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I am interested in info about those two theaters. I am working on a book about small theaters and stories about the people who went to them.
 ~Tom Leek regarding Okie's story from Vol. 7 Iss. 33 titled UNTITLED

Hi, Linda: A couple of items - re the Donnan photo - it's possible that the child could be a boy - it was not uncommon for them to be posed in dresses at that young age. Also, re the comments from persons from Enid - does anyone there remember a young woman named Shirley Vail, who would hav [more]...
 ~Barbara Walters Hodges regarding Okie's story from Vol. 10 Iss. 33 titled UNTITLED

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Happy Valentines Weekend To All

Happy Valentines Day to All! Hope you were not one of those in the path of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, etc... tornadoes this week! If you were, send us your photo stories to share.

While Oklahoma and other Eastern States were being devastated with tornadoes and strong winds the beginning of this February week, SW Colorado was totaling another 11 inches of snow North of Bayfield. By the end of the week half of that new fallen snow had melted, but come Saturday morning it began to snow again. Towards Saturday afternoon the sun came out and the falling snow diminished to make way for sunshine.

As for Oklahoma's February tornadoes, I read somehwere online that since 1950s Oklahoma has had 44 tornadoes that occurred in the month of February. Some would say, "Not a common occurrence in the last 59 years!" How many tornadoes have you seen in February in the last 50-some years?

Our hearts go out to those in and around Lone Grove, Oklahoma, in Carter county. We hope that they have the desire to rebuild back again -- stronger, better, greener than ever before -- with their neighbor, friends helping build a green community just as Greensburg, Kansas has done.
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Chimney Rock, Woodward Co., OK

Charles Cook, in the Louisiana Bayou, sent us this view of Chimney Rock and says, "This is a better view of Chimney Rock, from an old post card. I saw that land mark some years before it fell down. Note that someone is standing at the foot of the rock ? could have fallen at any moment."

Meanwhile ... Go through your family treasures and gather old stories and photographs of Northwest Oklahoma's Chimney Rock! Help us help the Freedom Museum gather exhibit information, photographs and stories of Chimney Rock in Northwest Oklahoma.

[Editors Note: Here are some comments from last weeks OkieLegacy eZine: Chimney Rock, Woodward Co., OK
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Alva Pioneer George E. Nickel

George Nickel was a member of Territorial Board of Education for Normal Schools and a native of Missouri, engaged in business in Kansas and Colorado.

Before coming to Alva in August 1897, Nickel was in the banking business at Amarillo, Texas. He came to Alva and entered the Exchange Bank as a partner and cashier, which he had retained that position as of 1904.

Nickel was considered one of the best banking men in the West. In 1902 he was appointed by Governor Ferguson, as a member of the Territorial Board of Education for Normal schools. Mr. Nickel was a progressive citizen who was always ready to give a liberal portion of his time and means for the good of Alva and Woods county.
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1936 - Nickels Mansion Becomes Elks Lodge

Some of you northwestern Oklahoman's might remember the George Nickel Mansion, in Alva, on the Southwest corner of Locust & 13th Street. BUT ... Did you know that in 1936 the former, elegant mansion of Mr. and Mrs. George Nickel that took up the whole block on Locust Street, between 13th and 14th Street, south side of Locust Street, had been purchased by the Alva Elks lodge in 1936?

We found this 1936 news article in the Publication, The Oklahoman, dated May 10, 1936, page 62, with headlines reading: "Fine Old Mansion Becomes Big Problem to Alva Elks."

Here is the 1936 news article -- Alva, May 9 (1936) (Special) -- "They look a trifle self-conscious, sheepish, even, the row of masculine brown oak arm chairs with scarred legs and torn black leather seats.

"They seem to feel their insufficiency, their plebian origin, now that they are torn from their original setting in a small town club room and transported by several strong armed huskies with a truck into a lady's drawing room whose walls were hand tinted by an eastern artist into a shadow pattern of two toned pale rose vines and blossoms, this pattern merging gently into a bas relief ceiling of cream cornucopias and garlands of rosebuds dropping from the hands of fat and blond cherubs.

