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 in Yukon, Oklahoma passed around several rumors as to the actual identity of the place.  Some said it’s an insane asylum; some said it was a church.  Many thrill seekers claimed to know exactly what it was, but then again, they only went at night and assumed the worst.  In reality, after digging through old files and asking the next door neighbors, I found out it was a nursing home for people with mentally challenged and physical disabilities for Yukon’s community. Once the health officials came in to “check” on how things were going, they found no one had been tested for tuberculosis among many other health problems. It was also a home for mentally disabled children at one time.

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.

“The Health Department survey, conducted June 25-27, also found deficiencies including untreated bedsores and unaddressed weight losses, inappropriate diets for patients, a lack of proper staff training, poor dental care, and residents exposing their genitalia and breasts. Because Cottonwood Manor residents aren’t bedfast, discoveries of pressure sores on the hips and elbows of some residents were particularly disturbing, health agency officials said.”

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.

Shortly after, every patient was moved to various other nursing homes, and Cottonwood was left alone with no hope. 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 most today want to have a thrilling experience there every year, the true history will hopefully not be forgotten.

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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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.

amber
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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.

Victoria
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Victoria

I worked there when i was 17 around 1996

Denise
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Denise

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

Justin
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Justin

Does anyone know who owns Cottonwood Manor? Thanks

Justin
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Justin

Does anyone know who owns Cottonwood Manor?

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.

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

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

TDaniel
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TDaniel

Read above for my input

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.

Kayla
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Kayla

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

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

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.

The Propps Family
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The Propps Family

Anybody else can."

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

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 »

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

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.

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
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FriendlyMic

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.

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