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Mangum, Oklahoma

Mangum, Oklahoma

Mangum, Oklahoma is the Capital of the Empire of Old Greer County and is nestled in the rolling plains of Oklahoma's southwest. Her rich history is filled with pioneer spirit which is immortalized in Granite stone memorials at Mangum's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

Mangum's town site was plotted by H.C. Sweet, a civil engineer of Texas, in 1882, at the request of Captain A.S. Mangum, who was a veteran of the Mexican War and had been granted land script as remuneration for his services in the Texas army by the Republic of Texas. In the beginning, the town was known as "Tin City" due to the use of tin cans that were flattened out and used to cover the cracks between the boards of the first houses constructed.

Visitors will enjoy touring the Old greer County Museum and Hall of Fame filled with artifacts indicative of the pre-statehood days. It is also home to a real half-dugout dwelling and working windmill.

The last weekend in April, over 40,000 people visit the annual Rattlesnake Derby featuring the Southwest's largest flea market with over 500 dealers, and breathtaking displays of - yes - rattlesnakes!

There is a variety of shops in Mangum from Antiques and Collectibles to Home & Electronics. She also has several wee-known eating establishments from grilled onion hamburgers to BBQ and Tex-Mex flavors.

If you enjoy the outdoors, Mangum has a beautiful 9-hole golf course and driving range as well as three parks to enjoy, a public swimming pool and walking trail.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Greer County Courthouse

The historic Greer County courthouse is truly the center of town and the center of activity. The entire square is surrounded by a unique WPA stone wall with corner fountain structures. In the front lawn is a granite plaque with a brief history of the struggle of the Greer County "empire."

Mangum, OK Historic Courthouses

Old Pioneer Hall of Fame

On the grounds of the Museum is the Old Pioneer Hall of Fame to honor the Pioneers who were in this area before 1907. Their picture and history are carved in Pink Granite stone and is unique, as there is none other like it in this country. By 1986, there were 160

Mangum, OK Halls of Fame



Mangum Library & Genealogy Center - WPA

The Native stone building was built in 1936 and was a WPA project. The stone was dug from the ground and hauled in by teams and wagons, each piece of stone was cut by hand by the laborers and put into place.

Mangum, OK Historic Buildings

Things to do near Mangum, OK

Owl Drug and Soda Fountain

Built in the 1920s, the Owl Drug invites you to guzzle down a frothy root beer float or a rich chocolate malt made at the 50s...

Elks Golf & Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Cedar Lakes Golf Course

Course Access: MilitaryHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...