"The chairs stand huddled against the wall, upon a formerly polished floor now guiltless of the ministrations of a dust mop -- and concede by their very hangdog look that they are incongruous there and can in no way fit into the former glory of spindle legged gilt chairs and tables upon oriental rugs. For the old George Nickel mansion has passed under the hammer, been sold for a song, and sold again, this time to the Alva Elks lodge, which is moving in.

"Sam Clark, exalted ruler, concedes the incongruity of the Elks furniture in such regal surroundings. Soon it will be whisked into the basement, he announces, where a cement floor, two great red brick fireplaces and sunny windows will make a masculine room after their own hearts.

"But what to do with the beautifully decorated rooms upon the first floor, drawing room, library, long dining room, reception halls, is a problem, as are the great bedrooms upon the second floor, each master bedroom with its hand painted walls and huge bathroom; each with fireplace and cedar lined closet. The third floor is no problem. The ball room and two small adjoining rooms will be used for the Elks danes. And -- the second floor may be used by bachelor members if they can furnish it appropriately! But that first floor!

"The house in question is a three-story, yellow brick house built 30 years ago (1906) by Mrs. George Nickel, daughter of deceased banker who boasted of a string of eight banks, and wife of another banker. The material throughout was the finest obtainable. The doors on the first floor are solid mahogany, inlaid. The tops of the newel posts, the hand rails and treads are solid mahogany. The woodwork is bone-white enamel, the capitals of the Ionic columns supporting the tall ceilings are picked out in gold leaf.

"The Fireplaces are tiled. The walls were all hand painted by New York artists imported for the work. As you ascend the stairway a great mirror faces you. Bathroom doors are full length mirrors. Closets large enough to hold a bed, greet you every turn. it is all very beautiful -- fitted for gracious living -- and all rather appalling to the practical Elks who do not possess the small fortune it would take to fit seemly furniture into the vacant places left by the sale of the teakwood, carved ebony and mahogany furniture belonging to Mrs. Nickel.

"Besides the great recreation room, there are in the basement six other rooms, all finished, and a space large enough for six more, which has brick walls but only earthen floor.

"Some plan whereby the beautiful building may be used for a civic center for the women of the town is a nebulous plan of the Elks, once they have established their own lares and penates in the basement."
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Lone Grove Tornado

Stanley says, "Feb. 10, 2009, about 7:30 p.m. a tornado came through. It is like a miracle on our 3 acres 2 miles south of Lone Grove's Highway.

We didn't get that much wind, nor much rain. But the tornado came through just a mile east of us on the east edge of Lone Grove city limits and the highway near Brock Road and the Highway.

As best I can tell, the most damage was in the downtown Lone Grove area, on either side of the highway 70 that goes into Ardmore. That trailer park is in downtown Lone Grove on the south side of Highway 70.

We did not have electricity until Thursday evening."
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Woodford & Lone Grove, OK

Michelle - - says, "I presently own and live in my property here in Woodford, which also happens to be FOR SALE.

It is the former original site of the Woodford Church, and the original stoops to the church entry are still here and now serve as benches for us! I also have a few pics, as well as the original abstract to the property. The abstract is full of historical information to my land."

Michelle "Belle" Swartz also says, "I have just survived the tornado that occured in Lone Grove 3 days ago, but one of my closest friends, molly, did not.

One of the saddest parts to this story is that she will never know she meant so much to me.

Until I heard them announce her name and where she worked, I didn't even know her last name.

She was usually one of the first people I saw almost every morning for the past 6 years.

She was just a store clerk at a convenience store to most people, but not to me.

She new about my daughter, she new about the guys I had dated, the man that sold me my house, where I worked, and so much more.

She new everything about me, except that she is what "made my day". And now she never will.

I could not sleep tonight, and stumbled upon your site. I live in Woodford, and was googling for historical information on my no-nexistant town when I found you.

Your words have brought me comfort tonight, as well as taught me a lesson or two.

