Cottonwood Manor

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City/Town: Yukon
Location Class: ResidentialHospital
Year Built: 1950's
Year Abandoned: July 1st, 2001
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzMary Evans

Many people in Yukon, Oklahoma pass around several rumors as to the actual identity of the place.  Some say it’s an insane asylum; some say it was a haunted church.  Many kids today claim to know exactly what it is, but then again, they only go at night and assume the worst.  In reality, after digging through old files and asking the next door neighbor, I found out it was a nursing home for people with mental retardation and physical disabilities for Yukon’s community back in the late 1990’s. Once the health officials came in to “check” on how things were going, they found no one had been tested for tuberculosis.  Shortly after, every patient was moved to various other nursing homes, and Cottonwood was left alone with no hope.

A couple of years down the line a minister bought the property, in hopes of renovating it for use as a church.  He even posted a “Resurrection Life Church” sign on the outside of the abandoned building.  Of course, nothing happened, and many people saw the “Church idea” as a scam more than anything else.

The building now sits in the middle of Yukon vandalized and covered in unwanted graffiti.  Even though teens today want to have a haunting experience there every year, the true history will likely be forgotten along with the people’s memories.

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Ryan Williams
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Ryan Williams

Cottonwood Manor Yukon, Oklahoma. 2016. Please kids don't go here if you plan to investigate for hauntings. My father worked here since until it was close and no he said it was not haunted one bit. There was no talk about ghost hauntings or anything around the staff. Every ghost story you hear are from people who don't work here and assume just because it's a hospital for the mental patients and disability doesn't mean it's guranteed haunted. If you stumble upon this page and read this, then I hope I save you time going there.

Julie Ann May
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Julie Ann May

I worked here in the kitchen I was a dietary cook I prepared their meals it was a home for mentally challenged people and some of the residence use to go to a work shop I remember one of them use to come in every morning and help me gather their lunch bags I had prepared for them to take . I also remember some very sweet residence i am sad to hear how things ended . I loved working there . My mother , father and grandmother all worked their . I will never forget the lessons I learned… Read more »

hillary godwin
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hillary godwin

This building has been torn down by order of the city of yukon. I live in Yukon and noticed it was gone about a year ago.
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Sheri
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Sheri

I worked at cottonwood for a short time in 1993-1994. That is where I got my CNA however never got a certificate. Definitely not a haunted place just people with disabilities.

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