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Beer City (White City) OK

Vol 10, Iss 36 The following information comes from Ghosttowns of Oklahoma, by John Morris.

Beer City was located in Texas County, Sections 10 & 15, Township 6N, Range 19E, Cimarron Meridian, 21 1/2 miles north, 27 1/2 miles east of Guymon; 9 miles north, 10 miles east of Hooker.

In 1888 the SAnta Fe railway extended its tracks through western Kansas to a place now known as Tyrone in Texas County. At Tyrone, which was to remain head of the line for fifteen years, large, sturdy corrals were built. Liberal, Kansas, located about five miles northeast of Tyrone and also on the Santa Fe, was started about the same time.

When these two places came into existence Kansas had rigid prohibition laws, but law enforcement in the Public Land Strip (NO Mans Land) was almost unknown. Cowboys and cattle dealers wanted their liquor and women after a long drive, or after shipping was over, and enterprising merchants did their best to supply the product demanded. As a result, Beer City was established south of Liberal and east of Tyrone in the Panhandle lands known as No Mans Land where both seller and buyer would be least disturbed.

At first Beer City was referred to as White City, for it was a tent town. The place never had a post office, church, or school, nor did it have cattle pens or gathering pens for livestock. The townsite was never platted. A part of the main street extended east-west just south of the Kansas border, but there were also norh-south extensions, the whole being a a melange of red lights, saloons, and dance halls. The primary business was the selling of whiskey and beer at the numerious dance halls and saloons. Thus, the place became known as Beer City.

Many liquid refreshment places had several games of chance in continuous operation. Much of the liquid refreshment was manufactured locally near a stream named Hog Creek. A large and well concealed cave, shielded by a leanto and adjacent to an adequate supply of fresh water and plenty of firewood, provided the ideal place for the still. The product was tax free and was said to be bottled dynmaite. J. R. Spears, in his storys of No Mans Land stated that Beer City was composed exclusively of disreputable houses, the only village of the sort ever heard of in America.

The leading businessmen did, to some extent, tried to provide some law and order. They hired enforcers to keep con men, pickpockets, and holdup men away from those who had had too much to drink. Many saloons had drunk pens at the back of the premises where customers would be relatively safe until they could sleep it off. The merchants also provided free wrestling and boxing matches, horse racing, and wild west shows to attract patrons or to celebrate some event.

Harry E. Chrisman described some of the actions, "At the end of one celebration Pussy Cat Nell, the madam in charge of the house above the Yellow Snake Saloon, put a load of buckshot into the body of the town marshal, who was in turn an active rustler."

With the addition of the Panhandle to Oklahoma Territory in 1890, law and order came to the Public Land Strip. Beer City, which had lived two exciting years, soon disappeared. The entire area is now used for agricultural purposes.
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Indian guide Monument - NE Oklahoma

Vol 5, Iss 14 Oklahoma - Looking for any one with info about the Indian Guide Monument which originated in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. In the late 1800s it was torn down and moved to Centralia, Oklahoma. On the Oklahoma map look in the far N.E. corner for a town named Bluejacket, named after Chief Bluejacket, Shawnee Tribe that migrated into Oklahoma out of Ohio at the same time all the other tribes came to Oklahoma from Ohio. This particular area was populated by the Cherokee and the Shawnee. It seems strange that this monument is not documented anywhere." -- Ronald Hawkins - Email: hawkins@nationsnetwork.net View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Ghosttowns of Oklahoma

Vol 5, Iss 14 Oklahoma - Ghosttowns of Oklahoma... Checkout this unique website with some great info about some of our Oklahoma Ghosttowns. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Ghost Towns of Oklahoma

Vol 11, Iss 7 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
Northwestern
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Northcentral
Northeastern
Southwestern
Southcentral
Southeastern
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South Central Oklahoma Ghost Towns

Vol 11, Iss 7 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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Oklahoma Ghost Towns (Academy to Zena)

Vol 6, Iss 43 Oklahoma - "I wanted to be sure you were aware of this website, which, among other things, lists a lot of Oklahoma ghost towns (from Academy to Zena) and four books on the subject. Sure love your website. Check out: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ok/ok.html ." -- Greg View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NW Oklahoma Ghost Towns

Vol 11, Iss 7 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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Interest in Oklahoma Ghosttowns

Vol 5, Iss 16 Okemah, Oklahoma - "Hi! I have very deep rooted experiences in some of the ghost towns in Oklahoma. I was born in Okemah, and lived in Earlsboro and Cromwell, not to mention Seminole and Guthrie. I am currently living in Skiatook. I am a Civil War buff, and I am into Old West Re-enactments. I used to go to the Old Frontier City west of Okemah on highway 48. I stumbled on to your sight by accident, and would love to receive your news letter. Thanks." -- Gerald View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Avard, OK

Vol 10, Iss 19 The following information was taken from Ghosttowns of Oklahoma, by John W. Morris, page 20-22.

Avard, Woods County, Sections 26 & 35-26N-15WIM, 7 miles south, 6 miles west of Alva, Oklahoma. The Post office was established June 1, 1895 thru November 22, 1963. The newspaper was the Avard Tribune. The railroads that ran through Avard, Oklahoma were the Southern Kansas Railway (Santa Fe); Arkansas Valley and Western Railway (Frisco).

Avard was incorporated in 1904 when the Frisco tracks were extended westward from Enid to tie in with the Transcontinental line of the Santa Fe.