I will never again let ANYONE in my life NOT know of their importance to me ... Not matter how small or insignificant it may be. Thank you!"
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Warwick Homestead In Clover Lick, WV

Michelle, of Clover Lick, WV says, "My husband and I have property that has been handed down from Jacob Warwick in Clover Lick. It is not the Bed and Breakfast known as Warwickton. We have visited there.

This is the property where some feel the Clover Lick Fort was. The tracts are split up to different extended family members, but because we were married in Clover Lick and seemed to be the most interested and able, we were lucky enough to get what the family has referred to as the "house on the hill." The story that is handed down is that the two houses that stood on that foundation before were burned by Indians.

We have well documented history on the Clover Lick property from the 1900's, but are still gathering information from 1700's and dealing specifically with Jacob Warwick. We are restoring the house, this one was said to have been built in 1876, and we just had electric ran last year.

My feeling is the back part of the house, the summer kitchen portion is original, but I can't get my husband to agree. We have letters that came out of a trunk that refer to people that we are just now learning about. I am pretty sure I have a letter talking about someone being held in prison in Richmond, Va., which I am thinking may be linked to the story of Mary Hamilton.

It is like we have items that we know have historic significance, but don't know the story behind them. I have many pictures and stories to share to fill in holes, as I am sure you could do the same.

There is also said to be three Indian chiefs buried on the property, which is only now starting to make sense.
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Ghost Towns of Oklahoma

The definitions of Ghost Towns could be applied to hamlets, villages, towns, and cities that are no longer in existence, all buildings and indications of existence having been either destroyed or covered by water; where the remains of business and/or residential structures still stand but are largely unused; and where the population has decreased at least 80% from its maximum.

The Ghost Towns of Oklahoma were all developed for varying lengths of time and languished or died as agricultural technology changed. Transportation lines developed and shifted, mineral resources became depleted, and a new lfie style came into existence (especially in Indian & Oklahoma Territory).

Maps of County Seats
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Oklahoma Counties & County Seats

We are in the process of incorporating our ghost towns of Oklahoma into our OkieLegacy ezine database. Here is a list of Oklahoma counties and their county seats:

Adair - Stilwell
Alfalfa - Cherokee
Atoka - Atoka
Blaine - Watonga
Beaver - Beaver City
Beckham - Sayre
Bryan - Durant
Caddo - Anadarko
Canadian - El Reno
Carter - Ardmore
Cherokee - Tahlequah
Choctaw - Hugo
Cimarron - Boise City
Cleveland - Norman
Coal - Coalgate
Comanche - Lawton
Cotton - Walters
Craig - Vinita
Creek - Sapulpa
Custer - Arapaho
Delaware - Jay
Dewey - Taloga
Ellis - Arnett
Garfield - Enid Garvin - Pauls Valley
Grady - Chickasha
Grant - Medford
Greer - Mangum
Harmon - Hollis
Harper - Buffalo
Haskell - Stigler
Hughes - Holdenville
Jackson - Altus
Jefferson - Waurika
Johnston - Tishomingo
Kay - Newkirk
Kiowa - Hobart
Kingfisher - Kingfisher
Latimer - Wilburton
LeFlore - Poteau
Lincoln - Chandler
Logan - Guthrie
Love - Marietta
Major - Fairview
Marshall - Madill
Murray - Sulphur
Mayes - Pryor
McCurtain - Idabel
McIntosh - Eufaula
Muskogee - Muskogee
Nowata - Nowata
Noble - Perry
Okfuskee - Okemah
Okmulgee - Okmulgee
Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
Osage - Pawhuska
Ottawa - Miami
Payne - Stillwater
Pawnee - Pawnee
Pittsburg - McAlester
Pontotoc - Ada
Pottawatomie - Shawnee
Pushmataha - Antlers
Rogers - Claremore
Roger Mills - Cheyenne
Seminole - Wewoka
Sequoyah - Sallisaw
Stephens - Duncan
Texas - Guymon
Tillman - Frederick
Tulsa - Tulsa
Wagoner - Wagoner
Washington - Bartlesville
Washita - Cordell
Woods - Alva
Woodward - Woodward
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South Central Oklahoma Ghost Towns

This is more information from our OkieLegacy Ghosttown pages, that was submitted by Ernest Martin back sometime ago and we are moving it to our OkieLegacy ezine database for easier searching, viewing.

