Vian is a town in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-OklahomaMetropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,466 at the 2010 census, a 17.6 percent gain from 1,362 at the2000 census. It was named for Big Vian and Little Vian Creeks. Nearby tourist attractions include Lake Tenkiller, Lake Robert S. Kerr and Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.
Vian Town Hall
Location of Vian, Oklahoma
Vian began as a trading post where the primary goods were meat-related between Big Vian and Little Vian Creeks in the Cherokee Nation. When a post office was established in 1886, the first postmaster, Mahala Thompson, wanted to name the town Round Mountain, but the name was already in use and was thus rejected. The post office was therefore named Vian for the two creeks, which get their name from the French word for meat. After the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway laid tracks through the town in 1888, it became an important shipping point for cotton produced in the surrounding farmland. Vian was incorporated and shown officially on maps as a town in 1903. It was the original county seat of Sequoyah County before it was moved to Sallisaw.
Originally, Vian was a more bustling town than what it is today. A theatre and many other venues existed here. Its downfall was seen most keenly when the county seat was moved.
In 2013, one of Vian's oldest buildings burned to the ground in a fire in a neighboring cafe.