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Okfuskee Sunday School

Okfuskee Sunday School

Deep in the heart of Oklahoma lies an intriguing abandoned church—an Okfuskee Sunday school—shrouded in mystery. Join me on a journey back to a place frozen in time, where the echoes of the past...

Van-Sanford Apartments

Van-Sanford Apartments

Upon looking at the Van Sanford Apartments most wouldn’t suspect the rich history embedded within its almost 100-year-old walls. But as always history surrounds us, it surprises us and it shows...

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...

Oklahoma Opry

Oklahoma Opry

Documentary Knob Hill Theater Come down and experience Oklahoma City’s newest and finest suburban movie theatre! Construction on the state-of-the-art facilities has been on-going since...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sooner Legends Inn

Sooner Legends Inn

Sometimes the unique walls, curvatures and foundation of a building aren’t all that make it unique. Often, it’s what lies beneath the roof in the halls, lining the walls and countertops...

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...

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...

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