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Hope Hall Griffin Memorial

Hope Hall Griffin Memorial

The building that would become Hope Hall got its start almost a century ago in 1928 when bids were being taken to construct a new building at the Central State Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma to be used...

Hope Hall Griffin Memorial

Sunshine Laundry Cleaners

Dating back to 1928 when it was constructed this building has been home to a laundry company. Starting out with National Sunshine Laundry Co., and later known as Sunshine Laundry Cleaners, they were...

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Chickasha Jail

Chickasha’s old territorial jail was not always a jail, in fact it innocently started out as a storage room for construction workers working on the courthouse. In 1895 it was then converted...

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Pauls Valley State School

Pauls Valley State Training School for Boys Pauls Valley State Training School for White boys was established in 1907 in Southern Oklahoma. Construction on the major facility began a year later...

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The Glancy Motor Motel

Chester and Gladys Glancy had been in the hotel/motel business for at least a decade when they sold their Best Western and opened their independent Glancy Downtown Motel in 1950. It was originally...

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Guthrie Jail Cell

The Guthrie Jail Cell is a tiny jail cell is located right beside Redstone Country Inn & Wedding Venue and displays “US Marshal | Oklahoma Territory”. Unknown just exactly when it was...

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Oney School Gym

All that is left of the Oney School is the 1939 gymnasium constructed of large stones. The brick building that housed the classrooms sat close nearby and was actually two buildings mashed together...

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Ingalls, OK

Ingalls was established on April 22, 1889, by Dr. Robert F. McMurty and Robert Beal. Ingalls was apart of the Unassigned Lands just east of Stillwater during Oklahoma’s first land rush where it...

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American Legion (Griffin Memorial) Chapel

In 1895, the Oklahoma Sanitarium Company purchased the site of High Gate Academy in Norman, Oklahoma. High Gate Academy was a school for women that opened in the late 1800s, but it ultimately was...

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Macomb Jail

The Jail in Macomb, OK  is a single cell made of steel that was presumably built in the early 1900s. It would have held the drunk and disorderly, and others arrested for petty crimes such as theft...

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Smithville Jail

Smithville Jail is hard to spot if you’re not looking for it, hidden across the street from the school it sits camouflaged by trees. Carved above the doorway is 1934, which is the year the jail...

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Bryant Center

The Bryant Center was an idea thought up by two businessmen, H.T. Greenhaw and Ferrill Martin. Opening as Bryant Recreational Center which would become a place of entertainment for the mostly African...

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Stuart Jail

The one-room jail of Stuart, Ok was built in 1918 as the proud sign states outside of the structure. Made of limestone, the stonework was done by a gentleman named John Howell. Said to be fire-proof...

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Rosenwald Hall – Lima

The town of Lima, Oklahoma is one of just thirteen historically all-Black towns existing in the state. Named after the local limestone quarries it was incorporated in 1913. Constructed in 1921 by...

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The Hotel Marion

The Classic-style Marion Hotel was first built around 1904 as an apartment building but shortly after in 1908 was turned into a hotel. Forty-five rooms were rentable short or long term. Originally a...

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