Prague /ˈpreɪɡ/ is a city in southeastern Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,386 at the 2010 census, an 11.6 percent increase from 2,138 at the 2000 census. Originally settled by Czech immigrants, the city is named for the capital of theCzech Republic.
Location of Prague, Oklahoma
Prague was originally settled by Czech immigrants, after the opening of the Sac and Fox Reservation by a land run on September 22, 1891. The land was owned by Eva Barta who named the new town "Prague" for the Czech capital in Europe. The town incorporated in 1902.
On the first Saturday of May each year there is a 'Kolache Festival'. It celebrates the Czech culture brought from the 'old country.' One can learn more at the Prague Historical Museum on the town's main street, Jim Thorpe Boulevard, which is named for the town's most famous son, the Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. Reflecting its Czech Catholic heritage, Prague is also the home of the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus, which draws numerous visitors each year.
On May 24, 1952, Indian mystic Meher Baba was seriously injured in a head-on automobile collision near Prague.
On November 5, 2011 a series of earthquakes struck near Prague, the first one a magnitude 4.7 at 2:15 AM CST, followed by a series of aftershocks, and then a second quake of magnitude 5.6 at 10:53 PM CST, the strongest recorded in Oklahoma history. This continued on November 7, 2011 when another 4.7 hit at 8:45 PM, just five miles northwest of Prague.
Approximately 1,000 students are served by the Prague Public Schools.
The economy of Prague was initially driven by agriculture, with cotton as the most important crop, and this was still true at the turn of the 21st Century. Industry and commerce were added later.
Prague has a council-manager form of city government.
Prague holds an annual Kolache Festival.