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 The location of Putnam 

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(within Dewey County, State of Oklahoma)

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Various Identification Codes ...

GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, chose a name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent number has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Putnam: 2412512

GNIS ID for Dewey County: 1101809

GNIS ID for Oklahoma: 1102857

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Putnam:

Place (Community) Code:  61250
State Code:  40 (Oklahoma)
County Code:  043 (Dewey County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  40/61250
State/County Code:  40/043

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of Oklahoma:    40   1102857
Dewey County:    40/043   1101809
Putnam:    40/61250   2412512

GPS Location - GNIS vs Census ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Putnam, it is a point within Putnam that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Putnam, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   35°51'21" N   (or 35.86° N)

Lon:   -98°58'4" W   (or -98.97° W)

Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Putnam - this area also contains a map point. As with the GNIS code, the location of the Census point should be considered as being arbitrary within the sampling area.

For Putnam, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:

Lat:   35°51'21" N   (or 35.86° N)

Lon:   -98°58'4" W   (or -98.97° W)

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 0.79 feet to the south<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

You might note that the GPS location given for the 2010 Census is different than the location that was specified by the 2000 Census:

Lat:   35°51'22" N   (or 35.86° N)

Lon:   -98°58'6" W   (or -98.97° W)

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 241.3 feet to the northwest<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Putnam is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Putnam is located in Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Putnam is located in Region VI (Region 6).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1096970   (Name of Record: Putnam)

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Dewey

Map Name: Putnam

Lat: 35.8556011       Lon: -98.9684274

Elev: 598


GNIS ID #2412512   (Name of Record: Town of Putnam)

Class: civil

A political division formed for administrative purposes (such as a borough, county, incorporated place, parish, town or township).

A 'civil' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'populated place' record. The information contained in the 'civil' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'populated place' classes.

County: Dewey

Map Name: Putnam

Lat: 35.8558925       Lon: -98.96794

Elev: 599

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 40/61250   (Place Name: Putnam)

County: Dewey     (FIPS State/County: 40/043)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Putnam) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Dewey County).

GSA Code: 3880

MRF Code: 1980

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Putnam. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.


The Panormaio photo collection may have pictures for the area around Putnam:

Panoramio.com

Need help with your genealogy? These are excellent websites to start with when searching in and around the area of Putnam and Dewey County:

Cyndi's List for the State of Oklahoma,
        for Dewey County
 
Family Search for the State of Oklahoma,
        for Dewey County
 
USGenWeb for the State of Oklahoma

We have a longer, more detailed list of websites on our Genealogy Helper Page for Putnam.


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau








Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 157 degrees.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2000 Census location is 48 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Putnam.



 
 
 

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