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Information Abstracted From
Adventure Guide To Oklahoma's Lake Country
Pioneer Smith Paul discovered the fertile bottomlands of the Washita River
Valley on trips to California in the early 19th century. When his friends
the Chickasaws were removed from Mississippi to Indian Territory, he came
with them. Because he was married to a Chickasaw woman, he was able to settle
on part of the new tribal lands. Smith Paul and the town that bears his name
- Pauls Valley - flourished in the rich soil and moderate climate.
Agriculture continues to play an important role in the economy of Pauls Valley. Alfalfa, wheat, and peanuts are the main crops grown here. Some of the world's finest quarter horses and cattle are raised on ranches surrounding the city.
Just east of I-35, one hour south of Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley is a thriving community that cherishes its rich history. Its brick street and well preserved historic homes and commercial buildings are treasures that have that have been passed on from generation to generation., The Pauls Valley Historical Society had informative maps of walking and driving tours of Pauls Valley and Garvin County historic sites that illustrate the area's colorful history.
The whole city celebrates its history with the annual Heritage Days in June. Other popular events include Mayfest/Springfest in May, the rodeo in June and a big fourth of July fireworks display. The Christmas season is highlighted by a craft show in November and the Christmas Parade of Lights in December.
For More Information:
Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce
Pauls Valley, Ok. 73075
See the history of Pauls Valley in the Indian Pioneer Collection
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