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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.

Bradley School

Bradley School

Bradley, Oklahoma even though it is a small town has a pretty deep history of schools, four buildings to be exact. The first school was a small one-room log house built in 1887 and burned down before...

Bradley School

Trail Drive-In Theatre

Built in 1950 around the same time that the nearby Enid Drive-In was constructed the Trail Theatre was a single screen drive-in with a 400 car capacity. The Trail Drive-In Theatre is located south of...

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Cache Creek Mission

Shocked we had not heard of this location before we knew that when it finally was put on our radar it was important to document this amazing piece of Oklahoma and Native American history that is...

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Washington Separate School

From 1900 to 1938 African American students living in the Stillwater community could only attend up to eighth grade locally. With no separate high school, they would have to move to Oklahoma City...

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Camp Scott

First opening on August 11, 1928 as Camp Ma-Del-Co and running for just a two-week period. Costs ran at either $5.00 for the first five days or $9.00 for the entire ten-day stay. The camp and the 240...

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Del Camino Motel

The Del Camino Motel or when it first got its start around 1950 as the Del Camino Courts located in Woodward, Oklahoma was one of the most interesting examples of a motel that we had ever seen...

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First National Bank of Skiatook

First National Bank of Skiatook Sitting just off busy Main Street, a beacon of history towers over the downtown area. The First National Bank – Skiatook was first organized in 1905 as The...

Faxon School

Faxon School

On March 14, 1911, the Faxon School House burned to the ground when a fire started from an unknown cause. A new school was constructed of modern stature including a basement to protect from the...

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Eufaula Jail

The Eufaula Jail is one of the best examples of a calaboose resembling that of the Shamrock and Cherryvale Jails. Built approximately in 1902 it is a longer and bigger calaboose than typically seen...

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Avon Motel

Avon Motel has long been a popularly photographed spot in Eastern Oklahoma, located on the western outskirts of Afton, Oklahoma. Built in 1936 by John Foley a prominent businessman in the Ottawa...

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Clearview, OK

Larry O’Dell with the Oklahoma Historical Society said that when the federal government relocated the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole nations to present-day Oklahoma, the tribes...

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Tiger King Park

Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park What has now become known as the ‘Tiger King Park’ dates back to 1999 when it was established in rural Oklahoma as the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal...

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Discoveryland

Since 1976,  the Discoveryland amphitheater has brought family fun and musicals to Sand Springs and the surrounding area. Most popularly known for its showing of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical...

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