This book chronicles the development of Caddo, Oklahoma from a collection of tents next to a new railroad to a thriving marketplace for much of southeastern Oklahoma. Imagine how difficult it would have been to feed and clothe families, build and furnish houses, care for the sick and dying, and keep in touch with the rest of the world if brave and tireless men and women had not been willing to risk their fortunes by establishing businesses in the wilderness. They had to take a chance on the economic viability of the community, invest in property, hire employees, gather supplies from established Eastern manufacturers, and convince the local residents to become their customers. Some became quite wealthy, while others left town to try their luck elsewhere. 218 pages.