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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 & TOWNS
Elmore City; Erin Springs; Foster; Hennepin; Katie; Lindsay; Maysville; Paoli; Pauls Valley; Pernell; Stratford; Wynnewood