Wilson Creek, OK Ernest Martin traveled to Newport, Woodford, Gene Autry, Durwood, Cornish & Legate. Legate is in the extreme northeast corner of Love County. A county road travels around the outside perimeter of Lake Murray, yet for the town itself, Ernest found nothing there except a rather large, but well kept cemetery. Now and then there would be a modern home.

The land is beautiful with large trees but few signs of the land ever having been tilled. Ernest mentioned that he was sure at one time they grew cotton there. Today there are a few very large peanut fields in the sandy soil. Ernest included a picture of the cemetery.

There is nothing that is still standing there except a well kept cemetery. Legate had a post office from September 25, 1905 until Sept. 15, 1921. The Ardmore Library has a book there entitled A History of Love County [credited to the Love County Heritage Society] there was not even a simple acknowledgement that Legate ever existed. Its not just a ghost town because it seems that the spirit is gone also.

Wilson Creek
Wilson Creek, OK Back North and then East of Legate, you came to the location where the town of Wilson Creek once stood. Wilson Creek is located near Wilson Creek & southeast of Ardmore 10 miles or so. (This Wilson should not be confused with the town of Wilson which is west of Ardmore about 17 miles sometimes referred to as New Wilson.) Not a sign of any structure exists there but there is a well kept cemetery.

On this road, another mile or so on east, you travel up a hill to find the location of the "Wilson Creek Cemetery." The cemetery was in much disarray due to a recent storm that came through recently. Large trees appeared to having been struck by lightning. The US flag pole stood there but the flag was not mounted there in it's usual place. Marshall County is just a very short distance from here. The countryside is beautiful with its hills & large trees.
Durwood, OK
Wilson Creek, OK From Wilson Creek, if you head north on the Dickson Road until you come to Hwy-199 (old HWY 70) and turn back east again. There is located the Durwood road that you can travel south until it branches off to the east and into Marshall County.

Durwood was in two different locations when it was located in Marshall County only to later be moved to just barely inside Carter County. At this present site we are located in an area that co-mingles back and forth with Johnston, Carter and Marshall Counties. A few houses are along the road but nothing that could be identified with a town. Durwood was originally in two different locations in Marshall County - but ultimately ended up just barely inside of Carter County. This is all east of Ardmore a few miles.

When Ernest was a child he had a neighbor that grew up at Durwood & he told about businesses being there including a Drug store, etc. It had its beginning in what is known as the "yellow hills" in Marshall County. Although it had three very distinct locations each one was graced with a post office.
Newport, OK
Wilson Creek, OK If you go West on HWY-70 to Lone Grove and turned north on Newport Road, you will find what remains of Newport (just north of Lone Grove). It is gone, except perhaps one old building. The cemetery is at the very road side. By following this road (Newport Road) North 15 miles or so you will arrive at Woodford.

Newport was located North of Lone Grove several miles and there is nothing there now except a very large cemetery. Newport had a post office from 1892 until 1961.

As you travel north along this road the scenery becomes very picturesque and soon the mountains appears back in the north. What a beautiful drive it is as you travel toward Woodford. As you travel on this road which is covered with an arbor of wonderful large trees, the terrain is rolling hills which soon reveal the mountains more clearly in the distance and the blue haze gives the scenery a depth that is not surpassed by any you might have ever seen elsewhere.
Woodford, OK
Wilson Creek, OK The Arbuckle mountains hold a course east & west all along the horizon. Large ranches appear all along the road and are very evident all along the north side of highway 53, which we will travel when we go back east from Woodford.

However, now we are still going north on the road we called Newport road earlier and suddenly we come to the junction with highway 53 & then the location of where the town of Woodford once existed. The old store building which also housed the post office is standing but it is nailed up tight.

Wilson Creek, OK As Ernest went further north he occasionally saw the remains of a building. Often there is only rubble where a home once stood and sometimes there is an old chimney still standing as if it were standing guard over the old home place. The road winds around the hills and there is the old covered spring which no longer flows but still trickles a little water.

