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"Ghost" town of 
Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Location:  5 miles east of Shawnee
Existed:  June 2, 1894 - May 15, 1905
Named for:  Isaac Newton Neal

Isaac Newton Neal along with the James Holt family came together in their covered wagon caravan for the homestead "run" in 1891.  The first postmistress was Susan B. Smith.  Dr. Robert C. Ridley came to Neal from Dale in 1900 and bought out the only store from I.N. Neal.  Until Dr. Ridley moved to the town, the nearest doctor was a Dr. Marshall near the old Rock Creek School.  Sidney Schram lived two miles west of Neal, and was Sheriff of the county in 1900.  The first person buried in Neal Cemetery* was a sister of Sam Norton who operated a saloon in Earlsboro.  Bill Schivers had the store and postoffice from 1903 until it closed.

Other old timers included: 

J. M. Gowan
the Ingram family
Emanuel Herbold
John T. Bullock
W.H. Bohannan
C.H. Daniel
James Turner
R.S. Camp
J.H. Wolsey
W.E. Durvall
Henry Doebbeling
James Dunagan
Daniel Hodges
William D. Adams
John Wilkerson
John S. Hale

* Neal Cemetery still exists.

Do you have photos of  Neal, OK  that you would be willing to share so we can post them here?
Please email the Pott County Genealogy Club at
We would love to have pictures of each post office; schools; churches, people/families.


Source: "POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY OKLAHOMA HISTORY" compiled and edited by Pottawatomie County History Book Committee; published by Country Lane Press, Claremore, OK, 1987.