Place:Gene Autry, Carter, Oklahoma, United States

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NameGene Autry
Alt namesBerwynsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS40004272
TypeTown
Coordinates34.282°N 97.037°W
Located inCarter, Oklahoma, United States
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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.

The Academy of Western Artists is located in Gene Autry but holds its annual awards presentations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

History

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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 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.

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