Haskell, I.T. (Indian Territory), was legally incorporated October 2, 1905. The name honors Charles N. Haskell, who in 1907 became the first governor of Oklahoma. In the early 1900's Haskell, a resident of Muskogee, was a railroad developer and promoter. Railroads were in the business of establishing town sites to create a demand for their services. Eighty acres was purchased from Amos Rolland, a full-blood Creek, and conveyed to the Midland Valley Railroad’s town site company. Since that number of acres was thought to be inadequate, an additional eighty acres was obtained and platting began for town lots that became Haskell.