Granite, OK

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City/Town: Granite
Location Class: Ghost Town
Year Built: 1896
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: 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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Abby
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Abby

Love the cemetery. Very funny!

betty (litton)
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betty (litton)

Granite okla is my home town best people in the world are there couldnt understand why it can't be made into a"small" branson lots of country talent and beautiful mountains!! empty stores to hold lots of shows??betty litton

Tery
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Tery

Good Job!! Granite looks like a pretty little town!! I love the photo of the hardware store,the way the sunlight is shining on it is really cool. I also like the ceiling tile shot. The cemetery is really unique and fun!!! Take care….Tery

G L Inks
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G L Inks

Granite Oklahoma became my hometown when I was 3 months old! I stayed until I was 35. I actually owned "The Granite Enterprise" newspaper for 6 years. Our size stated is very misleading. 1800 people, includes the population of the prison inmates. The inmates range from 1,000 to 1,200 in the count, so really there are 600 to 800 people in Granite living "Free". The old gas station shown actually was in use up until the early 90s mostly as a muffler repair shop! It would be great if people wanted Granite to grow but most residents don't want it… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Are there any existing copies of the newspaper for the year 1903. My ancestor, John Walls, died there in 1903. Would there be any obits ? Thanks, Connie Conflds@sbcglobal.net

country girl
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country girl

I have lived in granite majority of my life it is a great place to live we climbed mountain as kids went swimming in tidles pond on mountain hunting bon fires fishing good friends country music at christmas they even put a tree in the middle of main street light the mountain with lights and have a gathering teens learn lots by farming you will never find comfort like you there. I know I wont and would give anything to keep it from becoming a ghost town

Ronnie McCallay
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Ronnie McCallay

Granite is a very nice little town with houses built right next to the mountain. I grew up in Blair, not far from Granite, and always enjoyed visiting. In fact, I dated a girl named Carol from Granite in the early 70's and thought she was lucky to have lived in Granite.

Pattyrenee
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Pattyrenee

My ancestors lived in Granite. Hasley sisters who married, lived in and around Granite. Leona for sure. Bessie Hasley Short. Clura Short. I would love to talk to any descendants. pattyjobray@yahoo.com

Karen Lynch
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Karen Lynch

I grew up in Granite as well. Born in Mangum. We moved to Altus when I started 2nd grade and lived there until 1982. My name is Karen Jones (now Lynch). My mom and dad are Bill and Dorothy Jones. I have a sister (Kathy) and my brother (Jerry) passed away three years ago of Huntington's Disease. My grandparents were Basil and Betty Jones. Lots of good memories and the mountains were a great source of entertainment. I will never forget.

Larry Littlejohn
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Larry Littlejohn

My mother, Francis Dean (Briggs) Littlejohn was born in Granite in 1912. My brother, Jan, was born there in 1935 and I was born there in 1939.

Alisha
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Alisha

My grandparents place is in one of these.

Cathryn Ward (Novak)
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Cathryn Ward (Novak)

I grew up in Granite too….my name is Cathryn Ward, my parents were Ed and Edith Ward. I was looking at the pictures and I am sitting here crying. So many good memories of Granite.

Bonnie smith-Smelser
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Bonnie smith-Smelser

Hi Cathryn! I am Bonnie Smith, i remember you and your family 🙂

John Callas
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John Callas

I remember Cathryn…

John Callas

Lisa
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Lisa

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.

Joel Lanier
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Joel Lanier

Great Job! My Dad, Sidney Lanier was born in Granite in 1911. He was the firstborn son of Hattie (Garrett) and Solon Lanier. Solon worked at the Reformatory. Hattie is the firstborn daughter of Judge Garrett who lived in Mangum, OK. Time were tough back then and the kids worked the farm picking cotton. Dad joined the Navy when he was about 18 years old. He had a friend named Littlejohn. I wonder if there is a connection there? Solon, Hattie, and Mary (Daughter) and Paul Jean (Son) are all buried at the Granite Cemetery. I had a chance to… Read more »

Sad
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Sad

Sorry, did not mean to give that a thumbs down. Accidentally clicked on it.:)

IrisheaglesOne
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IrisheaglesOne

I am not familiar with Granite but if its live people were anything like its people who passed, that was a wonderful city! I do not think I have ever seen a cemetery so entertaining!

Bill Malatin
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Bill Malatin

My great-great grandfather John Pellow and his sons operated what is now the Willis quarry. The Pellows made their way to Granite from Cornwall, England. Jack Pellow my great grandfather made his way to Enid, Oklahoma, where he opened Pellow Monument Works where he conducted business until his death. His sons, Robert, Albert and Donald operated the business until their passing. The business has been in operation since 1910 and still conducts business in Enid in the building which was constructed in 1915. Ann Pellow Russ and her husband John operate the business. My mother Sara Pellow Malatin is the… Read more »

Becca s
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Becca s

Most of my family lives in granite. My grandmother who passed in october ran the ford library. It had been more than 10 years since visiting and it was exactly the same as i remembered when i was 13. Im sure everyone there knows my entire family 🙂

Becca s
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Becca s

If anyone has seen phillip williams or bear rodriguez in lone wolf or granite tell them their niece becca says hi and she loves them and they need to call 🙂

Bia Castro
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Really nice post but I just want to check something with you.
This thing you shared about 2002… is that correct? "Granite began receiving water from the Quartz Mountain Regional Water Authority osmosis plant located between Granite and Lone Wolf"
I have my doubts about this.
That is all… great article!

Annie Lucas
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Cemetary? Good job, you hicks.

Henry Kissenger
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Henry Kissenger

You're right it's spelled sematary

Rene Ann Kennedy
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Rene Ann Kennedy

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
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Robert Kouri

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.

@jjohn621rs
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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
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Nancy Hunter

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

e-medsx.com
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The idea of Comecos Cemetery is very strange.

Connie
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Connie

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

Jasa Poles Marmer
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thanks for your information. Its very useful. from your lantai granit

Pratama
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John Morgan
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John Morgan

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.

samantha hutchison
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samantha hutchison

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

debbie
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debbie

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.

Becky Beggs
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Becky Beggs

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 »

Becky Beggs
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Becky Beggs

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.

svan
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svan

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.

David Carver
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David Carver

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.

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