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Author - Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

Jewel Theatre

Jewel Theatre

Owned and constructed in July 1931 by Hathyel L. and Percy H. James the Jewel Theatre is the last remaining African American theatre left in Oklahoma City. Featuring buff brick it contained a...

Wolf School

Wolf School

Previously the growing community of oil workers’ children attended Wolf School in a small swayback building. With the oil town starting to boom throughout the 1920s it was evident that a modern...

Canadian County Jail

Canadian County Jail

In March 1905, the Commercial Club submitted a petition to the County Commissioners requesting a new county jail. A month later a resolution was passed to erect a brand new jail but the location was...

Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base

Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base

Clinton Naval Air Station After eight months of construction on the alfalfa fields just south of Foss the war project was finally complete and the Clinton Naval Air Station was activated on June 1...

squaw drive in

Squaw Drive-In

The unfortunately named Squaw Drive-In Theater is located on Historic Route 66. The word is used as a slur towards indigenous people, why this name was chosen as the name is unknown but nevertheless...

nelagoney jail

Nelagoney Jail

As many of you may know by now, I have been on a mission for the last year and a half to document as many tiny jails across the Midwest as possible. So far, I have documented over 150, with even more...

okc jail

Oklahoma City Police Headquarters

The need for a brand new jail in Oklahoma City and Police Headquarters started being discussed in mid-1935. With a growing city in the middle of the midwest and full of outlaws and bandits, the need...

eagle city gym

Eagle City Gym

The Eagle City Gym and community building sits lonely in the small town. Constructed in 1936 with $1,170 of money appropriated by the WPA, the structure reminds me of a buff brick version of the...

treasure lake job corps center

Treasure Lake Job Corps Center

Located in Southwestern Oklahoma sits the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, an ethereal landscape where one can be transported back into days of the Wild West. Before bustling cities filled with...

Star School

Star School

A few months into 1959, the City of Wagoner proposed a brand new school to be built just West on the outskirts of town. Voters approved a $37,469 bond issue for the new building which would replace...

Walker Consolidated School No. 3

Walker Consolidated School No. 3

In February 1939 citizens of the Walker Consolidated School No. 3 voted to allow a $12,000 bond for the construction of a new handsome structure. The WPA approved the project and designed a one-story...

tsa-la-gi amphitheater

Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater

Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater was the second of a four-phase Cherokee Cultural Center on 44 acres in Tahlequah Oklahoma. The amphitheater was designed by CHC co-founder Charles “Chief” Boyd who...

Cowden gym

Cowden Gym

Driving down the dirt road there is not much left of the Cowden Independent School District, in fact only one building remained for many years. That was the Cowden Gym, built in 1935 by the WPA which...

tanglewood school

Tanglewood School

Nestled behind a private tree line in Sand Springs, Oklahoma is a historic school with a plethora of development opportunities. Sitting on 3.5 acres is the Tanglewood School awaiting its new life...

Hollister School Facade

Hollister School Facade

The start of 1922 came with great news for the growing town of Hollister Oklahoma. A new consolidated school building would be constructed by next year with cost estimates falling around $30,000...

capitol hill general hospital

Capitol Hill General Hospital

Capitol City Hospital Clinic/Samaritan Hospital Oklahoma City’s population boomed throughout the 1920s and 1930s. This resulted in many suburbs of the city being created including what would be...

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