Berwyn, OK Renamed Gene Autry


by Rachel Mosman, Associate Photo Archivist

In 1941 the town of Berwyn, in Carter County, changed its name to Gene Autry after the actor and singer. According to Jon May’s article on the town Gene Autry in the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Encyclopedia of History and Culture, “An estimated thirty-five thousand people attended the ceremony on November 16, 1941.” (link:

Images of the ceremony can be found in the Barney Hillerman Collection. To browse these images visit the catalog and type in “autry.” For information on ordering images, follow this link:


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