Cottonwood Manor

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City/Town: Yukon
Location Class: ResidentialHospital
Year Built: 1950's
Year Abandoned: February 28th, 2004
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 mentally challenged 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.

In 2001, the facility faced heated press about 2 patients that were abused and problems were found with “internal patient security and failures to provide nutritional support for residents with severe weight loss.” as stated by Jim Killackey (Staff writer for the Daily Oklahoman. As a result of this abuse, Cottonwood was threatened with closure.

“We’ll fight this – absolutely.” Administrator Barbara Baker stated. “Our history has been that if there’s a problem, we are going to fix it. Every nursing home in Oklahoma has had deficiencies. We are following the letter of the law in trying to correct things.”  “One resident kicked another client in the leg and threw a cup of spit at another” according to the Health Department during inspection.

For years after, the nursing home had been at a loss of more than $20,000/month along with 250,000/month in government financial support. As a result the announcement of it’s official closing soon followed as stated in the Oklahoman on February 28th, 2004. 

A couple of years later, 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.

Article by Photojournalist: Michael Schwarz

Update 2015: Cottonwood Manor has been demolished by the city.

Bibliography:

Killackey, Jim. “State Orders Nursing Home Closed in Canadian County.” The Daily Oklahoman, 10 July 2001.

Killackey, Jim. “Cottonwood Manor to Close Doors Due to Financial Woes.” The Daily Oklahoman, 28 Feb. 2004.

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Jordan
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Jordan

The street it's on is Walnut Ave, you turn off Holly Ave to get to it.

Janean Espy
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Hi, great web page however there is a issue whereby sometimes I am sent back to the base page whenever I view other topics in your website.

allison
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allison

me and some freinds where just looking in the windows one day. we saw a figure run past the window. we started running becouse we got scared and while we where running back to the truck we heard large bangs frome the inside of the building right by the windows.

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Mary
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Mary

I worked at Cottonwood in 1994. There was always a staffing shortage due to low pay and people freaking out about working with severely disabled people. Most of our people were either too medically fragile or behaviored to be mainstreamed but several were transferred to group homes while I was working there. I'm sorry to see the building abandoned but glad that the residents- many of whom were older and abandoned by family- gone to better living situations.

tabitha
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tabitha

Cottonwood manor was first a nursing home for the elderly. I believe under a different name in the 50s. It was later a home for the developmentally disabled. I worked there for several years and know many others who also worked there. None of us have ever witnessed any supernatural activity and we all spent many dark stormy nights there.

tabitha
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tabitha

I worked at Cottonwood from 92 until 99. I have many great memories of the place. I met my husband of 16 yrs there. It was my time at cottonwood that turned me into an advocate for the disabled community. I spent many nights there and never saw or heard anything. This place is far from haunted. I was kind of amused to hear it has became an urban legend in Yukon. It was a great place when the Propps family owned it, but went down very quickly after it was sold in the late 90s. I was glad to… Read more »

Frankie
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Frankie

Do you still remember the address?

Jake
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Jake

I know where it is if your trying to find it. I went there last night

Brian
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Brian

Is there anyway someone could ask for permission to visit the manor? I'm a photographer and would love to take some pictures, but I wouldn't want to trespass for just a few photos.

tabitha
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tabitha

Why would you want photos of a old run down building? It is not haunted. None of the staff has ever reported any supernatural activity there. I never witnessed anything in my years there. My husband worked there and my dear friend worked there 30 years. The purpose of photos should be to remind us of the way we once warehoused the disabled. I have loads of pics from cottonwood in its glory days.

AbandonedOK
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AbandonedOK

Tabitha, would you mind sending some of your favorite photos to us? We would love to amend the post and add some historical photos! Info@abandonedok.com

Jacki
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Jacki

I worked at Cottonwood Manor in the early 80's. I spent the next 30 years as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities because of my experiences there. Lots of fond memories but lots of haunting ones as well. I use stories from Cottonwood to help people understand the changes that have taken place over the years in the field of developmental disabilities. Your page was so interesting to find.

John
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John

Does anyone know how to get ahold of the owners? Would love to explore it.

Danny
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Danny

The building I believe has now been demolished.

