Gene Autry, Oklahoma

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Gene Autry is a town in Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 99 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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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, Gene Autry. Born in Texas, Autry's family had 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.

Geography

Gene Autry is located at 34°16′55″N 97°2′13″W / 34.28194°N 97.03694°W / 34.28194; -97.03694 (34.281858, -97.036927)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

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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/sq mi (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.

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