Concho Indian School

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City/Town: Concho
Location Class: SchoolGovernment
Year Built: 1969
Year Abandoned: 1981
Status: AbandonedGutted
Photographer: AbandonedOK TeamBilly Dixon

After the forceful Indian removals from the Eastern Untied States, President Grant and others in office decided that the only way to get the Indians to settle peacefully on their new reservations that they would need to be Americanized. They would need to loose their traditional ways of thinking and living. In the eyes of the officials the Indians would in turn need to be more like the white man to survive. The Indian tribes were taught to farm rather than to hunt, children would be taught in schools and their beliefs would have to be converted into Christianity. They also would have to think of their land as belonging to oneself instead of the traditional communal ownership they were used to.

Concho Indian school was just one of the government-funded boarding schools founded in 1969 for the education of the Cheyenne’s and Arapahos in the area of Darlington. This is an area northwest of El Reno. The school that is still standing is the last of three schools that have been established here. It was a typical boarding school of it’s time. The children were taught to speak, read, and write in the English language. They were not allowed to speak in their native tongue and sometimes were punished if they did so. They were taught to change their patterns of behavior and also the way they presented themselves. Their hair was to be cut to look more like the white mans style and also to wear clothes that looked like the white mans clothes.

In addition to their studies they were taught Christianity. Although most of the Indians and the children reluctantly accepted most of the changes they tended to not accept Christianity as their religion.

The Concho Indian boarding school would close it’s doors in 1981 due to lack of funding. Now the school sits empty.

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Michael Schwarz
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Wow this place is awesome! and I can tell by the windows broken, and no boards that this place is begging to have people go in! lol

AbandonedOK
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Thank you for the Kudos Michael! About entering, not exactly. It is patrolled by the Tribal Police and therefor is extremely dangerous to enter without proper permission.

Jeremy Chaffin
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Jeremy Chaffin

Great Pics. this place is supposed to be pretty haunted, did yall see anything? kids laughing and playing in the gym sounds of basketball bouncing?

Michelle Walker
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Michelle Walker

I went to this school a few yrs back with a local Paranormal group. I got an EVP and you can clearly hear a basketball bouncing.

Brittany
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Brittany

Is it legal to visit this place? I would really like to go, I just don't want to risk getting in trouble.

Rick.
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Rick.

I attended this school the last year is was open and it wasn't a good experience. I was glad to see it closed. I never saw anything paranormal while I was there, but did hear alot from the other kids about how it was haunted and how it was built over an ancient burial ground. It's only haunted by bad memories.

Rick
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Rick

I hope that a return visit is arranged, and if such, I would like to see pictures of the dining room/kitchen, school building and gym. Also, underneath the dining room is a basement that housed the student union. We spent alot of time there as students and it may still have furniture or fixtures. Thanks for all the good pics!

Snaps Magee
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Snaps Magee

Another great portfolio. Apparently this place had a second life long after it closed in 1981. The print magazines piled together are relatively recent. The issue of U.S. News with Jesus on the cover is from April 24, 2000. The poster of the Channel 9 weatherman has a website address on it, and the Xmas cards posted to the wall are definitely not from 30 years ago, so I'm guessing part of the building was fixed up and used briefly around 2000. But by whom? Great job, guys.

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jimmy black
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jimmy black

Iv not ben in the school i went to as a boy n many years. It looks like spooks really tore it up.wow

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william
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william

concho school has some really horrorble stories as i listen to lot of elders talk how they where treated in school ! i cryed when they told me how kids died in that school !

calvin white
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calvin white

I have recently done an investigation in the boys dorm…got an evp saying…"we didn't want to die" … Still kids there…but for some..that was the only place they could call home…

Jenny warrior
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Jenny warrior

My grandmother told me bout this place. Im indian an my grandmother an elders of my tribe have nothing good to say bout this place. they refuse to even speak of it

Alex J. Stone
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Alex J. Stone

What I see here is the old chocho demo-school. is there anyone who remembes the first concho indian school? It was called the cheyenne and arapaho school and it was on the westside of the concho agency, next to the railroad tracks. it's gone now and there is nothing there. I went back to visit the old school in 1995 (summer) and took my wife and kids and showed them where each building was and the playground. That is what I call the old concho indan school. the demo school came much later.

nora jessepe parker
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nora jessepe parker

yes I do, I went to school there, I only remmeber, Ms Hart, Mr Glass. we lived in a buidling called a quanshut
or a metal round building. I remmeber the railroad tracks. I was at concho at 8 to 10 years ago. I wanted to see if there was anything left of the old concho.. is there a road there.?? I seen new concho buidling destroy by vandulism. Nora jessepe Parker 1964 1965 or 1966 I think i attended

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Melia Adolphson

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Carlos Marshall
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never heard of concho ok. until i came back a year ago , it was a site of alot of suffering indian children in a goverment funded school ,they were taken away from there parents and sent to concho to like and go to school !

newakis smoker
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newakis smoker

ah bull it is not haunted i lived there in 2003 i had to go in the building to take showers and i would walk around that place at night and in all the buildings so that is bunch of crap

Henry Kissinger
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Henry Kissinger

You are a ghost so your comment proves it is haunted!

amantajo
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amantajo

Very sad to see the pathetic situation of Concho Indian boarding school situated in northwest of El Reno. The given photos clearly describe the real situation of this school. It was one of the best schools, so the authority must need to take certain measures to make the school a better one. zipline kit

Robert Pettit
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Robert Pettit

To believe that my grandmother was a teacher in this school around 1915. My grandfather, Wolf Face, was an Episcopalian priest in El Reno and my father was born there in 1915. They later moved to Bay City Tx, (when, I don't know) then to New Brunswick, NJ about 1926.

Sandra K Gordy
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Sandra K Gordy

O attended concho for 8 yrs . it was a safe place for me comong from a torn family.
But i was happy to have a chance to learn and become a strong person while i never seen my parents being half breed i wss bullyed by other students . but i survived and became a indapendant strong person. Haunted yes i seen and heard strange actions . but i close my eyes prayed to hod yo keep me safe . sad it closed it was home to all of us that didnt have a home . <3

Mercedes Bailey
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do you know who owns this school? i am interested in seeing it but i would like to get permission first. if you know or could tell me how to get permission for this school please email at mercedesbailey6314@yahoo.com Thank you

Martin
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Martin

can u get in the school or is this private land

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