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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.

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...

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...

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...

buffalo theatre

Buffalo Theatre

Pawnee Dry Goods Co. Constructed in 1894, this building throughout the years was depicted as “D.G & Milly” as well as a Hardware and Furniture store. But it was most popularly known...

Clinton Indian Hospital

Clinton Indian Hospital

Clinton Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian Hospital The early months of 1931 were filled with buzz in the paper about the brand new Indian hospital built on Clinton’s east side. Congress had passed the...

threatt filling station

Threatt Filling Station

The Threatt family history goes back more than a century. Having settled in the Luther area the family worked hard to make a living in the newly formed state of Oklahoma. Becoming avid farmers they...

alma school

Alma School

Alma High School was a WPA project that started around January 1940 and one that the whole town was proud of. It was built to replace the former Alma School that was fifteen years old. The structure...

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