Madill may be small in size, but it is overflowing with character. This old railroad town has developed into a cool, countrified community of laid-back locals, mom-and-pop shops and funky annual events.
Founded in 1901 and named after George Alexander Madill, an attorney for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, Madill resides in Marshall County, the smallest county in Oklahoma, and is just a two-hour drive north of Dallas/Fort Worth and South of OKC. Within its three square-mile radius live 3,800 individuals that, despite its small size, love the character and style of Madill enough to happily call it home. This countrified community of laid-back locals, mom-and-pop shops and fun annual events has more to offer than meets the eye.
If you are thinking, “Madill… that sure sounds familiar!” It may be that you enjoy a popular chocolate-covered peanut candy snack. Although it has recently closed, Madill used to boast one of the nation’s largest peanut shelling factories. This small town was supplying peanuts for almost any product in the southwest region that involved the tasty snack. Including, you guessed it, chocolate covered peanut M&M’s. Even though the factory is no longer shelling peanuts, some still find it fun to stop in and see the building that helped produce their favorite treats as a small tourist stop. Aside from the factory, there are many unique places that remain open in Madill and have plenty of life and inspiration to keep this town moving right along, with or without peanuts.
Everybody loves food. It turns out that the residents and tourists in Madill are no different and boy do they love some of the diners and restaurants this little town has to offer. Hobo Joe’s is a family oriented restaurant that offers kind friendly entertainment such as Frisbee plates families can keep to take home as well as board games and chalk walls that customers are more than welcome to draw on. Some specialties include their brick oven pizza and a freshly made, hand-breaded chicken fried steak. Once you have had your fill of pizza, burgers and chicken friend steak, make plans for your next meal at El Tequila Mexican Restaurant. This small but tasty spot sizzles up authentic Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price in a cozy, colorful dining atmosphere. The menu features traditional style dishes such as fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, taquitos, chimichangas and more. A customer favorite is the Especial El Tequila, a main dish entree featuring a combination of beef ribs, chorizo, shrimp, chicken and steak with served with rice and beans and a side salad.
While you are here, make sure to take some time to walk around town and browse the charming shops and specialty stores for unique and interesting finds. Amazing Grace Boutique boasts a fashionable array of retail items including apparel and accessories, jewelry, spirit wear, kid clothing, unique gift items, children's toys and boots. Another quaint shop is Effie’s Unique Boutique. This small country-couture store offers top western brands and vintage pieces to appease the clothe-shopping lover in anyone. However, Madill isn’t known solely for its boutiques. It also has unique events throughout the year that draw in tourists and locals alike.
The most popular event in Madill is none other than its National Sand Bass Festival. This unique festival was established in 1963 and draws in crowds of around 30,000 people each year. During the festival, the downtown square is transformed into something spectacular. For the first full weekend of June, individuals celebrate with festive music, fantastic food, fun competitions, arts, crafts and even a terrapin turtle race! This is truly an event for everybody that nobody wants to miss. If you are planning on making a stop in Madill, we recommend trying to make it happen during this fun, one-of-a-kind festival.
Now that you have decided Madill is going to be your next getaway location, be sure to scope out the other local events and restaurants on our site. We guarantee you will enjoy the town’s simple yet satisfying charm.