Originally named Coo-Y-Yah, Cherokee for Huckleberry, it was renamed Pryor Creek in 1887, the name of the local railroad station (named for the creek). Due to confusion in distinguishing handwritten mailing addresses to Pryor Creek and Pond Creek, the U.S. Postal Service name for the city was shortened to Pryor, though the official name of the city remains Pryor Creek.
|Pryor Creek, Oklahoma|
|Nickname(s): A Town For All Seasons|
Location of Pryor Creek within Oklahoma
Pryor Public Schools includes four primary, one junior high school, one senior high school, a performing arts auditorium and a basketball arena.
Pryor Creek is also home to Northeast Technology Center-Pryor and Pryor Beauty College.Rogers State University has a branch campus in Pryor.
MidAmerica Industrial Park is located about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Pryor.
In May 2007 Google announced its plans to build a large Internet data center at the Mid-America Industrial Park. The $600 million facility is now open and employs around 100 people. Google shut the worksite down in 2008 because of the status of the United States economy and work on its overseas projects and affairs,then restarted the project in October 2010 and opened at the end of September 2011.
Area recreational facilities include a brand new state of the art municipal recreation center that includes an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, meeting rooms and a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. Pryor also has five city parks, Whitaker, Centennial, Roosevelt, Bobby Buck, Earl Ward, as well as a softball & baseball complex. Earl Ward Park is home of the city-owned 18-hole golf course and is located just east of the industrial park on Highway 69A. Pryor is also just a few miles away from Lake Hudson, Grand Lake and Ft. Gibson Lake