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Townley Dairy

Townley Dairy

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Built: 1974 | Abandoned: 1998
Status: AbandonedEndangered
Photojournalist: Billy DixonMichael Schwarz

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 I used to hear. Several of them being about deaths associated with the factory. There were two deaths that are supposedly linked to the factory; One being the death of a man struck by a dairy truck in ownership of Townley Dairy, the other being a delivery man who was killed in the OKC bombing of the Murrah Building. After researching the victims of the bombing it’s clear that the rumor is untrue. The true cause of the Dairy closing it’s doors was the termination of Guy Townley from Farm Fresh who had acquired the Townley brand in 1993. Townley had filed a suit against Farm Fresh, but the case was dismissed. Farm Fresh closed down the factory soon after focusing on other properties. However the factory is still listed on several agriculture sites under the dairy directory listing. The lot, which is just over 6 acres is actually for sale. Most of the land is empty field, with the factory, dock, and several storage sheds on the corner of the lot. The City of Oklahoma is looking to secure the location, so the future of this gem is uncertain. There have been 2 fires in the Dairy, both have been chalked up to arson. Below you can check out two KFOR Channel 4 videos of the second fire, which occurred on November 23rd, 2006.

Fire video #1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9oV2qOzTco
Fire video # 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOazJ6G8BKM

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Michael Schwarz

Starting from a young age, I’ve always loved exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture and just being excited to pass by the beautifully designed places in downtown.

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Mildew
Mildew
10 years ago

I just found this website. This is awesome!!!! We used to paint in there all the time. Well before the second fire. I wish I would have taken more stuff out of there but we did not think about there being a second fire. I LOVED going to this place. Here is a quick story. Me and some friends decide to go paint in there just doing some graffiti in a abandoned building. We had been there before so we felt good about it. We are in there painting and we heard a noise like a diesel truck. it was… Read more »

Tony Guevara
Tony Guevara
3 months ago

I worked in this dairy in 1979. Mr. Townley, himself, interviewed me for an entry-level position there. It was a short-lived experience and I worked packaging ice-cream with several other men. When my car broke down, I no longer had means to drive to work and had to find other employment closer to home. It was a job I wished I could have kept as I felt very comfortable working there.

Peggy Brown
Peggy Brown
1 year ago

My daddy worked at the dairy during WW11. I was born while we lived at dairy housing which was just south of the dairy. We moved from that house when I was 4 years old 1946 when my daddy became a delivery man. Later in 1949 he was fired for trying to form a union. Side line story Sammy Townley sold my trycle to a neighbor and I never got it back or paid for it Our house was a 3 room shot gun house we shared the out house with the neighbors. My daddy added a bath room and… Read more »

Terry
Terry
5 years ago

do you still have any townley milk bottles?

Yalc
Yalc
6 years ago

The owner should be easy to determine using the county assessor's website.

Billy D.
Billy D.
6 years ago

it was built before 1975

Billy D.
Billy D.
6 years ago

i know excactley where its at my best friends lived down the street from the place it was before 1975 hey clothing factorydo u remember Margeret and Ab down the street from the old factory

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6 years ago

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Josh
Josh
6 years ago

I would love to get my hands on that sign on top of the building. It would look great hanging in the garage or barn. It needs to be saved before that place gets bulldozed anyway. Anyone want to grab it for me? Haha.

Caye
Caye
6 years ago

Stumbled upon this building yesterday while driving the old Grand Boulivard route around the city. Extremely dilapidated. It looks as if a gust of wind would finish it. There is fencing all around and there were new semi trucks parked out back along with an old mobile home in the front…strange. There are a row of older houses in front of the factory closer to the main road. If you are curious I would be very cautious of those that may be around you, especially if people on this site offer to take you on a "tour."

Chris
Chris
7 years ago

I remember the delivery truck bringing our milk and icecream in 67, another piece of history gone.

John Milligan
John Milligan
7 years ago

I worked at Townley's in the early 90's. When i worked there i drove acouple different delivery rtes & i worked in the the plant. The area on the north side of the plant starting at the nw corner was the freezer area. The middle of the north side was the milk storage area that the trucks were lded from. I've sriven by the old plant recently and it breaks my heart to see it in such pitiful shape. It was an interesting place to work. The building has been added onto so many times that it was a rats… Read more »

Alice
Alice
8 years ago

I have an old bottle from Townley Dairy. It's small, maybe 21/2-3 inches tall. It has a churn inside of it and has their logo on the bottle. If anyone is interested, you may contact me at alicenwonderland305@yahoo.com.

ShelbyF
ShelbyF
8 years ago

Is the building still mostly there?

Clay
Clay
9 years ago

Some group should salvage that sign on the top of the building before it's too late.

guest65
guest65
9 years ago

Oh I see the links were here regarding that history, thank you for posting those!!! Sorry to read about all that.

guest65
guest65
9 years ago

I was just remembering about Townleys delivering our milk when I was a kid and then I was searching on the internet about it. It sounded sad how the company ended, I guess a conglomerate got controlling interest of the company and then fired the last Mr. Townley who was running it at the time, looked like he tried to sue but no luck? Then they just closed it down? What a shame.

bo phillips
bo phillips
9 years ago

best milk i have ever drank.

Stephen Christensen
10 years ago

Going here tonight..any update on if its occupied or not?

lilredheadgirl
lilredheadgirl
10 years ago

Has anybody been out here recently? I drove by and it appears someone has bought it and using it to store cars. Would love to get back in.

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