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Hotel Sparks

Hotel Sparks 1922-1924 In 1922 George W. Sparks had the idea for a grand hotel in Okmulgee. A three-story brick matt-faced building that would be named Hotel Sparks was erected with the help of...

Gans Jail

Information on the Gans calaboose is slim to none, which can probably mean it wasn’t of much use to the city. A single cell concrete structure with a barrel roof was built probably sometime...

Tee Pee Drive-In

The Tee Pee Drive-In dates back to 1949 when it was built along historic Route 66 by Video Theaters. Tee Pee opened on May 5, 1950, and had a capacity for over 400 cars and was a pride and joy for...

Grayson Jail

Grayson Oklahoma was one of the fifty original All African-American towns located in Oklahoma and one of only thirteen remaining. The town was formerly known as Wildcat and was bustling in the day...

Claremore Boathouse

In April 1938 it was requested by Bert Sprangel, the light and water superintendent of Claremore Lake to have a boathouse built. Plans for an $8,000 rock building were sent to Washington for approval...

Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.

Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp was opened in 1953 and produced 150,000 tons of urea fertilizer annually at its peak. The 360-acre complex consists of two ammonium plants, two urea plants, a...

Brookshire Motel

Rooms 1-6, demolished in 1955 When I first laid eyes on it, The Brookshire Motel was an empty shell of a roadside motel near 11th and Garnett. Although their old neon sign still stood, I’d never seen...

Empire Refineries Inc. Plant

Okmulgee in the early 1900s was a hub for the oil industry. In 1909 the Empire Refineries Inc. was a large operation in Okmulgee just along the Okmulgee River and conveniently next to the S.F.R.R...

Stilwell Jail

The small cowboy jail of Stilwell’s history dates back to the early 1910s. While the exact date of its construction was sometime between 1910-1914, it first showed up on existing fire insurance...

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...

Marble City Jail

There was a jail previously in Marble City before this one, but it burned to the ground in 1910. This gives us a pretty good idea that this job was built either within the next year or soon...

Webbers Falls Jail

The Webbers Falls jail is in immaculate shape for how old this tiny building is. The exact age of this jail is unknown but Sanborn maps dating back to 1894 show the little calaboose located in the...

Disney Jail

The jail is Disney, Ok wasn’t the first jail and was not a quick agreement. The first jail in Disney consisted of a tree, chain, and padlock. Which probed a investigation by Mabel Bassett, the...

Gore Jail

The Gore Jail is as textbook as a calaboose comes, made of concrete with tiny windows including two cells. Presumably built in the time frame of 1900-1920 this small cell would have been used for...

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