CARLTON LANDING, Okla. - It's founders describe it as a place free of distractions, a place to make a great escape.
Oklahoma's newest town, Carlton Landing, is only a couple of days old, but its pioneering residents have big dreams for it.
Nestled in the woods a few miles south of Eafaula, and a couple miles west of Longtown, Carlton Landing sits alongside Lake Eufaula in Pittsburg County.
The town has a population 56.
Grant Humphreys is the founder.
The town is named after Humphreys' grandfather, who owned property on the lake in the 1970's.
"We grew up coming to the lake and we loved time together at the lake as a family," said Humphreys.
Humphreys loved it so much, he wanted to provide an opportunity for more families to enjoy it.
In 2008, he asked an urban planner to design a master plan for the community.
In 2012, the community's first residents moved in.
On Monday, Carlton Landing was officially incorporated as a town.
"This allows us to chart our own destiny," said Humphreys.
They're off to a good start.
Fifty homes have either been built or are currently under construction.
There are plans for 50 more homes by the end of next year, according to Humphreys.
"The community will grow up to 3,000 homes over the next 30 years," said Humphreys.
Long term plans include a shopping district. Humphreys said a post office and other civic buildings were also likely.
A school, Carlton Landing Academy, already sits along the main street of town.
Humphreys said the town's residents have relocated from areas across the state.
While families of all ages have relocated to town, he expects Carlton Landing to be a popular retirement destination for Baby Boomers ready to leave big city life behind in exchange for a quieter, peaceful community.
For more information on Carlton Landing, including to schedule a tour, visit the town's web site or call 888-619-1889.
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