Garvin County, OK

Garvin CountyGarvin County was named for Samuel Garvin, a prominent Chickasaw Indian. This area was a part of the Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory before Oklahoma's Statehood.

History is rich here. Goldseekers crossed Garvin County in 1849 on the California trail, and military roads passed through here long before statehood. Fort Arbuckle, important in civilizing the west, was established near the county's southern boundary in 1851. It was the initial point from which all surveys were made in allotting lands and determining property ownership in what became Oklahoma. Fort Arbuckle was abandoned in 1870 and little remains today.

Famed aviation and space pioneer, Wiley Post grew up in Maysville. The Washita Valley Historical Museum in Pauls Valley has archeological and anthropological exhibits of this area. The Eskridge Hotel in Wynnewood, circa 1907, retains the atmosphere of pioneer days and also has a small museum. At Erin Springs near Lindsay, stands the largest farm in cultivation in all Indian Territory.

Garvin County is the center of the area's agricultural industry which includes production of livestock, mostly beef, and a variety of crops such as, pecans, peanuts, soybeans, alfalfa, corn and broomcorn. Oil, however, continues to contribute to economic growth of the area, known to oilmen as Oklahoma's Golden Trend. A major petroleum refinery is in Wynnewood and working wells and drilling rigs are spotted throughout the county.

Pauls Valley is the county seat of Garvin Count;y and was named after pioneer settler Smith Paul, who was the first white settler in this part of the Washita River Valley, and who owner much of the Valley. In 1847, Smith Paul described this portion of the Indian Nation as "a section where the bottom land was rich and blue stem grass grew so high that a man on horseback was almost hidden in its foliage".

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Historic Registered Downtown

Twelve blocks in the downtown business district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking and Driving Tour Maps of Historical Pauls Valley are available at the depot, the Chamber of Commerce and the MAIN STREET PAULS VALLEY office. Listed in the tour guide are 61

Pauls Valley, OK Historic Downtowns

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park

G.W. Zoo, located west of Wynnewood, Okla., at I-35 and Exit 64, was established in 1999 as a non-profit, no-kill sanctuary for abused and abandoned wildlife. The 16

Wynnewood, OK Zoos

Moore-Settle House

Three-story, circa 1899 home listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Wynnewood, OK Historic Homes

Murray Mansion

At Erin Springs near Lindsay, stands the largest farm in cultivation in all Indian Territory. The owner of this land and the 1880 handsome, three-story home was rancher, Frank Murray. He owned 20,000 acres with corn fields three miles wide and five miles long.

Lindsay, OK Historic Homes

Garvin County Courthouse

Part of the Historic Downtown tour the Garvin County Courthouse was built in 1918.

Pauls Valley, OK Historic Courthouses

Washita Valley Museum

The Historical Society works diligently to preserve Pauls Valley'

Pauls Valley, OK Museums

Nunley House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wynnewood, OK Historic Homes

Presbyterian Church

Part of the Historic Downtown tour the Presbyterian Church was built in 1923.

Pauls Valley, OK Historic Churches

Warren Petroleum Plant

Largest of its kind in the world.

Maysville, OK One Of A Kinds

Santa Fe Depot Museum

After a victorious battle to save the 1905 depot from demolition in 1989, the city officials finally secured ownership of the old Santa Fe Depot and turned it over to the Historical Society to renovate and manage. In 1991

Pauls Valley, OK Museums

Pauls Valley Municipal Golf Course

The Pauls Valley Municipal Golf Course is a 9-hole course that has bent grass greens and bermuda fairways, and, along with a driving range and practice area, provide an enjoyable golfing experience. Golf lessons are available from the head golf pro, Frankie Rinehart (PGA)

Pauls Valley, OK Golf Courses

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