Granite, OK

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City/Town: Granite
Location Class: Disappearing Town
Year Built: 1896 | Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedDisappearing Town
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK TeamBilly Dixon

Granite is hardly a Ghost Town with a population of nearly 2,000, but we figured we would still make a post with some of the cool things we found.

History:

Granite Quarry, Granite, OklaLocated in Greer County (formerly Old Greer County), Granite is situated six miles north and seven miles east of Mangum at the junction of Oklahoma State Highways 6 and 9. Lying at the southern base of Headquarters Mountain, Granite is known for its monument industry, farming, ranching, and the Oklahoma State Reformatory. Originally a part of Greer County, Texas, Granite became part of Oklahoma Territory in 1896 and Oklahoma in 1907. The population stood at 1,026 in 1907 and hovered around one thousand until 1970 when it rose to 1,808.

In the 1880s the area was home to cattlemen. A post office was established on December 6, 1889, and the town was so named because of the granite found in the nearby mountains. In 1900 K. C. Cox platted the townsite and sold lots. That same year, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway brought rail service to the area, spurring tremendous growth in a matter of months. For some time Granite was the terminus for rail service, and supplies had to be freighted from there to outlying areas. Many early visitors came to the town to await the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Opening in 1901.
Reformatory at Granite, ca 1920
They stimulated the sale of hardware, lumber, dry goods, groceries, meats, and bakery goods. By 1909 the town had at least four companies quarrying red granite from Headquarters Mountain. In 1910 the Oklahoma State Reformatory was opened as a medium-security institution. At the turn of the twenty-first century its inmate population was 841.

In 2002 Granite began receiving water from the Quartz Mountain Regional Water Authority osmosis plant located between Granite and Lone Wolf. Granite’s population peaked at 1,844 in 1990 and remained the same at the turn of the twenty-first century. The Granite Enterprise newspaper, established in May 1900, continued to keep the local citizens informed.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: James Albert Barnett, “A History of the ‘Empire of Greer'” (M.A. thesis, Oklahoma A&M College, 1938). C. W. Gould, “Oklahoma’s Granite Industry,” Sturm’s Oklahoma Magazine 8 (March 1909). “Granite,” Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City. Mrs. C. R. Higdon, “Oklahoma’s Granite,” Sturm’s Oklahoma Magazine 10 (August 1910).

Faye Jo Haynes and Glen E. Burkhalter

© Oklahoma Historical Society


Comecos Cemetery

“Just for the Fun of it”

Established in Wichita Falls, Texas by Dr. Dan and Eleanor Roberts. their interest in cemetery memorials, their keen observations and sense of humor lead them to create this unique attraction.

The cemetery was originally located at the Roberts’ home and veterinary clinic in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon Dr. Roberts retirement and the selling of their property, Comecos had a stay in Iowa Park, Texas. Dr. Roberts ultimately made the decision that his “Cemetery” should eventually be returned to Granite, Oklahoma where all of the stones had originated.

This cemetery stands in honor of Dr. Dan and Eleanor Roberts, “Friends Extraordinaire”

Dedicated November 4, 2006 by Bill and Ellen Willis and Family.


Filling Station

On our way out of town, we couldn’t help but stop and check out this old Filling Station.

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John Morgan
John Morgan
4 years ago

I was born in the Granite hospital, grew up there. My Dad owned and operated the town poolhall. I have a lot of fond and not so fond memories. I still have some friends there and wish I could visit with them more often.

@jjohn621rs
5 years ago

My dad was born in Granite in 1926. He was Alton Gradus Johnson, Jr, son of Alton Gradus Johnson Sr. We are related to the French families, the Windles, and the Hunters. By marriage, we are also related to the Willis family. Just laid my father and mother to rest in the cemetery, and my wife and I fell in love with the country and town. We are considering retiring there in a few years. There is a motel on South Main Street that my grandfather built. Now, it's a private residence I understand. My Grandfather also had a store… Read more »

Nancy Hunter
Nancy Hunter
Reply to  @jjohn621rs
4 years ago

I just read your post and I am a Hunter. My dads name was Kimbel C. Hunter. I still live in Granite so if you are ever this way I would really like for you to look me up so we can visit. My #4055702209

Rene Ann Kennedy
Rene Ann Kennedy
5 years ago

I believe the "old filling station" was my grandad's. His name was Martin Berry. I lived in Granite from birth until I was in the 7th grade. I have many fond memories of the town and the people. This was the years from 1939 to 1951. My parents were Morris and Mildred Baker and we lived on a farm on the east side of the mountain. Granite, Oklahoma is a special place.

Robert Kouri
Robert Kouri
Reply to  Rene Ann Kennedy
4 years ago

Hi. My dad was Paul Kouri, he was born and raised in Granite. I visited my grandparents there many times there in the past. My dad often mentioned a man by the name of Wendel Berry. I was wondering if that's a relative of yours. My email is: kabbub@gmail.com.

