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Foss Jail

Foss Jail

The little jail in Foss is a must see piece of history. It is one of only a few remaining “cage cells” in Oklahoma dating back to the early 1900s. This four man cell displays a tag that...

Quanah Parker Star House

Quanah Parker Star House

Chief Quanah Parker was known as being a progressive Comanche warrior and leader. He served as the last principal chief of the Comanche Tribe and was influential in settling the Comanche Tribe on a...

Manitou Jail

Manitou Jail

The Manitou Jail was constructed in 1922 of concrete, and steel bars, with a barrel roof. It was a single cell and represented the efforts that most small upcoming towns had of promoting the welfare...

Texola Jail

Texola Jail

Texola is the last town in Oklahoma before crossing into the Texas panhandle. A once-bustling town, it now registers a population of just about 40. Constructed in 1910 this small territorial jail is...

Eakly Jail

Eakly Jail

This type of concrete pour-in-place method calaboose was perfected in the early 1900s. With Eakly’s population and community becoming a stable township around the 1910’s-1920’s this...

Eagle Park

Eagle Park

Herbert Woesner began with a vision of a family fun amusement park and after nearby Craterville Park closed due to Fort Sill moving onto the land there was a need for one too. He was a farmer at the...

Quartz Mountain Water Slide

Quartz Mountain Water Slide

Summertime. It is every kid’s favorite. School is out and you are care free. For some, going on family vacations was a staple in the summer and a lot of kids spent time at area lakes. There is so...

Rock Island Depot – Elk City

Rock Island Depot – Elk City

In the center of Elk City, is this abandoned railroad depot for the Rock Island Railroad, which was officially merged out of existence in the late 1970’s. This brick depot is a reminder of the...

Reed, OK

Reed, OK

Reed is a small unincorporated community located along State Highway 9 in Greer County. The post office opened September 16, 1892. The town was said to have been named for the first postmaster, John...

Cooperton, OK

Cooperton, OK

Originally called Cooper, the community was planned in 1899 by Frank Cooper, who had organized a settlement company in anticipation of the opening of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Reservation in...

Optima Lake State Park

Optima Lake State Park

To begin the story of Optima Lake, I would like to give a little background. I saw a story on News 9, which can be read here stating the park would be torn down instead of replacing a $1.5 Million...

Bridgeport, OK

Bridgeport, OK

Bridgeport had possibilities of becoming an important and progressive town, but two factors (1) physical‚-the Canadian River‚-and (2) human‚- a town feud‚- caused its downfall. Located on the south...

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