Slick, OK

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City/Town: Slick
Location Class: SchoolResidentialChurchGhost Town
Year Built: 1920's
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status:
Photographer: DW Taylor


The town of Slick, Oklahoma was named for Tom B. Slick, known among the oil men as “Mad Tom Slick,” “Dry HoleSlick”, and “King of the Wildcatters.” He was the discoverer of the Cushing Oil Field in 1919 and initially kept the discovery
secret, but within a short time, tents and hastily constructed shacks became stores, cafes, pool halls and various kinds of businesses. A post office was established on April 28th of 1920 and Slick was born. Within a short time the railroad was extended to Slick and a large depot was built. Within three months of the discovery, the town had gone from zero to a population of over five thousand, many seeking to get rich quick. The oil fields where extremely dangerous places, and the boom towns themselves weren’t much better. The roads where typical for the era, dust or mud, depending on the weather.

The boom was short lived and by 1930 the railroad was abandoned and the population had fallen to less than 500 people. A fire in the business district destroyed several stores and with the depression and oil production dropping off, more closed due to lack of business. By 1940 much of the town was abandoned. Today little remains of the original slick, other than a few abandoned buildings and homes. A convenience store serves travelers passing through the remains of the town. Some photos of Slick taken in 1940 after the bust and the remains today.

Special Thanks to DW Taylor for the photographs and history!

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Deborah Vogt
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Deborah Vogt

Beautiful.

eldon redmond
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eldon redmond

too sad! history is vanishing every where!

Adrian
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Adrian

I LOVE IT. And I love this site

Daniel Fleming
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Daniel Fleming

T.B. Slick was originally from Western Pennsylvania, Clarion to be more exact. His grave is in the Clarion Cemetary.

Camilla
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Camilla

My great grandparents are from Slick Oklahoma. Some of our relatives are still there but only very few. I do know that some of our relatives visit there from time to time just to teach their younger ones about where they came from.

Marsha Davidson
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Marsha Davidson

I just bought an old check book from Slick, Oklahoma and wanted to give to my son…it's really cool. I was wondering is there a book about Slick, Okla. that I could purchase to go with it? Thanks, M. Davidson

Paige
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Paige

I just bought a house in slick. Where are these pictures taken exactly. Seems kinda cool. Would like to visit

Saundra
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Saundra

My mother was born in Slick, OK in 1922. I had no idea it was a ghost town.

TtowngalCC
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TtowngalCC

The convenience store they speak of in Slick makes amazing Pizza so if you drive through be sure to stop (I have no interest in the store, I'm just saying). The people in this area are kind and they look out for one another. The man I love lives right outside Slick. It would be a great thing to see this town come back to life 🙂

Chris sturdevant
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Chris sturdevant

I was born and raised in slick Oklahoma where I still live today its a great town full of wonderful people but the history is dying off fast I just wish people would be more interested in restoring the great things we have left in are town rather then demolish ing them and destroying the landmarks left behind

Greg Bailey
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Greg Bailey

My father was born in Slick in 1922. I am a history writer and journalist in St. Louis. It might be interesting to write about Slick. Is there a local historical society or library that has a collection I can access? Thanks.

Connie Pryor
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Connie Pryor

Greg, I live in Frederick, MD, but my mother's are from St. Louis. Her older brother, George Sanders Farmer, worked for Charles Noble Oil Company in Slick around 1926. I just found a few of his letters to his parents that talked about his job and the recreational stuff the guys did–the ball teams that played against each other from different oil companies, etc. and I have a few black and white photos of him there. The letters offer an interesting picture of the life of a young man working in the summer before he went to University of Missouri… Read more »

Jacquelyn Jones
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Jacquelyn Jones

My father was born there in 1920. His father owned a cafe in town, Jones Cafe, and supposedly sold hamburgers the size of a dinner plate for a nickel. My Dad always thought his father was a drunk or ran around because he was never home or had any money. After he died my father closed out the cafe only to find tons of IOUs and a bag of all sorts of foreign coins. The old man had been working his tail off to feed the town for little reward while his wife ran a small farm with her twin… Read more »

Darla Jones
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Darla Jones

Does anyone know the name of the school mascot for Slick?

Ernie hall
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Ernie hall

My grandmother Cora Langwell was married to Ike Langwell who owned the only gas station and repair shop as well as the house behind the station 1940-1960? Cora's daughter Elsie was married to Ike's son Paul and the owned the grocery store across the highway.

matt bucknell
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matt bucknell

My grandfather played baseball for Slick HS in the 30's. I recall him saying they were called the Oilers and their colors were green and white. His memory was "colorful" at times, but that's what he told me.

matt bucknell
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matt bucknell

My grandfather Archie Watson lived most of his childhood (1920's and 1930's) in Slick. He passed away a few years back, but always spoke fondly of the time spent as a schoolboy in Slick. He was part of the Fuller-Watson family, they moved to So.California in the late 30's. It's a long-shot, but does anyone know the family?

Doug Cody
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Doug Cody

My dad used to be a coach at Olive in the early to mid 60's. I think i remember a wood burning stove at the half-court out of bounds in the Slick gym. Seem to remember them being very good.

apkbasket
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thanks for sharing nice post.

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g.plymale
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g.plymale

my mom was from here,her sister and two brothers. my grandpa is buried there. my grandma and grandpa bethany .He helped build the school. my mom took me and my sisters there years ago. my mom was born in 1929.

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