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Stop 22: Mangum

Directions: Return to I-40, go west to OK 34, and then turn south for Mangum.

Mangum, the seat of Greer County, offers an interesting wildlife watching site at the bridge just south of town on US 283. This is the Salt Fork of the Red River, and if you are heading south there is a turnoff on the left that allows for parking. Take care not to travel too far down the sandy track unless your vehicle has four-wheel drive.

In spring and summer, the bridge is home to hundreds of Cliff Swallows. This is an excellent spot to watch these industrious and expert flyers. Along the river's edge look for dragonflies such as Common Sanddragon. Butterflies flit from flower to flower, and Mississippi Kites can be seen along the river.

The bed and breakfast located along US 283 is the best bet for lodging in Mangum. Downtown, take a moment to tour the historic county courthouse. Once a part of Texas, Greer County became part of Oklahoma when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Texas border ended at the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, rather than the North Fork as claimed by Texas

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