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Faxon School

Faxon School

On March 14, 1911, the Faxon School House burned to the ground when a fire started from an unknown cause. A new school was constructed of modern stature including a basement to protect from the...

Tiger King Park

Tiger King Park

Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park What has now become known as the ‘Tiger King Park’ dates back to 1999 when it was established in rural Oklahoma as the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal...

Joy School

Joy School

Joy School came to fruition after three rural schools, Carr Flat, Talley, and Wheeler consolidated. consolidated their districts into one. Students of the new district were asked what the new school...

Devol Jail

Devol Jail

The Devol jail cell was built after 1919 according to a government insurance map, but before or around 1920 when it showed up in local newspapers. On the bigger side of the calaboose scale, this jail...

Boswell Jail

Boswell Jail

The Boswell Jail according to the placard above the doorway dates 1906 as when it was built. Although a local NRHP nomination dates it as being completed in 1939. Further evidence of it being built...

Wanette Jail

Wanette Jail

The Wanette Jail can be found tucked away in the trees off 3rd street. Hard to catch a glimpse of during the summer but visible enough in the dead of winter. Not much could be found on this...

Prairie Grove School/Church

Prairie Grove School/Church

Located just West of Stratford lies a dilapidated building in a field, during the summer its vibrant red bricks clash beautifully with the green foliage that engulfs it. During the winter months, it...

Bennington Jail

Bennington Jail

The first calaboose of Bennington Oklahoma was constructed sometime during or before 1904 according to government maps. This was the only jail located in town and sat off of Nail and Williams Street...

Pernell School

Pernell School

Before and After Fire Pictures Below The Pernell School project was accepted by the WPA in October of 1940, $44,000 was set aside as funding for the new building and auditorium. Actual construction...

Roff Jail

Roff Jail

The Roff jail was build after 1911 according to fire insurance maps that fail to show it at its current location. This small cell would have been used mostly for petty criminals, drunks and nusences...

Stratford Jail

Stratford Jail

This two cell jail located in Stratford is first shown on fire insurance maps in 1908, just one year after the towns incorporation. Most of these jails were discontinued in the decades between 1930...

Wayne Jail

Wayne Jail

The Wayne jail is tucked away in an alley off of Main Street, history hidden away. Information on the jail and its occupants couldn’t be found but it can be assumed that this jail was built in...

First United Methodist Church of Terral

First United Methodist Church of Terral

More and more churches seem to be closing, especially in small towns. Sitting in the middle of Jefferson County is this magnificent jewel with perfectly preserved stained glass, detailed brickwork...

Cottonwood Grove Jail

Cottonwood Grove Jail

As we continue working with Bill Moore on the Tiny Jail and Calaboose series, we took a trip down to Verden, Oklahoma to see the 1905 Calaboose.  On the inside you can see the shared bathroom, metal...

Atoka First Presbyterian Church

Atoka First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian missionaries first appeared in the Atoka area in the 1840s and by 1883 the Presbyterian Church was established in the region. In 1897, the congregation built a wood frame meetinghouse on...

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