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Mangum was the boyhood home of Wilbanks Smith, an outstanding football player and wrestler. He and Mangum High School classmate, Dale Holderman, competed at the collegiate level for Oklahoma A&M, a school known today as Oklahoma State University.

As a wrestler, Wilbanks helped teammate, Gene Nicks, earn the NCAA heavyweight Championship. In football, he earned notoriety as the perpetrator of the "Johnny Bright Incident." This event, with its overtones of racism and poor sportsmanship, was the subject of the 1952 Pulitzer Prize winner in photojournalism. His actions were, presumably, directed by the coaching staff, but Wilbanks Smith courageously accepted full responsibility. After graduation, he embarked upon a successful career in engineering and community service.


Come visit us in Mangum, Oklahoma

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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



Things to do Famous People near Mangum, OK

"Noted Notables"

Mangum was the boyhood home of Wilbanks Smith, an outstanding football player and wrestler. He and Mangum High School ...