swept
Gotebo grew to include businesses such as the Lone Star Hotel, Ma's
Hotel, a newspaper, the Harrison Gazette, crystal Ice cream Parlor, Harrison
Bank, Jewelry store, Hardware and Machine shop, Dray Service, Iron Stone and
Brickworks, blacksmith shop, dry goods, doctor and phamarcy, livery barn,Bakery
and Glassware, Grocery stores, Lumber yard, and First National
Gotebo also sent it's young men and women off to war, some to never
return. Today Gotebo is a small farming hub on the prairie.
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