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Garvin County lies within the Red Bed Plains and Sandstone Hills physiographic regions. The Washita River, Rush
Creek, and Wildhorse Creek flow southeast across rolling hills toward the Arbuckle Mountains in the south. Interstate
35 and State Highways 74, 76, and 18 run north and south through the county, while State Highways 7, 19, and 29
remain the principal east-west thoroughfares.
Garvin County took its name from Samuel J. Garvin, who moved to the Chickasaw Nation near Whitebead in 1870 and
became a prominent cattleman, merchant, and banker. Citizens selected Pauls Valley as the county seat over Wynnewood
and Elmore City on June 20, 1908. Named after Smith Paul, an early settler in the region, Pauls Valley served as
the trade center for the fertile Washita River Valley, "a section," according to Paul, "where the
bottom land was rich and the blue stem grass grew so high that a man on horseback was almost hidden in its foliage."
[excerpt from "History of Garvin County" by Esther Cornelia
Bellows, (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1932). Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 17 August 1935.]
The county seat is Pauls Valley
Cities and Towns
* Elmore City * Erin Springs * Foster * Hennepin * Katie * Lindsay
* Maysville * Paoli * Pauls Valley * Pernell * Stratford * Wynnewood
Garvin County Online Data
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* Murray County (southeast)
* Carter County (south)
* Stephens County (southwest)
* Grady County (northwest)
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