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Greer County museum
Old Greer County Museum & Pioneer Hall of Fame
222 West Jefferson Street
Mangum, Oklahoma 73554
580-782-2852
museum222@att.net

The Old Greer County Museum was established as a depository to preserve and keep the knowledge, history and facts regarding Old Greer County. To protect and commemorate the people, places and things that represented this area previous to Statehood, and provide a lasting memorial for those brave pioneers who carved a home out of an untamed wilderness.

Old Greer County, once a part of Texas, Indian Territory, Oklahoma Territory, is now the present counties of Harmon, Jackson, Greer and all south of the North Fork of the Red River, which is now in Beckham County.

The 1908 Border-McGregor Hospital building and grounds provide a perfect place for the Museum and Halls of Fame for the Old Pioneers and the Young Pioneers. All three floors and basement are filled with theme displays depicting early life in Old Greer County and are open to the public. Over 60 rooms display artifacts of Old Greer County, with room to expand.The grounds surrounding the museum feature a Pioneer Hall of Fame, 250 granite stones engraved with portraits and individual histories; an authentic, furnished half-dugout and windmill; and a fire station with a 1928 Seagraves firetruck.

The Museum of Old Greer County is located at 222 West Jefferson Street, Mangum, Oklahoma. It is open 10:00 to 4:00, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. For more information, please call 580-782-2851. Please visit when you are in Mangum, the county seat of present Greer County. It was named for Capt. A. S. Mangum, a veteran of the Texas Army. Cowboys called the town "Tin City" because the first store was sided with flattened cans. Greer County was named for John Alexander Greer, a lieutenant governor of Texas.

pioneer memorials

Pioneer Memorial

Pioneer Hall of Fame
dugout at Old Greer County museum
In the ol' dugout



In 1993-1994 Greer County volunteers asked for records in courthouse archives containing family information (marriage, probate, divorce, etc.) to be microfilmed by Utah Genealogical Society -and- Greer County Genealogical and Historical Society. A few of records were as early as 1886 but the majority were 1901-1930. Copies of the microfilm rolls, over 100, were placed at Margaret Carder Library, Mangum, Oklahoma in GCG&HS holdings. The library provides a microfilm reader for visiting researchers. Please remember when you write with a request, library staff has limited time for lookups.

The microfilm is in LDS FHC library catalog, Oklahoma, Greer County. Besides the marriage index, probate packets, selected civil (divorce etc) packets, there are Administator records (probate), Bill of Sale records 1886-1899, Civil Appearance Dockets 1896-1932, Commissioner Minute books, Court Journals, Deed Indexes, Election board Precinct Registers, Guardianship records 1902-1929, Naturalization records, School District records. Some of these are UNINDEXED, some are PARTIALLY INDEXED, some are in date order, some are not. There are 114 rolls.

Some of the oldest records of Greer County, Texas 1886-1896 are in Oklahoma Historical Society, placed there in the 1940s. They are also on microfilm. Contact OHS.

While in Mangum stay at the Mangum White House Bed & Breakfast on North Lous Tittle. Conveniently located.

Mangum Chamber of Commerce - 222 West Jefferson - Mangum, OK 73554 - 580-782-2444

Sandy Sanders Wildlife Management Area - 19,000 rugged acres; hunting, fishing ponds, wildlife watching, primitive camping, hiking, equestrian trails, mountain bicycling on 45 miles of unpaved roads - West on SH 9 - Reed, Oklahoma - 580-683-4249

Mangum Golf Course - 9 holes, W of City, 580-782-3676