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Gene Autry, Oklahoma

Gene Autry, Oklahoma
Town
Location of Gene Autry, Oklahoma
Location of Gene Autry, Oklahoma
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Carter
Area
 • Total 4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)
 • Land 4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 732 ft (223 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 158
 • Density 39/sq mi (15.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73436
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-28950[1]
GNIS feature ID 1093157[2]

Gene Autry is a town in Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 158 as of the 2010 census,[3] up from 99 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Arts and Culture 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Originally named "Lou" by C.C. Henderson for his wife, the post office was established July 11, 1883. On November 22, 1883, it was renamed "Dresden". The name was changed to "Berwyn" on September 1, 1887, one of several towns along the Santa Fe railroad line through the Oklahoma Territory (re)named for stations on the "Main Line" of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Finally, on November 16, 1941, it was renamed "Gene Autry" to honor the singer and motion picture star. Though Autry was born in Tioga, Texas, his family moved to Oklahoma while he was an infant. He was raised in the southern Oklahoma towns of Achille and Ravia. In 1939 he bought the 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) Flying A Ranch on the west edge of Berwyn, and the town decided to honor him by changing its name. Approximately 35,000 people attended the ceremonies broadcast live from the site on Autry's Melody Ranch radio show. Current Mayor Kyle L Lawson Vice-Mayor John Wickware, Town Council Thressa Walker and Robert Gillio.

Geography

Gene Autry is located in northeastern Carter County at (34.281858, -97.036927).[4] It is bordered to the north by Murray County. A portion of the city of Ardmore, separate from the main part of the city, borders Gene Autry to the east and contains the Ardmore Municipal Airport. The center of Ardmore is 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Gene Autry by highways 53 and 77.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), of which 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.72%, is water. The town's area has expanded significantly to the north of its original location since the 2000 census, when it was 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land. The Washita River cuts across the northeast corner of the town, flowing southeast toward Lake Texoma on the Texas border.

Climate

Climate data for Gene Autry, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.1
(11.7)
58.5
(14.7)
67.7
(19.8)
76.5
(24.7)
82.9
(28.3)
89.9
(32.2)
95.1
(35.1)
95.0
(35)
87.3
(30.7)
77.9
(25.5)
65.7
(18.7)
55.8
(13.2)
75.5
(24.2)
Average low °F (°C) 30.4
(−0.9)
34.4
(1.3)
43.2
(6.2)
53.0
(11.7)
61.0
(16.1)
68.7
(20.4)
72.9
(22.7)
71.8
(22.1)
65.0
(18.3)
54.3
(12.4)
43.3
(6.3)
33.6
(0.9)
52.6
(11.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.5
(38)
2.0
(51)
3.1
(79)
3.5
(89)
5.0
(127)
3.9
(99)
2.1
(53)
2.5
(64)
4.2
(107)
3.8
(97)
2.4
(61)
1.9
(48)
35.9
(912)
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com [5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 99 people, 46 households, and 25 families residing in the town. The population density was 362.7 people per square mile (141.6/km²). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 201.5 per square mile (78.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 78.79% White, 5.05% African American, 7.07% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 5.05% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.08% of the population.

There were 46 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 115.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,667, and the median income for a family was $20,833. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,295. There were 27.3% of families and 30.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 39.3% of those under 18 and 22.2% of those over 64.

Arts and Culture

The Academy of Western Artists is located in Gene Autry but holds its annual awards presentations in Dallas-Fort Worth.[8] Home to the Gene Autry Historical Society which maintains the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum. Re-opened on September 26, 2015.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Gene Autry town, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Historical Weather for Gene Autry, Oklahoma, United States". 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2002 Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Awards," Billboard, July 10, 2002. Accessed May 4, 2015.

External links

  • GeneAutry.com - Official Website
  • Gene Autry, Oklahoma
  • Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum
  • Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Gene Autry (town)
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