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The city of Ardmore, Oklahoma is the county seat of Carter County. It was established in 1887 as the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad came through the area, making it a cattle loading station. Soon, the town became a trading center for ranchers as well as farmers. The name of the town was suggested by a railroad employee, who suggested it in honor of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, which the train passed through. It was a booming town, and in 1895 more than 10,000 bales of hay were sold there, just before a fire began in a local livery stable, burning the town to the ground. It was rebuilt with stone and bricks. In 1913, oil was struck in nearby Healdton, bringing more people and prosperity to the region, but two years later, a tanker car blew up in the railroad yard, destroying most of the town again and killing 43 people while injuring several hundred more. Ardmore went on to become an oil refinery center and home to the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Plant, owned and operated by Michelin. In 2003, the city made national news when the Killer Ds, 52 Democrat members of the Texas House of Representatives, seeking to deny the legislature a quorum for a US Congressional redistricting plan, left the state and went to Ardmore. Due to their vacation, the redistricting plan was not voted upon in the regular session that year.

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