Wilson Creek, OK Next ... we come to an elaborate fenced in area which lets you know that this ranch is not open to the public but now we see the gateway into the area that is located below the large concrete dam that was built to hold water for Ardmore. This Ardmore Mountain lake was the lone source of water for Ardmore many years and the pipeline that carries the water does so by gravity flow. At the lake office the lady there shows a huge Rattlesnake skin that was mounted on a board. The board was wide enough, but it was only about five feet long so it would not accommodate the longer snake skin they also have.

If you drive up the mountain, you can take a picture of the Ardmore Mountain Lake, which by the way holds the record for some of the largest fish that have ever been caught in Oklahoma. Woodford now days only exists as a memory. No growth, no new homes -- nothing is going on at Woodford.
Gene Autry, OK
Wilson Creek, OK As you travel back on highway 53, traveling east toward Springer and then on east to the town of Gene Autry. Gene Autry is NOT a ghost town. Gene Autry is changed quite a bit but it is still there and doing business. It is not really a ghost town, although, it did play dead for a while. It was like the Phoenix and has lifted itself out of the ashes.

The Ardmore Industrial Park, which is a short distance away has given the town a real boost. The business section has grown and many fine new homes appear all around the hills of the area. There are no vacant houses and they have at least two very beautiful churches. They no longer have a school, but the old building is used as a museum. The Old Berwin school building now houses the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum of Local History. When the town of Berwin gave up its name to be called "Gene Autry," the school kept the name Berwin.

Cornish (Jefferson Co) has been pretty well absorbed into the Ringling Metroplex.

ADDINGTON is loacted in south central Oklahoma, Jefferson County, Sec. 6-T4S-R7W, 6 miles north, 2 miles east of Waurika. Post Office 8 January 1896. Newspaper - Addington Free Lance; Addintong Advertiser; Addington Journal; Addington Herald. Railroads - Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. It's start in the 1890s after the Rock Island extended its tracks southward from Minco to the Red River. Town incorporated in 1901.

ACME is located in south central Oklahoma, Grady County, Sec. 23-T4N-R8E, 17 miles south, 4 miles west of Chickasha; 1 mile north, 3 miles west of Rush Springs. Post Office established 8 Arpil 1913 thru 29 March 1931. Railroad town with Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, abandoned 1930. Acme develloped when the Acme Cement and Plaster Company built a large mill and power plant at the site in 1911.
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List of Oklahoma Ghost Towns

Here is a list of some more Oklahoma ghost towns taken from our OkieLegacy Ghost Towns pages and moved to our OkieLegacy eZine database:

AMORITA - was named for Amorita Ingersoll, wife of the president of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway.

ASHLEY - A town located on the NE quarter in 27-12-19 owned by Frank Ashley. Also 10 acres was laid out in 27-12-20 in the NW corner.

AUBURN - named for Auburn, KY. It had a post office between 1894 and 1903.

AUGUSTA - Alfalfa County, Section 5, Township 24N, Range 12W.

BURLINGTON - originally located 12 miles north of Cherokee where it had a post office from 1900 to 1902. In 1907 the post office at nearby Drumm changed its name to Burlington. It is believed named for Burlington, IA.

BYRON - post office established in 1894. The town was named after Byron Spurrier, a relative of the first postmaster.

CARMEN - established in 1901. The name of the town was a trade-off between Arthur Stilwell, who owned the Orient Railroad, and Mexican President Porfirio Diaz. Stilwell named a town in Oklahoma for Diaz' wife, Carmen Romero Rubio de Diaz, and Diaz renamed Topolobampo, proposed western terminus of the railroad, Port Stilwell. [wouldn't this be Avard?? rcm]

CARWILE - located five miles south of Helena, it had a post office from 1894 to 1905. Named for James D. Carwile, an early settler.

CHEROKEE - took its name from the Cherokee Outlet, also called the Cherokee Strip.

CLAY - located near Clay Creek, a tributary of the Salt Fork River. It existed from 1894 to 1902.

