Townley Dairy

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: CommercialFarm
Year Built: 1974
Year Abandoned: 1998
Status: Demolished
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

Google maps satellite view still shows the Dairy in it’s pre-fire state, street view gives a more recent image of the damage caused by the fire. There is quite a bit left behind skids of plastic milk jugs, labels, office furniture, holding tanks, old machinery, paper work, manuals, and loads more things you’d expect to find in a factory setting. Most of it is damaged or scorched by the fires. The floor on the bottom level of the factory is heavily soiled with oil and flooded with water from rain. In several of the holding tank rooms you can get a slight scent of sour milk still. Definitely one of the cooler places I have checked out.

If interested in a bit of the history; here are a couple of the links I stumbled upon when doing some research on the location.
The first being an article on Guy Townley and his suit against Farm Fresh for his termination, the second being a pdf of the City of Oklahoma’s memorandum of securing the factory, and the last being the court record of Townley’s case against Farm Fresh.
http://tinyurl.com/y9agemo
http://tinyurl.com/y87ktt2
http://tinyurl.com/y889qyb

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Caye
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Caye

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
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Chris

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

John Milligan
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John Milligan

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
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Alice

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
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ShelbyF

Is the building still mostly there?

Clay
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Clay

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

guest65
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guest65

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

guest65
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guest65

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
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bo phillips

best milk i have ever drank.

Mildew
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Mildew

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 »

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

lilredheadgirl
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lilredheadgirl

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.

Teezy
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Teezy

i live right next to townleys abandoned factory. ive lived here before the two fires were set. ive been inside there so many times, i know my way around the whole place. if anyone wants to go in, let me know and i will show you the creepiest spots. I remember back when i was a teenager me and a few friends use to run around in there and play hide n go seek.

Jake
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Jake

Me and my friends would like to check it out. is there anyway in it today?

Kara
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Kara

Hey could u email me. I'm very interested. Beautifulmess0928@gmail.com

Marina
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Marina

Do you happen to know who the owner is? I went there last Saturday and spoke to a couple that told us a partial owner lived near the area.

SiSi
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SiSi

Me and my friends are really interested in visiting to take pictures for a school project

ms. t
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ms. t

this place is located in ahigh crime area. so do make sure you have someone with you. anyway you wouldn't want to get hurt and be all alone and the cell phone not work….just be safe!!!

lilredheadgirl
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lilredheadgirl

This was my first UrbEx as well. It is an amazing place. However, I have not been able to go inside the actual warehouse too far as I have been alone and got a bit freaked out. LOL Anyone who is up for a tour of the place let me know. It is up for sale now and I want to go in more depth than I have been able to before. So if you are up for it, let me know. You can reach me through my website… 1000beautifulthings.com

OKCEXP
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OKCEXP

Be careful around there. When we went there we saw a couple of womens panties and clothing, which I gather, because of the area equals prostitution. Also the main area up the delivery ramp with all the graffiti in a large gathering area, usually signals gang activity. We noticed this same thing at Robberson Steel. A huge area with a "grandstand" above the rest of the area. It seems the same at Townley. Just sn FYI explore with a buddy or alone with a gun! LOL

OKCEXP
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OKCEXP

Went here the other weekend and it was really awesome! It still smelled like it was burning. The graffiti was awesome, there isn’t much like this in the city! We also salvaged some old townley milk bottles with old adds on them.

Billy!
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Billy!

Glad you guys like it! I’ll try and grab some more and more recent shots sometime when I head back down to OKC.

psychosaw13
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psychosaw13

Hey Billy, Got Milk? lol!
Yeah the spiral staircase is my fave too!

Billy!
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Billy!

Haha, "Got Milk?".
I haven't heard that one in a while.
It's one of my favorites too, along with the chair picture and the don't fall guy.

Tracy
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Tracy

I used to be a delivery driver for townleys, what memories

BIlly!
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BIlly!

Glad you guys like it! I'll try and grab some more and more recent shots sometime when I head back down to OKC.

AbandonedOK Team
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Usually I am not a fan of graffiti in buildings, but photo #56 is a perfectly composed photo. Looks great!

Fiend
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Fiend

Love that spiral staircase in pic #25!

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