Guymon is a city in and the county seat of Texas County, Oklahoma.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,442. The 2012 census estimate grew to 11,930.Cattle feedlots, corporate pork farms, and natural gas dominate its economy, with wind energy production and transmission recently diversifying land owners farms.
Location within Texas County and Oklahoma.
In the 1890s, Edward T. “E.T.” Guymon purchased a section of land west of the Beaver River, also known as the North Canadian River. The site grew very rapidly after the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway began to pass through it after 1901. The town, first namedSanford, 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.
The Anchor D Ranch is located nearby.
Located on the High Plains of the central Oklahoma Panhandle Guymon sits 122 miles (196 km) north of Amarillo, Texas and 120 miles (193 km) west-northwest of Woodward, Oklahoma. Optima National Wildlife Refuge, Optima Lake and the state-run Optima Wildlife Management Area lie roughly 16 miles (26 km) to the east along the North Canadian River.
Guymon is located at
36°40′58″N 101°28′54″W (36.6828041,-101.4815493) and sits at an elevation of 3,126 feet (953 m). According to theUnited States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2), of which 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) (0.27%) is water.
Guymon residents are served by the Guymon School District. The city has eight elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school, whose team mascot is the Tiger.