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Empire of Greer

Beckham County
Location: on OK-66 in Texola
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Government, Settlement Patterns

This marker is on the 100th Meridian, now the west boundary of Oklahoma. Under the terms of the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 it was the international boundary between the United States and Spanish Territory. Ownership of Old Greer County (the area between the North Fork of Red River and Red River) was claimed by fourteen different governments from 1629 to 1896 when the US Supreme Court declared the area part of Oklahoma Territory.


Beckham County
Location: four miles south and one mile west of intersection of OK-6 and 152 south of Elk City
Material: Granite
Topics: Retail, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Early Statehood 1907–1941, Education

The Highway community was founded in 1892. At one time the town contained two general stores, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, and a grain mill. A new consolidated school building was dedicated in 1922. The school closed in 1957.

Old Greer County

Beckham County
Location: on US H66, in the roadside park, one mile south of Sayre
Topics: Empire Period 1541–1803, Settlement Patterns, Government

Greer County was named and governed as part of Texas from 1860 until 1896 when a US Supreme Court decision made it part of Oklahoma Territory. This county area was claimed by fourteen different governments from 1669 to Oklahoma statehood in 1907; since then it has been divided into three counties and the south part of Beckham County.

Spanish Road Crossing

Beckham County
Location: on Hwy 283 north of Sayre
Sponsored by: Chrissy MacDougall c/o Charlies Abernathy
Topics: Empire Period 1541–1803, Transportation, Government, Indian and Frontier Trade

The Spaniards developed the first-known trail in Oklahoma. Deep, indelible ruts were cut into the prairie by heavily laden wooden carts. Known as the Great Spanish Road to Red River, it connected Santa Fe and Natchitoches. The real beginning of highway construction was under Governor Holloway with Alvin Moore as State Senator.

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