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Archive - Western Oklahoma

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

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...

Old 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 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

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

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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