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The Elbow, OK

The Elbow was an African American community built just West of downtown Guthrie in the late 1800s/ Early 1900s. Its location in a floodplain led to its eventual abandonment by the 1980s due to...

coyle jail

Coyle Jail

The Coyle Jail, just on the outskirts of town is one that is considerably bigger than other calabooses I have documented. Built in 1913, it is a two-room jail with enough room for a jailer to to also...

geary jail

Geary Hoosegow

“Hoosegow” comes from the American mispronunciation of the Mexican-Spanish word “juzgado” which means “the place where the (negatively) judged go”: namely, jail or prison. While hoosegow was not...

strang jail

Strang Jail

Hidden behind tall brush and young trees is the Strang Jail. Forgotten by the community it used to serve. It is a prime example of my work to document these calabooses. Its history is kept only with...

muldrow jail

Muldrow Jail

According to insurance maps for the city of Muldrow, there has been a calaboose at this location since at least 1896. But the calaboose that sits there currently is not that old. In fact this jail...

skedee jail

Skedee Jail

Located in tick-infested woods sits a lonely calaboose. The Skedee Jail has alluded people for decades slowly being reclaimed by nature in a disappearing town. This calaboose is special, it is one of...

Creston Hills Elementary School

Creston Hills Elementary School

In the early 1930s the Creston Hills neighborhood development was well underway with more than 40 new homes already built. Construction on the neighborhoods had started to slow as the new...

mountain park jail

Mountain Park Jail

The Mountain Park Jail is an intriguing one being two stories and much larger compared to the other jails featured on our site. This being such a big jail seems to be that of a county jail rather...

Townley Dairy

Townley Dairy

The Townley Dairy was one of my first explorations and has proven to be one of my favorites. It has been abandoned since 1998. The cause of the abandonment isn’t as cool as some of the stories...

ahpeatone school

Ahpeatone School

The small brick building sitting in front of the empty shell of a gym was built in 1931 as the Ahpeatone School. This housed students K through 12 until a grade school was built later on to separate...

Earlsboro Church

Earlsboro Church of Christ

The start to this church starts like this, allegedly a local by the name of J.A. Ingram wanted to correct the “moral confusion” of Earlsboro by building a new church as a gift to the town...

Sooner Market

Sooner Market

Join us on an intriguing urban exploration adventure as we delve into the depths of an abandoned grocery store frozen in time. For over 15 years, this forgotten establishment has remained untouched...

National Bank of Commerce Tulsa

National Bank of Commerce Tulsa

National Bank of Commerce Work on the National Bank of Commerce Tulsa was set to begin in the spring of 1922, the finished plans called for a ten-story building but only ended up being eight. The...

candy creek ranch

Candy Creek Ranch

Collins Family Allotment 1906 – 1920 It’s uncommon to search this area of Osage County and not dig up some Native American connections in its early history. This land, now known as Candy...

Okfuskee Sunday School

Okfuskee Sunday School

Deep in the heart of Oklahoma lies an intriguing abandoned church—an Okfuskee Sunday school—shrouded in mystery. Join me on a journey back to a place frozen in time, where the echoes of the past...

addington jail

Addington Jail

This small cell sits in the tiny town of Addington, it would have been used back in the day when the town had a larger population as a holding cell or drunk tank. These small cells usually went...

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