Lovell School

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City/Town: Lovell
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1922
Year Abandoned: 1955
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy Dixon

Lovell began as a Post office on May 22, 1889 while unassigned lands were opened for settlement. It’s original name Perth, was changed in 1906 to honor that man who settled and developed the town site, James W. Lovell. Perth, soon to be Lovell, became an agricultural trade center upon completion of  a railroad route connecting Guthrie to Enid in 1902, later to become Santa Fe Railroad. Schooling began in 1903 with a population of nearly 200. The Lovell school first met in a 16 x 26 foot sod house, a small frame building was built a few years later. At the time of statehood in 1907 the town had began to fill out having  a school, two grain elevators, it’s founding post office, two cotton gins, the largest blacksmith shop in the area, bank, hotel, lumber yard, and animal feed post. The town gained population and interest in 1926 when an oil boom hit in the near by town Roxana three miles northwest of Lovell. Foreseeing the future, in 1922 construction completed on present larger two room school house. In January of 1928 a fire roared through the east side of Lovell’s main street, destroying eleven businesses. Without insurance, the Great depression and World War II on the horizon, little rebuilding was redone.

The Lovell school held its lasy day of class on May 17th, 1955.

 

 

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Bobbie
Bobbie
5 years ago

Why don't they start rebuilding it again instead of letting nature take over it. They said they didn't have the money because of ww2 coming in and that the 3 fire engines are to attract visitors so that the memories of the town are not forgotten before nature finally takes over. Why not rebuild it.

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Tara
Tara
5 years ago

My in-laws own this piece of property. Unfortunately, these pictures were taken and placed on the internet. It has resulted in many of these items being stolen out of the school house. Very sad that people choose to help themselves to the property of others. Our family had plans for many of the heirlooms that were once used by our family members who attended this school years ago. It's a shame.

Jodi
Jodi
Reply to  Tara
5 years ago

Yes Tara, it's a shame that these things were stolen, but if there were items that meant so much to the family… why were they left to decay?

Caye
Caye
Reply to  Tara
5 years ago

It is a shame when people violate history and other people's property, but this group of people who run this website/group do so because they want to educate a population of people who are losing sight of Oklahoma history. Hopefully you and your family have thoroughly secured the area now that you know what people will do. Thank you for letting your family's history help educate and inspire others to learn. As for the thieves who stole from you, they will get their come upends.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
Reply to  Tara
3 years ago

I'm sure they will be heartbroken at not receiving all the rotten wood and rusted-out metal that was there.

Jon Lovell
Jon Lovell
7 years ago

Thats my great uncle who founded Lovell Oklahoma Id love to learn more

Jeff
Jeff
7 years ago

Love the history!

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JN3
JN3
7 years ago

Did you get permission from the land owner to take these pictures?

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
Reply to  JN3
3 years ago

What the hell business is it of yours?

amanda
amanda
9 years ago

good job billy! great pictures!

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
9 years ago

Awesome Mr.Bill. it's krazy this school is very similar to Bird Creek school

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