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Okmulgee Black Hospital

In February 1922 the Okmulgee Board of City Commissioners named J.M. Whitehead to gather together plans to construct the first colored hospital in Oklahoma. Plans for a two-story brick building with...

Tamaha Jail

Not much is left within the town of Tamaha, Oklahoma but one thing that does still stand is its historic rock jail. Built in 1886, it’s said to be the oldest jail in Oklahoma. The towns dwindling...

Tulsa Club Building

The Tulsa Club Building at East Fifth Street and South Cincinnati Avenue was designed by Bruce Goff a creative American architect. His work was distinguished by his unique and eccentric designs in...

Old Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital

Vacant for many years the former Choctaw Hospital stands as a remnant of the progress of healthcare for the nation’s tribal members. Often, this building is mistaken for the Eastern State Oklahoma...

Black Apartments

The four-story Black Apartments were named after and owned by E.R. Black. Built in 1920 for the residents of the growing town of Okmulgee, the job was not completed smoothly, a newspaper article...

The Edwards House & Store

Edwards House Thomas Edwards was an English immigrant but came to the United States from New Zealand. While it is not entirely sure how he ended up in the Choctaw Nation the assumption can be made...

Discoveryland

Since 1976,  the Discoveryland amphitheater has brought family fun and musicals to Sand Springs and the surrounding area. Most popularly known for its showing of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical...

Chouteau Jail

According to fire insurance maps the Choteau jail was built sometime around the time of 1910. It is a concrete jail with two cells and a unique curved top. L.P. Goforth Under $6,000 Bond Charged With...

Inola Jail

The tiny jail of Inola is rumored to have been built in 1921. Assuming that it went out of service when most other calabooses were discontinued it would have been around the 1930-40s. It consists of...

Checotah School

Little about the Checotah School is known other than it was built in 1927 on the Northwest side of Okmulgee. Although the year 1927-28 was said to be “the best in the entire history of Checotah...

Old Prue School

Second Prue School ~1912-1939 The first record I could find of Prue Schools was an article from The Osage Journal, April 25, 1912, reporting of a tornado “The fine farmhouse of Henry Prue was...

Red Bird Jail

Red Bird is one of thirteen surviving all-black towns in Oklahoma. While little is known about a lot of these tiny jails they are so fun to get and explore! This jail was built sometime in the 1930s...

Boynton, OK

Boynton Depot Hidden in the woods just out of sight, sits Boynton Depot at the same location since being built in 1910. Originally, a wooden building like many other Frisco Depot’s, it served...

Hissom Memorial Center

In the 1950s Oklahoma’s mental health facilities Enid and Pauls Valley State Schools were suffering from severe overcrowding. In addition, they both were decades old, built around statehood. A...

Will Rogers Turnpike I-44

The Will Rogers Turnpike runs from Tulsa, Oklahoma to the Missouri state line. It opened to traffic in June, 1957 and was designated as I-44 in 1958. It is 88 miles long and costs $4.00 to drive one...

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