Jovonda
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Jovonda

I worked at CottonWood Manor back in 97-98 somewhere in there.. It wasn't haunted and I am sure still is not.. but I can surely see where someone would or could think that it was if they had not spent alot of time in there and knew exactly what and where the sounds came from.

Frankie
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Frankie

If it's possible do you have a number for the Manor?

Tabatha
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Tabatha

CottonWood Manor seems very interesting, the subject came to mind and I decided to ask my grandmother about it, to figure out she actually worked there, and she told me a various amount of stories from the old place.I drive by every once in a while, a few day's ago I saw something.. A doll maybe? Although I just let it pass. Very Cool to actually find the true history about CottonWood Manor.

Jan
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Jan

I worked at Cottonwood Manor in 1966. Most of the mentally handicapped came from Enid State School. They were of varying degrees with the most severely retarded on the west wing. It was overwhelming at first just seeing them, but most everyone came to love the "children." They were very well treated.

Rex T.
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Rex T.

In 1980 i was working for yukon furniture mart and we took a pick up load of tv's to the patients there. Neither my friend or i knew what to expect when we went in.. we checked in with the nurses desk and told them what we had to deliver and started bring the boxes of tv;s in.all of a sudden one of the patients saw me and started running down the hall toward me with out stretched arms.I saw him and said my god he's going to kill me as he came up and threw his arms around me.… Read more »

Jeanna
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Jeanna

I lived on the street that dead ends at Cottonwood Manor, 24 years ago. And yes, the patients would sometimes wander away from the Manor, but were never a threat to neighbors. I remember the staff walking with groups, in single file, to the park across the street. We would speak to the patients as they passed our houses. They were all just a part of the neighborhood, and bring back found memories. My husband, at the time, was a police officer in Yukon, and had many stories to tell about the staff and patients! I love this website, and… Read more »

Tabitha
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Tabitha

Where is this building? My husband and I tried to drive by it but couldn't find it based on this map. We have been talking about opening a childrens home and would like to find out who the current owner is.

FriendlyMic
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This place is in pretty bad condition… I'm not sure but I'm pretty the owner does not want to sell… Could be wrong…

TDaniel
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TDaniel

Its directly across from Kimbell Park, which is North of Vandament on Holly Ave. Turn down Walmut and you will hit it at the end.

Gary
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Gary

Not sure when it opened, but I think it may have gone back into the early 60s or mid 50's. I went to school in Yukon, and graduated there in 78. It was there and running for as long as I can remember. I worked for the city of Yukon in the early 80s. Was an assistant to the City manager, and handled some city projects there at Cottonwood Manor. The patients were mostly very very low functioning mentally handicapped individuals. Ones that could not be mainstreamed. Mostly people that could not be cared for by family or people family… Read more »

Lennon
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Lennon

While the place seemed relatively clean and well ran, she had a few stories about the mentally ill and disturbed people from time to time. Stories of odd and creepy things the patients would do to themselves and each other, sometimes they would escape and wonder neighboring streets and even invade homes and cause disturbance. I heard stories of shocking sexual things/physical harm and even some patients dying…The times I visited the place like I said it seemed clean, well kept and organized, it did have a sense of history and was eery and odd in ways I cant pinpoint…..… Read more »

Lennon
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Lennon

I live in Yukon currently, went to high school here, born and raised here as are all generations of my family on both sides steeming back generations. I am in my 30's and consider myself a fairly normal person, I dont seem succeptable to ghostly or paranormal occurances. I believe 99% of the time things have a logical explanation- Now with all that stuff said in my late teens I dated a girl that worked at Cottonwood Manor for a couple of years. I would go visit her while she was at work more than a few times- I would… Read more »

Ken Roden
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Ken Roden

I was a consultant there for a number of years. Too bad it went to the wayside. There is a need to handle the mental handicap resident. This place use to be very clean and "somewhat" orderly.

Brad A.
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Brad A.

I grew up one block south of the nursing home and frequently walked by the building when going to town back in the '60s. My best friend hated when I dragged him past the place. We have talked about that for years. He still hates those memories. It is sad to see it in this condition and abandoned.

Michael Schwarz
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Wow the 60’s? What year did it open, do you know?

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