DRIFTWOOD - named for nearby Driftwood Creek. Its first post office was in 1894 and, although it stil exists today, thepost office closed in 1959.

DRUMM - named for Major Andrew Drumm, an early day rancher. In 1907 the name was changed to Burlington and a few years later some of the residents tried unsuccessfully to change it again, this time to Wheaton.

EAGLE CHIEF - Alfalfa County, Section 5, Township 24N, Range 12W.

ELKTON - eight miles south of Cherokee, it had a post office from 1899 to 1909.

FRIENDS - took its name from the Stella Friends Academy where the post office was located from 1899 to 1901.
GOLTRY - was first called Karoma and located a mile southeast of the present town. In 1904 the name was changed to Goltry after a local businessman, Charles Goltry.

HELENA - named for Helen S. Monroe, first postmaster, in 1894.

INGERSOLL - located four miles northwest of Cherokee, had a post office from 1901 to 1942. It was named for C. E. Ingersoll, a Philadelphia railroad official.

JET - its post office was established in 1894 and the town named after the local miller, W. M. Jett, who became the first postmaster.

KAROMA - established in 1894, the name was changed to Goltry in 1904.

KEITH - located seven miles northwest of Ingersoll, it was named for Charles Keith, first postmaster, in 1894. It closed in 1904.

KNOWLTON - named for first postmaster, George Knowlton, in 1901. It lasted three years.

LAMBERT - founded by Ambrose Lambert, it had a post office from 1901 to 1952.

LONETREE - four miles northeast of Amorita from 1895 to 1902, is was named for a nearby cottonwood tree.

McWILLIE - six miles west of Helena, had a post office from 1910 to 1934.

MARION - located near Ingersoll, it existed from 1897 to 1901.

MENDON - three miles east of Byron, had a post office from 1897 to 1910.

MILAN - northeast of Helena, had a post office from 1895 to 1902. NEEDS - near Byron, had a post office from 1896 to 1900. OXFORD - had a post office from 1898 to 1903.

ROUNDGROVE - had a post office from 1894 to 1901.

SHORT SPRINGS - A town 1/2 mile south of the South Springs schoolhouse, Twp 27-Range 12-Section in the SE of Section 29, at the Short Springs on the land owned by Young Short.

SPRINGS - named for the springs along Sandy Creek, it had a post office from 1895 to 1904.

TIMBERLAKE - northeast of Helena. The post office closed in 1905. VANCE - named for Carrie Vance, postmaster from 1895 to 1898 when it closed.

VINING - 12 miles east of Cherokee, it had a post office from 1914 to 1930. Named for the many trumpet vines growing in the area.

YEWED - named for Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish American ar, they spelled his name backwards. It had a post office from 1898 to 1952.
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NW Oklahoma Ghost Towns

This information was gathered by Rod Murrow awhile back and used to be on one of our "Ghost Towns" webpages before we had this OkieLegacy database. We have done away with the "ghosttowns" directory and we are incorporating those stories into our OkieLegacy eZine database in the next few months.

The information below is accurate (Augusta's location), but somewhat incomplete. All of this (and many other towns current and past) came from a little publication Town & The Woods County originally included Alfalfa County as well, because the next eastern boundary shows Waukomis and Enid. This clearly shows it as Woods and not M.

AUGUSTA, Alfalfa County, Section 5, Township 24N, Range 12W (located a mile west of Carmen, had a post office from 1895 to 1912.); Zula, Woods County, Section 11, Township 27N, Range 13E; (Zula, located 3 1/2 miles north of present day Dacoma was the first Post Office.) Alfalfa County, Section 5, Township 24N, Range 12W (established in 1894, it lasted a year and then merged with nearby Augusta.).

AUGUSTA soon grew from a little trading post and post office into a thriving little village where nearly all branches of business were represented. The growth was steady and the town soon filled with a class of business men whose energies coupled with the conservativeness made it a trade center for miles around. Mr. Stilwell [note: President of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad, mentioned earlier in this article] was persuaded to locate their railroad line through Woods County and establish a town site within two miles of Augusta.

The same energetic group which made Augusta prosperous turned their attention to this new town, which received the name of Carmen.