Lisa
Lisa
8 years ago

Wow! My family is from Granite…I'm a great grandchild of Alma and Hack Curtis, Granddaughter of Peggy Curtis-Bass. I spent a few summers there…always appreciated the small town feel, even as a kid, as I live in California. When people ask where my family is from I always say Granite, OK.

Martha L Smith
Martha L Smith
1 month ago

Can someone please tell me when the prison closed in granite

Stacy ( Taylor ) Fletcher
Stacy ( Taylor ) Fletcher
Reply to  Martha L Smith
6 days ago

It has not Closed.. Still operating..

Donna Parker Boliver
Donna Parker Boliver
5 months ago



Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes
8 months ago

Looking for any information on the tavern called the Green Frog, my grandfather Robert Hughes owned it. It has changed name now and not sure of what the name changed to. My dad was born there in 1933 Olen Ray Hughes. Lots of Hughes down that way

Rodnie Mize
Rodnie Mize
Reply to  Mike Hughes
6 months ago

Mike, back in the 70’s there was a “parking spot” about a mile East of town, we called The Green Frog. A little further East on North Shore road was a tavern called The Outpost. Don’t know if this was your grandfather’s.

David Carver
David Carver
1 year ago

My great grandfather Milton Carver settled just out of town in 1907. He had a large family many of which lived in and around Granite and Willows. He was the first game warden in the area and later was a justice of the peace. He also raised cattle there. He and many of the family of Carvers are buried in Rock cemetery in Granite. I don’t know of any Carvers left in Granite. I grew up in Calif. but love to visits the farm and the town of Granite.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Reply to  David Carver
3 months ago

I knew Glen and Lillian Carver of Granite. Their daughter Sheila was my best friend when my family lived there. My dad was Dr. L.O. Short. I have many fond memories of the town from the 1950s and 1960s.

svan
svan
2 years ago

Get my house image off this effing site. The unlived in home is mine and has been remodeled. Get the image off before I report your isl and rfetain my attorney . The yellow place across the street is also lived in and I am notifying the man who lives there that his home is being broadcated on here.

Becky Beggs
Becky Beggs
3 years ago

My great grandmother and grandmother lived in Granit.My Great Grandmother was Elsie Fern Johnson Hadley she was there around 1918. My Grandmother was born in Granite in 1919. She went thru the schoo up to 1936 when she moved to Kansas. She did a lot of singing around the area. She sang at one of the Alumni Reunions. My Grandmother was Marguerite Fern Hadley.

Becky Beggs
Becky Beggs
3 years ago

My great grandmother and grandmother lived in Granit.My Great Grandmother was Elsie Fern Johnson Hadley she was there around 1918. My Grandmother was born in Granite in 1919. She went thru the schoo up to 1936 when she moved to Kansas. She did a lot of singing around the area. She sang at one of the Alumni Reunions. My Grandmother was Marguerite Fern Hadley. I believe they lived on a farm some of the time and in town some. They attended the Granite Presbyterian Church which I have picture of. Also a pic from the Alumni Reunion Banauet which came… Read more »

debbie
debbie
3 years ago

Does anyone know of a teacher from Granite named Jesse Mae Wileman, married to Wilbur Wileman. They have both passed on now, but I am in possession of some old school papers that she kept and would like to have them preserved by either family members who would be interested in them or by a museum or school. For the most part, they are in very good condition, but would perhaps be of sentimental value to someone.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Reply to  debbie
3 months ago

Mrs. Wileman was my first grade teacher in the late 1950s. Her husband used to try and scare us when we visited her house on Halloween. 🙂 You might check with the Junior Ford Library on preserving her school papers, or the museum in Mangum, which used to be the hospital.

J J
J J
Reply to  debbie
3 months ago

I grew up next door Mr. and Mrs. Wileman. Her son used to come visit from California every summer and he would bring his grandsons (her great grandchildren). I know this is an old comment but I imagine someone in my family might know how to contact them. To be honest I thought she moved to Granite later than that. Her husband died in the ’70s but she lived almost to 2000. I think she was very close to 100 when she died. Our neighbor who took care of her said she thinks Mrs. Wileman died because she didn’t want… Read more »

samantha hutchison
samantha hutchison
3 years ago

I'm Samantha Hutchison my parents moved my sister and i to granite when I was just 1 or 2 years old i lived there until i was 22 yrs old im not 28. loved growing up there so many fantastic memories it will for ever be my home town no matter where i end up living

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Pratama
4 years ago

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Jasa Poles Marmer
4 years ago

thanks for your information. Its very useful. from your lantai granit

Connie
Connie
4 years ago

Does anyone know of early copies of the Granite Enterprise ? When was it established ? Thanks.

e-medsx.com
4 years ago

The idea of Comecos Cemetery is very strange.

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