Bourne Dairy

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: CommercialFarm
Year Built: 1898
Year Abandoned: 1944
Status: Demolished National Register of Historic Places
Photojournalist: SaraNearGuthrie

At the time of its operation, the Dairy land covered most of the land in the area, including the Cowboy Museum and the Oklahoma City Zoo.  Family Dollar practically share’s it’s back wall with it. It’s one of those places you could drive by every single day and never see it. Unfortunately as you can see, it’s in very poor condition. In one of the pics you can see where the milking pit has been filled in with concrete and debris. The place is a minefield with various debris all over the place, and is also on the National Register of historic places.

 

 

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Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years ago

Is it illegal to go to abandon places lol

Amy
Amy
5 years ago

So the dairy is gone. Completely bulldozed down. Grabbed a brick and sighed. What a shame.

شفط بيارات بيارات
5 years ago

I went there recently myself! It's a pretty cool place, you beat me to a post. Kudos, jerk! Haha, just kidding. When I was there i smelled fresh paint.. I think it had been recently tagged. Bastards.

Nigel
6 years ago

went by there today, the place is still standing, but by the main entrance there was definitely some sort of fire, causing damage to most of it. Still a cool place to check out, easy access as well.

rbourne520
rbourne520
Reply to  Nigel
6 years ago

Did you take any pics of the fire damage? I'd like to see it if you or anyone else can get some pics. One of the original Bourne family members still lives in the OKC area. I'm sure he'd like to know about the damage.

Nigel
Reply to  rbourne520
6 years ago

I did! I'll post them in the forum for now!

Nigel
Reply to  rbourne520
6 years ago

Posted a couple of photos in the forum

Nathan York
Nathan York
6 years ago

We live very close to this building and I believe our 5 acres were originally part of this farm. We have a small red stone barn on our property that is built in a very similar style around the same time. Our house was built in 1952 a few years after the Bourne dairy property was broken up and sold off. Luckily our barn was preserved and left original but maintained.

Randall Bourne
Reply to  Nathan York
6 years ago

The Bourne farm was around 1000 acres which included the land where the Cowboy museum is, the movie theatre and the neighborhood north of I-44 which at the time was Bourne estates. When old 'Whit' Bourne plotted that land for the neighborhood, each lot was one acre in size because he believed people should be allowed to own some decent size of land if they couldn't afford a farm. I don't know if it's still that way or not. I think there was or still is a small cliff ledge of the red masonry stone behind the movie theatre. That… Read more »

www.gilmourhockey.org
6 years ago

Thanks a lot a good deal for giving this specific with all of people you will know very well what you might be discussing! Book marked. Be sure to as well speak with this site =). We could employ a link exchange settlement among us

R. Bourne
R. Bourne
7 years ago

Have you contacted the descendant of the property owner?: Still lives in OKC in the Gatewood area. He would love to tell you more about the place. His name is Earl Bourne. He worked there in his younger days with his dad and grandfather who founded the dairy. He's around 75 now. His grandfather was in the Oklahoma Land Run in 1889 and settled a parcel of land just east of the Federal building memorial and began the dairy there. Later in 1895 he moved to this location you mention. There was a much bigger cattle barn just west of… Read more »

rezman
rezman
7 years ago

When the McDonalds was built right next to the dairy, there was an old red rock silo that was part of the structures there, that they tore down during the sight prep, but they weren't supposed to. Folks were majorly ticked over that.

Mike Land
Mike Land
7 years ago

Behind this property to the West is the old drive in theatre. You can see the remnants of the main ticket booth. I believe it was called the Cinema 66.

Jenella
8 years ago

Too cool, I just looked this up because I have an oil painting from 1959 of the dairy barn that my grandmother did. Lovely! I'll try to figure out how to post a photo of it!

K. Baldridge
K. Baldridge
Reply to  Jenella
5 years ago

I'm Looking for the school house that my grandmother has an oil painting of. A long time ago she had gone on a anniversary of The Land Run and they actually retraced the run in a covered wagon lol. The Bourne's are definitely proud of the heritage! I'm Hoping to find the school house she has:)

Commenter
Commenter
10 years ago

Hey guys, I love this site! It is so amazing to learn about the states history like this and to see some of these places that were huge parts of Oklahoma in the past. I love pic number 30 in this one, I work at a Sherwin-Williams and its got some lacquer thinner that we sell in the pic, lol.

Steve Lackmeyer
10 years ago

God I love this site… great work Sara

Billy
Billy
10 years ago

Hah, fair enough! I know the feeling, ahah it's a scary one.

SaraNearGuthrie
SaraNearGuthrie
10 years ago

Kiss it Billy. I was there weeks ago. Lol. I've got some other cool stuff I'm about to add. I didn't smell anything but dust when I was there. I just knew there was some homeless person lurking int he shadows waiting to attack though lol.

Billy
Billy
10 years ago

I went there recently myself! It's a pretty cool place, you beat me to a post. Kudos, jerk! Haha, just kidding. When I was there i smelled fresh paint.. I think it had been recently tagged. Bastards.

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