Cottonwood Manor

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City/Town: Yukon
Location Class: ResidentialHospital
Year Built: 1950's
Year Abandoned: July 1st, 2001
Status: Demolished
Photographer: 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.

This building is covered in “NO TRESPASSING” signs! DO NOT GO unless granted permission! The cops will be called!

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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?

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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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
Guest

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.

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 »

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 »

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Jordan
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Jordan

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

Caine
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Caine

How can I find out more about the "pastor" who came in and bought the place as well as what "scam" it was?

FriendlyMic
Guest

Well I found out about the pastor and his scams by a many neighbors across the street from this location. To be honest I don't know names or dates… Sorry.

Maria Othman
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Maria Othman

hi, i worked there just before it closed, 2003-2004. it was a nice place, i liked it there. now i could use some names, address and phone numbers for my new job hunting. i never kept up with anybody. or how could i get an verification about that i ever worked there? is there any administrating office there where i could direct references calls? My name is Maria Othman.

Billy
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Billy

Is it for sale. If so who I I need to contact would be cool as a big home

The Propps Family
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The Propps Family

My Family owend the facility from 1974 till the late 90's. From our knowledge it was built in 1964. My father first purchased it in 1974 and was family owned and run til the 90". Its nice to hear some of the comments from former staff about the way we tried to enrich the peoples lifes. They are the ones that desirve the credit not the Propps Family cause your only as good as your staff. In the late 80's the state wanted to start MAINSTREAMING the residents that called this place home and move them into smaller housing with… Read more »

The Propps Family
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The Propps Family

In continuence These are Gods Children and if there are entities there they didnt want to leave there home where the staff made them happy. But I doubt it because "God is taking care of the people better than anyone on earth could".

The Propps Family
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The Propps Family

Anybody else can."

The Propps Family
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The Propps Family

By the way we didnt run the facility during that Health department inspection for tuberculosis. But I'm sure everybody at the Health Department has been checked for tuberculosis. It was just a reason to close it down in my opinion. but we were not there.

Carson Hearne
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Carson Hearne

I already knew that the place was for people with mental retardation because my dad worked there in the 90's and he told me a story about him working there and the water faucets would turn on all the time by themselves

Kayla
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Kayla

Who is the owner? How do we contact them about bieng able to visit?

Chase Rainey
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Chase Rainey

If anyone has a idea of who to talk to to go inside to get permission so it be made legal please call me 4052450839 I mean no harm to the place just to walk around and see

TDaniel
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TDaniel

I would contact the city and or the county and that information is public, you should be able to find out who owns this building and property now.

TDaniel
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TDaniel

Read above for my input

Keli
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Keli

As of this posting, the building is boarded up with locked gates and a for-sale sign out front. It is being sold through Sullivan group.

Keli
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Keli

As of dec. 2, 2014

Cindy
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Cindy

I worked at Cottonwood Manor from 1998-2000. I enjoyed myself during the time I was there & I have some great memories of that place as well as a few of the residents. I was sad when I heard that the place was closed down and the residents were moved to new homes.Some of those people had lived there alot of their life and wondered what happened to them. There was a couple of people that I got close to while I was there. Also the pictures of the building look terrible

billy
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billy

My mother worked there when it closed down. It didn't close for the reasons stated above.. A lady got out and drowned in a families pool across the street and they got in a lot of trouble then closed.

Justin
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Justin

Does anyone know who owns Cottonwood Manor?

Justin
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Justin

Does anyone know who owns Cottonwood Manor? Thanks

Denise
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Denise

does anyone know who we can get permission from to investigate?

Victoria
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Victoria

I worked there when i was 17 around 1996

amber
Guest

What is the address to this place ? I like to go check it out.

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.

Kylie
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Kylie

Just went there with friends to see if its scary and its bulldozed. The bulldozer is still out there with thr piles of rubble of thw building all around.

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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