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Old Victory Baptist Church

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Built: ~1920 | Abandoned: 1960s
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan
Sunday School Class of Nov. 1933 in front of Old Victory Baptist Church

Based on the stonework of the old Victory Baptist Church in Pershing its construction is estimated to have been in the late 1920s. Church records showed that in 1924 the church had about fifty-sixty attendees, twenty-five from Pawhuska and fifteen from nearby Nelogoney. Rev. Nail was elected pastor of the church that year, he had been holding a revival there. Soon after he would move into the parsonage that sits just north of the church. According to more church records, a Rev. James Gore was the pastor in 1934 and it can only be assumed that he lived in the parsonage as well. It is constructed of the same rock as the church building but is in much better condition suggesting that it continued as a home after the church’s closure.

Old Victory Baptist Church in the background ca. 1945 Provided by Carol Murray Berryman

Sheryl R. Freeman recollected that her parents attended the Victory Baptist Church back in the 50s and 60s up until its closure. Too young to have very many of her own memories there she did remember that the church closed after the roof failed to be repaired in the 1960s. It continued to deteriorate from there and now remains an outer shell of its former self. The parsonage just north still has its room and appears to be used as storage now.

Article by AOK Photojournalist Emily Cowan


“10 Oct 1924, 6 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659166682/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

“12 Sep 1924, 8 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659172935/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

“13 Apr 1934, 4 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659270638/?terms=baptist%20church%20pershing%20oklahoma&match=1.

“19 Sep 1924, 8 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659224165/?terms=baptist%20church%20pershing%20oklahoma&match=1.

“2 Mar 1934, 4 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659268437/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

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Emily Cowan

Emily was brought into the Abandoned OK Team in December of 2019. “I’m not gonna lie I fangirled a bit. My first published post I was ecstatic, I felt like I finally had the right audience for my work. The opportunities that came with it made me love the website even more. I remember my first interview with a couple at Waukomis Christian Church. They had bought and restored the 1897 church and insisted on keeping the original sanctuary despite being advised on moving it. We talked with them for at least a good 40 minutes about the church, the abandoned Waukomis Middle School beside it, and the towns other disappearing buildings. They even rang the bell for us that has sat in the bell-tower for the last 120 something years ago. We could tell they were just as passionate about preserving Oklahoma’s dwindling history as we were. When interviewing people and hearing the first-hand stories and recollections of a place and seeing how a person connects to a building, it forms a connection between not only you and that person but yourself and that building.”

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Mark Sewell
Mark Sewell
8 months ago

Amazing how these native stone structures still remain standing

Larry Tiller
Larry Tiller
8 months ago

Nice looking pictures

Jane Beard Whitesides
Jane Beard Whitesides
8 months ago


8 months ago

THanks for posting i have seen this from the road and wondered what it was

Larry Carr
Larry Carr
8 months ago

I think these are very moving pictures

H. Melvin James
9 months ago

I appreciate this informative and richly historical article. I applaud their mission toward helping to secure, preserve, and restore these valuable vestiges of our local culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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