Mannford was named after T. E. Mann, the owner of the land where the Cimarron River could be safely crossed. The crossing was known as Mann’s Ford. Mannford had a school, grocery store and drug store, but when the train station was built in 1903, the town began to grow at a faster rate. When the Corp of Engineers began making plans for flood control that would flood the town of Mannford, citizens united to form a plan to relocate several miles southeast of the original site which was completed in 1963. Mannford is thriving in its new location on the banks of Keystone Lake just minutes from downtown Tulsa.
Mannford has contracted with Rickey Hayes of Retail Attractions to provide economic development consulting services. Mannford is experiencing considerable retail leakage to surrounding communities and is highly motivated to recruit retailers to stop the leakage and has hired Retail Attractions to recruit retailers and restaurants to the area. For more information and a complete demographic profile of Mannford visit Economic Development in Mannford.
The Mannford School District has a reputation for excellence in and out of the classroom. Located in the heart of Mannford, the centralized campus includes all grades from lower elementary to high school. Mannford Public Schools employs over 100 certified staff and enrolls more than 1500 students each year. As a Class 4A school, athletics is also and important element in Mannford. The students enjoy active community support academically and athletically.
Police and Fire
The Mannford Police Department is committed to keeping the residents of Mannford safe and secure. Although Mannford is only minutes from Tulsa, residents enjoy a low crime rate and the comfort of small town living. The Mannford Fire Department has 20 Certified Firefighters and has a Class 5 ISO rating in the city and a Class 8 rating in the rural areas. The safety and security of the residents of Mannford is the top priority for both the police and fire departments.
Mannford Activity Center
Residents of Mannford also have access to the Mannford Activity Center for a nominal monthly fee. The center features a swimming pool with water aerobics, a state of the art fitness center and fitness classes. There are regularly scheduled classes held 5 days a week for all levels of activity, and the facility is open for use from 6 am - 9 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am - 5 pm on Saturday. This facility is a true asset for the residents of Mannford.