Moffett is a town in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-OklahomaMetropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 128 at the 2010 census, a loss of 28.5 percent from 179 at the 2000 census.
Location of Moffett, Oklahoma
After the Civil War, several Cherokee and Cherokee freedmen settled around the present community of Moffett. A post office was established in 1908 and was named for Martha Moffett Payne, wife of Dr. Samuel Payne. The town became an agricultural center, especially for cotton farmers.
Moffett incorporated in 1928. Its population was 340 at the 1930 census, and peaked at 538 in 1940. Before and during World War II, the town's bars and gambling establishments attracted soldiers from nearby Fort Smith, Arkansas and Camp Chaffee. The U. S. Army declared Moffett "off limits" during the war, and kept the ban in place until 1970. The town began a long decline after World War II. The 1960 census counted 357 residents, and the decline has continued to the present.
Moffett's history has included several damaging floods. The most notable of these occurred in 1943, 1957, 1986, and 1990,
In 2007 the town filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy after Oklahoma's attorney general declared it was operating a speed trap, and barred local police from issuing speeding citations. Without the steady stream of citation revenue generated from motorists passing through on U.S. Highway 64, the town is unable to manage the $200,000 in debts incurred by the former mayor.
Moffett is located at Fort Smith, Arkansas. (35.389791, -94.446286). The town is located in the Arkansas River floodplain, across the river from
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.