Gene Autry is a town in Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 158 as of the 2010 census, up from 99 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ardmore, OklahomaMicropolitan Statistical Area.
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Location of Gene Autry, Oklahoma
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. Though Autry was born in Tioga, Texas, his family moved toOklahoma while he was an infant. He was raised in the southern Oklahoma towns of Achilleand 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.
Gene Autry is located in northeastern Carter County at (34.281858, -97.036927). It is bordered to the north byMurray County. A portion of the city of Ardmore, separate from the main part of the city, borders Gene Autry to the east and contains theArdmore Municipal Airport. The center of Ardmore is 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Gene Autry by highways 53 and 77.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), of which 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.72%, is water. The town's area has expanded significantly to the north of its original location since the 2000 census, when it was 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land. The Washita River cuts across the northeast corner of the town, flowing southeast toward Lake Texoma on the Texas border.