Guymon, Oklahoma

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Guymon is a city in and the county seat of Texas County, Oklahoma, United States.[3] The population was 10,472 at the 2000 census, making it the largest city on the Oklahoma Panhandle

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History

In the 1890s, Edward T. “E.T.” Guymon purchased a section of land west of the Beaver River. The site grew very rapidly after the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway began to pass through it after 1901. The town, first named “Sanford,” was later renamed “Guymon” by railroad officials in order to avoid confusion with the town of Stratford, Texas, which was further down the line. Guymon incorporated in 1901.

The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has offered tributes to the community’s pioneer spirit every May since the 1930s. The Rodeo is the 5th Largest Outdoor Rodeo and the 10th Largest Rodeo in Prize Money in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 2006, the rodeo had over 900 contestants with over $385,000 in prize money.[4]

The Anchor D Ranch, the largest in No Man's Land, was located nearby.

Geography

Located on the High Plains of the central Oklahoma Panhandle Guymon sits 105 miles (169 km) north of Amarillo, Texas and 120 miles (193 km) west-northwest of Woodward, Oklahoma. Optima National Wildlife Refuge and Optima Lake lie roughly 16 miles (26 km) to the east along the North Canadian River.

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