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Goode Mansion

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Built: 1920's | Abandoned: Late 1990's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEmily Cowan

Fairfax History

In 1903, the Sante Fe Railway built a line through the Osage Reservation, passing through the Indian village of what is still known today as Gray Horse. Merchants in Gray Horse realized what new economic opportunities this new railroad would bring and Lew A. Wisemeyer persuaded railroad planners to build a depot about 5 miles Northeast of Gray Horse where he had secured around 40-acres for a townsite. The depot that was built originally going to be named “Coda” was disliked by Wisemeyer and his colleagues and was changed to Fairfax. This would become the name of the town as well which the Osage Tribe kept rights to. In 1907, the population of the town was around 500 and would peak at 2,300 in 1940.

Goode Mansion

The Goode Mansion is another mansion in Fairfax which was built on Native American land as a result of oil money. Presumably built in the 1920s when the oil and gas industry took off creating boom towns all over whose populations skyrocketed and then dropped drastically after the oil fell. The property includes the stately home, a two-story garage with butler quarters on the second floor, a large barn that has since gone, and a small second home made of wood. After serving its purpose as a home it was then turned into a headstart sometime in the ’80s or ’90s. It is an Osage Indian family home, the only way to restore or sell it requires every partial owner to agree on the final decision making it very unlikely anything will be done with it.

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Emily Cowan

Emily was brought into the Abandoned OK Team in December of 2019. “I’m not gonna lie I fangirled a bit. My first published post I was ecstatic, I felt like I finally had the right audience for my work. The opportunities that came with it made me love the website even more. I remember my first interview with a couple at Waukomis Christian Church. They had bought and restored the 1897 church and insisted on keeping the original sanctuary despite being advised on moving it. We talked with them for at least a good 40 minutes about the church, the abandoned Waukomis Middle School beside it, and the towns other disappearing buildings. They even rang the bell for us that has sat in the bell-tower for the last 120 something years ago. We could tell they were just as passionate about preserving Oklahoma’s dwindling history as we were. When interviewing people and hearing the first-hand stories and recollections of a place and seeing how a person connects to a building, it forms a connection between not only you and that person but yourself and that building.”

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Tomi Williams
Tomi Williams
8 months ago

So sad to see these beautiful homes crumbling! After reading Killers of the Flower Moon I’m surprised there are any Osage left! What a gut wrenching story. What kind of help is needed to repair these homes?

10 months ago

This was a very beautiful home. The Goode Family are good people. It would be nice to have it repaired.

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