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Collings Castle

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Built: 1930's | Abandoned: 1980's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy Dixon

Collings Castle located in Turner Falls park , Davis, OK isn’t completely abandoned and is relatively easy to access. It is a definitely a sight to see. The Castle was built from native brick and stone and was built in the early 1930s by Dr. Ellsworth Collings, Dean of Education at the University of Oklahoma.




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Michael Schwarz

Starting from a young age, I’ve always loved exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture and just being excited to pass by the beautifully designed places in downtown.

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Justin
Justin
1 year ago

4/18/21 Just left the place. In no way do I believe this was a “Castle/home” that a guy built. Nothing resembles a home. However, every building and structure standing resembles a military fort. A heavily guarded one. There was one room that looked to be a cell had scratches in the wall. You have to look, they are 90 years old, supposedly. There was some rebar showing in the roof. If you go please look, I didn’t see a diamond pattern which dates this before 1920. You will notice the design to kill any force coming from below. Who would… Read more »

Vic
Vic
Reply to  Justin
10 months ago

Justin, I was thinking the same thing.
This is another one of those buildings, that’s why I was searching for pictures online. Do you have any photos of your visit there?

Raven
Raven
7 years ago

Can you buy it?

Robert
Robert
10 years ago

I used to go to YMCA Camp Classen every summer as a kid. The camp was built on land that used to belong to the Collings 101 Ranch, and there are still bits of buildings and walls all over the place. In fact, the main horse paddock is a paddock built by the ranch and it looks exactly like this castle. Thanks for bringing back some memories.

GuestAnn Stankewitz
GuestAnn Stankewitz
3 years ago

Why was it abandoned?

Ingrid Playground
Reply to  GuestAnn Stankewitz
1 year ago

I was wonderiing the same. It looks like the perfect place I would have chosen as a playground when I was a child.

Dallas Girl
Dallas Girl
7 years ago

I have not been to Turner Falls but just thought I should share my frustration in trying to even reserve a cabin there…I called the number listed on their website for days on end to no avail, all I got was a recorded message saying their hours of operation and to please call back! (580-369-2988) Then I sent a message via e-mail through their website to no avail! Finally I found a different number to call (580-368-2917) and somebody actually answered!!! She was quite rude when I asked if I could reserve a cabin for the up coming weekend, telling… Read more »

Jamie McGuckin
8 years ago

in order to investigate this place, do i need to contact the city of davis? I would like to get in this place

Valerie
Valerie
Reply to  Jamie McGuckin
7 years ago

No you do not need special access, to climb the stairs and check it all out. You do however, have to pay fees to enter Turner Falls park (about $20/pp in the summer) Be prepared to climb lots of narrow stairs!

Emma
Emma
Reply to  Valerie
6 years ago

Do they do events there? Im looking for a unique spot to get married and would love love to get married there.

Rita
Rita
9 years ago

Any links to pictures when it was occupied?

RaeannaDP
RaeannaDP
Reply to  Rita
7 years ago

ndepth.newsok.com/collings-castle is where you can read the best history articles on the Collings Castle. It was built in the early 30's by people that Dr. Collings hired, so that they could make money during the Depression Era. You can read more at the link above. 🙂
-Raeanna

RaeannaDP
RaeannaDP
Reply to  Rita
7 years ago

It was occupied until around 1988 when it was sold to Turner Falls Park Officials

Goober
Goober
9 years ago

Looks like a preppers paradise!

trackback
11 years ago

[…] Named after pioneer Mazeppa Turner, this has been a recreation spot since 1868 and is operated by the city of Davis. Back in junior high or high school my friend Jeff and I camped with his family at Turner Falls. We swam in the pools, strolled along Honey Creek, and clambered about the hillsides. For some reason one of my clearest memories is of Jeff playing Wizard of Wor there: I was hopeless at video games, but he could advance far enough to earn a bonus warrior, and I loved how the crude voice synthesizer would have the Wizard… Read more »

Trisha Welch
11 years ago

a friend linked me this, http://ndepth.newsok.com/collings-castle?custom_c… asking if we could go , well that was sorta unspoken :p waht she actulay said was "She's always wanted to see that place "

melly
melly
Reply to  Trisha Welch
11 years ago

there is a FACE on the picture CASTLE 005 please look at it!!! i

stoney
stoney
12 years ago

this is awesome just now visiting your site awesome stuff really glad my buddy told me about it

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
12 years ago

I'm suprised the Castle toilet hasn't been busted to pieces! usualy that's the first thing to go!
Pic # 98 is my fave!

Billy
Billy
Reply to  psychosaw13
12 years ago

It surprised me too! Jeeze, picture 98 is your favorite.. looking at other posts usually it's in the 20's-30's you find a favorite in.. maybe i'm taking too many. Haha

Tommy
Tommy
Reply to  psychosaw13
9 years ago

We just went up there today to take pictures while the place wasn't packed. Most of the doors have been kicked in and the toilet is gone. Makes you sick that people have no respect for the things from the past, and wouldn't want to help preserve it for the future generations to enjoy. We also found a rock in the river that looks like it has a date of 1390 or 1350 carved in it. Still trying to figure that one out. New or old? Who knows?

Billy
Billy
12 years ago

"The Castle was build"
Oh no.. the typo got published? I never got to correct it!

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
Reply to  Billy
12 years ago

Being the AOk editor I noticed it right off! lol
Thats ok Billy, we all know what you mean.
Nice post by the way, That castle is awesome!

Fiend
Fiend
Reply to  Billy
12 years ago

Haha, fail!

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Billy
12 years ago

lol…. fixed

Billy
Billy
Reply to  Billy
12 years ago

Thank you for correcting my horrid typing skills.

trackback
10 years ago

[…] of claustrophobia. You can view a lot of photos and find out more about the Collings Castle at Abandon OK. Turner Falls, Davis […]

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