Commerce is a city in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,473 at the 2010 census, down 6.5 percent from 2,645 at the 2000 census. and below the peak of 2,555 residents it had had in 1920. Commerce is included in the Joplin, Missouri metropolitan area
Downtown Commerce, looking eastward down Main Street
Location within Ottawa County and the state of Oklahoma
What became Commerce was land that was part of the Quapaw Indian Agency, allocated in the late 1830s. The Quapaw had moved to the area after residing on the west side of the Mississippi River in what later entered the union as the state of Arkansas.
Immigrants arrived and formed a mining camp named Hattonville after Amos Hatton. In 1906, Hatton developed the Emma Gordon zinc and lead mine that had attracted the immigrants.Starting in 1908, the Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri Inter-Urban Railway built a line from Miami to Commerce to serve the mining industry.In a series of steps the line was later acquired by the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. In 1913, the residents called the local post office North Miami, though by June 1914 the post office took the present-day city's name that came from the Commerce Mining and Royalty Company, which had bought the mining camp.
Commerce was the site of two notable events in the mid-1930s. In April 1934, Bonnie and Clyde and their associate Henry Methvin killed Commerce Constable William C. Campbell and kidnapped police chief Percy Boyd.By May, Bonnie and Clyde would both be dead. In 1935, in an event that would later become notable in retrospect, Mickey Mantle's father would move his family to Commerce, to work as a miner.antle would later be nicknamed "The Commerce Comet."
Most mines closed by 1960, with residents turning to occupations such as farming and ranching,
Commerce is located at Miami on U.S. Route 69, which was once part of historic U.S. Route 66.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land. (36.933529, -94.871371), five miles (8.0 km) north of
Monument to Commerce nativeMickey Mantle