From the beginning the town was well supplied with mercantile establishments as well as two hotels, a bank, a livestock exchange, an elevator, and a weekly newspaper. Stock pens were adjacent to the tracks, and the town was the cattle shipping point for a large area. By 1909 some 250 people were reported living in Avard.

Since the town was both a railroad town and a cow town, it was a rough and tough place. many exciting events were reported to have happened in Avard during the Gay nineties. The town was wide open, and the saloons kept going all night. It was not uncommon for dead men to be found in the street after a gun battle.

During the years from 1910 to 1930 Avard became an important agricultural center and rail transfer point for both passengers and freight. The Santa Fe passenger trains through Avard made direct runs from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Frisco passenger lines from the East connected with the Santa Fe time schedule. Both lines kept agents and full crews stationed in Avard.

In addition to the livestock market the town had a large broomcorn warehouse, elevators for wheat storage and shipping, and a cotton gin. During this period the town built a community building where plays and concerts were given and public meetings held, churches were active, and an accredited school was developed. For a brief time there was a dance hall in operation, but after one brawl it was closed.

Avard continued to grow until the mid-1930's. Like many other Oklahoma agricultural towns, however, it became a victim of the economic depression, dust storms, farm consolidation, and changing methods of travel.

In 1943 and 1944 the town was struck by tornadoes, each time on a different site. Soon thereafter a tornado-conscious community got busy and, with donated materials and labor, completed a 10 by 20-foot underground shelter. It was made of solid concrete and was big enough to hold the entire population.

In 1973 the Frisco upgraded its line from Tulsa to Avard, at a cost of some four million dollars, so that it could interlock with the main line of the Santa Fe. There were now five or six transcontinental freight trains a day highballing through Avard. This change had little effect on the town. A few unused store buildings remain, but the only services offered were those of a cafe and an elevator. One church continued to function, but the school had been closed.
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Sod Town, Beaver Co., OK

Vol 10, Iss 19 Some NW Oklahoma ghost towns can have wild, interesting legacies that still haunt parts of "No Man's Land (Oklahoma Panhandle)." One of those ghost towns is Sod Town, in Beaver County, the first county you come to when you enter the Oklahoma Panhandle from the East.

Sod Town is located in Sec. 22-1N-26E, Cimarron Meridian, 19 miles south, 15 miles East of Beaver. Sod Town was unique among the early settlements of the Panhandle. It was the first town to be built in the eastern part of "No Man's Land," and all of the buildings were constructed of blue creek sod.

The village was described as "standing irregularly and nakedly on the prairie." It had one store, Blacksmith shop, two saloons with pool halls, restaurant, a shack that served as a school. Doors and windowsills were unpainted and often broken, refuse littered the space between buildings, and building interiors were little more than dark, bad-smelling rooms.

The town was noted for the characters -- horse theives and badmen -- who loafed around the saloons. Most of the Chitwood gang, notorious horse thieves who lived nearby and frequented the saloons and were eventually hanged by vigilantes. However, the thieves would not steal from neighbors who treated them in a friendly manner.

Harry Parker, who as a pioneer youngster attended school in Sod Town, once said, "I do not recall the name of my first teacher in No Man's Land, but I do remember that two or three of the older students carried six-shooters to school. They would remove them and hang them on the wall by their hats."

Sod Town, spawned in poverty and crime, has passed into oblivion leaving only the ghosts and haunts of the past as its legacy. The land where the town stood has been cultivated for a number of years, but the ruins of old sod buildings have left ridges that can still be seen from the road east of it." -- Ghosttowns of Oklahoma, by John W. Morris, page 180.
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Iowa Ghost Towns...

Vol 6, Iss 14 "Hi! I have a ghost towns web site at www.iowaghosttowns.com. How does one get their site listed on your list of states. Thanks." -- Mel - Email: mghill@gte.net View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Indian Guide Monument...

Vol 6, Iss 10 "The gentleman who put the query and information ion concerning the Indian guide which is pictured is incorrect in his statement that it was at Pyramid Corners and torn down in the 1800's and moved to Centralia. It is in the same place it has been in for over a century several miles southeast of Pyramid Corners. I live about a mile from it." -- Constance Schofield - Email: kavolscof@junct.com

[Editor's Note: Indian Guide Monument...] Indian guide Monument - NE Oklahoma" Looking for any one with info about the Indian Guide Monument which originated in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. In the late 1800s it was torn down and moved to Centralia, Oklahoma . On the Oklahoma map look in the far N.E. corner for a town named Bluejacket, named after Chief Bluejacket, Shawnee Tribe that migrated into Oklahoma out of Ohio at the same time all the other tribes came to Oklahoma from Ohio. This particular area was populated by the Cherokee and the Shawnee. It seems strange that this monument is not documented anywhere." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Ghost Towns of Noble County...

Vol 8, Iss 16 "In Noble County (originally County "P") alone, there were some fascinating ghosttowns, like the little community called (I think) "Jezebel" which was for females only. Not even a rooster was allowed among the chickens! Of course, it was doomed from the beginning because there wouldn't be any procreation. Even if had been around for a few years (instead of a few months) there couldn't be any growth except for immigrants.

And then there was Mendota later known as Wharton, just a mile south of Perry. The Santa Fe railroad established their depot there, intending for that to be the county seat, but since it became surrounded by Indian settlers, the Caucasians settled in what is now known as Perry Oklahoma) instead. We also had "Richburg" (where the "gold" fields were supposedly located), and Carthage, New Ponca, Burton, Bliss, Lela, Black Bear, Freeland, Polo, Gansel, Three Sands, Drace, and Arnold." -- Roy View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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