Bird Creek School

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City/Town: Pawhuska
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1939
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedPrivate Property
Photojournalist: David LindeJohnny Fletcher

Bird Creek School Bell via Osage County Historical Society

Bird Creek is a two-room school built by the WPA, construction started in 1938 and was completed in 1939. It was a small country school for District 17 that got its name from the nearby Bird Creek that runs throughout Osage County. It was significant educationally and socially being as it introduced a modern facility with advanced instructional teachings and by providing job opportunities to some of the impoverished workmen in the area. The Pawhuska Journal-Capital reported that 15 students from Bird Creek School and their teacher Mrs. T. E. Allen and several parents went on a field trip to Independence, Kansas on May 31, 1961. It was at some point in the past nominated to be an Oklahoma Landmark but was passed up. Little is known about the school to date but according to some newspapers dating back to the mid 70s’ it is assumed that it was used as a community center building after its assumed closing around the mid/late 60’s. The Bird Creek Home Demonstration Club met there often with reports of them meeting at the old school spanning from 1957-1976. The Daily Oklahoman April 24, 1979 spoke of an outdoor living camp for students in the district that would be held at the Bird Creek School where students would live off the land and study wildlife, water conservation and pollution.

The current owners acquired it from a trade by giving up dirt for the nearby landfill, and in return they were given the school which their mother happened to be a former student of.

Article by AOK Photojournalist Emily Cowan.

THIS LAND IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED! DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION WITHOUT PERMISSION.

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Bibliography
“16 Aug 1957, 8 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/596674255/?terms=bird%2Bcreek%2Bschool.
“16 Sep 1976, 3 – Pawhuska Journal-Capital at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/596669709/?terms=bird%2Bcreek%2Bschool.
“24 Apr 1979, 81 – The Daily Oklahoman at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/455364987/?terms=bird%2Bcreek%2Bschool.
“31 May 1961, 2 – Pawhuska Journal-Capital at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/603881311/?terms=bird%2Bcreek%2Bschool.
“9 Jul 1957, 3 – Pawhuska Journal-Capital at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/597650880/?terms=bird%2Bcreek%2Bschool.
“Home.” The History Exchange, thehistoryexchange.com/index.php/wpa-research/bird-creek-school-pawhuska-vic/.
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It would be a real pleasure to visit this bird creek school. I have never been to any such place in my life time, and I wish I could go here at least once in my life time. The pictures you have shared above really thrilled me and I am eager to see this place. Montmartre Walking Tour

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