The new town of Augusta opened Dec. 18, 1900 with the sale of lots on the main line of the Orient R.R. Prices of the lots ran $500 for corner business lots, next to the corner was $450, inside lots $400, etc. Residence lots ran $50 to $250 according to location. This was the first town to be located on the new Orient Railroad. The first day of the sale 125 lots were sold for the amount of $50,000. The old Orient depot is still there, with a caboose. I think they intended to create some kind of historical society/museum operation, but it didn't get off the ground

Also, in the same collection was a newspaper article, no paper name nor date included, that mentioned the closing of the RR station on Friday, May 13, 1983. It includes these comments: "The historical significance of the structure [the depot building] can be realized by taking into account that it was the first depot in Oklahoma on the Orient Railroad and was given the name "Carmen" in commemoration of the wife of Mexico/s President Diaz."

The first train steamed into Carmen> in March of 1903 bearing railroad President Arthur Stillwell, Vice-President Dickinson and other railroad officials [the name Stilwell/Stillwell, spelled two ways in these two documents. For what it's worth, STILLWELL is the spelling by the newspaper, STILWELL is the spelling by Chuck Belknap --RCM.]

CLYMER, Woods County, Section 18, Township 24N, Range 13W;

DACOMA, Woods County, Section 11, Township 25N, Range 13W; Homer was the name of the pump station for the railroad, but the name "Homer" was already taken, so Dakoma was chosen. Due to a clerical error, Dacoma was recorded. Promoters from Fayetteville, Arkansas, with A. F. Wolfe as it representative formed the Dakoma Town Co., purchased land and planned the town. Dakoma was located in the E/2 of Section 11 T25N-R13W on the original claims of Frank Kimberline and Nathan Dedman (both negroes). Blocks were platted and a locust tree planted in the corner of each block. The last locust tree was chopped down in 1977. The Lots sold for $30 each.

CARMEN - Quoting from an article written by Chuck Belknap (no date, and his "real" name is Charles, nickname is Chuck) about the history of Carmen. CARMEN might be said to date back to the opening of the Cherokee Outlet, commonly known as The Strip, when a few men made the race in the heart of Woods County, secured claims, and established a little trading post called Eagle Chief, within one-half mile of the limits of the present city of Carmen.

EAGLE CHIEF consisted of one store, one residence and one blacksmith shop, and upon application for a post office they found they could not procure one under the name of Eagle Chief on account of another of the same name, so the post office was given the name of Augusta, and it, together with the store and blacksmith shop, were soon moved one mile northwest onto a forty-acre tract which was proved up for townsite purposes. EAGLE CHIEF was established in 1894, it lasted a year and then merged with nearby Augusta.

Finally, in an article in the Enid Morning News, Sunday, September 25, 1988 (page A-4) under the heading Windows on the Past, is an article by Bill Edson mentioning the origins of towns in Alfalfa County, which might lead you to some new ghost town names as well.

AUGUSTA was located a mile west of Carmen, had a post office from 1895 to 1912.

Other town names in this article: Alger, Aline, Alvaretta, Amorita, Ashley, Auburn, Burlington, Byron, Carmen, Carwile, Cherokee, Clay, Driftwood, Drumm, Elkton, Friends, Goltry, Helena, Ingersoll, Jet, Karoma, Keith, Knowlton, Lambert, Lonetree, McWillie, Marion, Mendon, Milan, Needs, Oxford, Roundgrove, Short Springs, Springs, Timberlake, Vance, Vining, Yewed (named for Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish American War, they spelled his name backwards. It had a post office from 1898 to 1952).

The others have brief descriptions, too. As far as she knew, the woman who was in charge of the museum did not know of any photos taken at Augusta, at least to her knowledge. Further, there was a newspaper in Augusta, albeit only briefly, and I am not sure if copies exist anywhere or not. The Oklahoma Historical Society has a big microfilm library of OK newspapers and mentions this one -- the Cherokee Library has copies of old Alfalfa County papers on microfilm, but neither the museum NOR the library has a microfilm reader. Lots of film, but no way to read it.
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