Actually, that is not true. I don't know how long it has been around, but my family has lived there since the Land Run.
Not familiar with the Land Run? Well rent Far and Away, insert my family in for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, minus the super famous, super weird, Hollywood part, and you have my family history. This part is totally true. My great great grandparents came over from Ireland and ran in the land race and somehow ended up in the armpit of Oklahoma. No literally, it is is the armpit. Right next to the panhandle, near the Texas border.
My grandpa was born 1/2 block from where he lives now. He is the youngest of eight children, hence why I have 359,008 cousins. And in all my travels, in all the cities, towns and villages I have been to, this dinky, no-name town of 400 people, is my favorite place earth.
I feel like a super giant kid when I visit. Generations of us all pile on top of each other for annual cookouts, swimming parties, late-night movie marathons and endless hours of chatting and laughing. There is a sense of comfort, safety, familiarity and bliss about this place and I feel it the minute I drive into town.
So, if you ever find yourself in northwest Oklahoma, somewhere between Podunk and Slap Out (those are real names, people), be sure to keep your eyes open for a small town called Gage. If you blink, you will indeed miss it. And that would be a crying shame because there are some darn fine people in that town and I guarantee I am related to most of them.