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Eagle City Gym

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Built: 1936 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jeff Hodge

The Eagle City Gym and community building sits lonely in the small town. Constructed in 1936 with $1,170 of money appropriated by the WPA, the structure reminds me of a buff brick version of the Cowden Gym. A massive building for the small community surely it was the product of pride and joy from the people who helped make it happen.

eagle city gym
Eagle City Basketball Team ca 1939-1940 Credit: Carlene Jones “My father, Carl Neuenschwander, is the tallest one. Number 88.”

While the building served for basketball games, graduations, club meetings, and community events for some twenty years that came to an end in the 1960s when the high school consolidated with another school. The building was then repurposed into a community building and would often hold the family reunions, weddings, and funeral services of the many IOOF members living in the town.

After its closure, it was sold and bought by some locals and families were able to use it as an indoor roller skating rink. One of the most cherished of small-town memories. But unfortunately, all come to an end eventually and they become just that, a memory. The Eagle City Gym sits alone in a field the school building no longer exists and it can only be assumed that the building will come down eventually. Whether that be intentionally or because of mother nature is up to the people to decide.




Bibliography

http://oli_shpo.okstate.edu/query_result.aspx?id=68087&pbc=P

https://www.newspapers.com/image/666442598/?terms=eagle%20city%20school&match=1

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=2077882172236715&set=gm.2185283105070177

https://www.newspapers.com/image/744107978/?terms=eagle%20city%20gym&match=1
https://www.newspapers.com/image/743525699/?terms=eagle%20city%20gym&match=1

Emily Cowan

Eagle City Gym

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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