Location of Paden, Oklahoma
It is the only town in the United States to be named for a Deputy U.S. Marshal.Paden can be found in the book "The Grapes Of Wrath" as a pit stop for the Joad family. The town was once a stop on the Fort Smith and Western Railway and was once a big oil boom town. Every June, the volunteer fire department hosts the Paden Fireman's Picnic, or known by the residents as Paden Day. The events include a small parade, barbecue and fish fry, and entertainment and door prizes. Most of the communities events revolve around the school. Paden public schools enroll approximately 200 students, K-12, each year. The mascot is the Pirate and their colors are orange/black. Sports include fall and spring baseball, fast and slow pitch softball, basketball, track, and academic team. The teams are a part of the Little River Conference and are usually in the Class B classification. The Paden Restoration Society and Paden Main Street Organization are two new groups in Paden. Paden has eleven churches in the community. Creek Indians, as well as Choctaw, Cherokee, Sac and Fox, and Seminole Indians, make up much of the population. The town's original land was given by a Creek Indian as part of their allotment. The Paden Indian Community has won the Creek Nations "Nene Hvkoce" walking program the last two years and has received a walking trail.