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Oklahoma County Courthouse

Diana Winslow MSW ACSW LCSW says: I have the BEST view of the relief carving over the South entrance ever, sitting in the Angie Debo room at the Norrick Library across the street. They cleaned the windows yesterday, and the light is just perfect to enjoy the string of pioneer figures.


Hotel Black

John Campbell says: This is where young recruits for the Armed Forces stayed before being shipped to boot camp, I was there in 1969.


Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant

Kate Singleton says: The Ford Plant may have been designed by John Graham, Sr. from Seattle. Graham had a contract with Ford and designed the Seattle plant, Dallas, Houston and several others.


Baltimore Building

alvin pierce says: I am so glad I found this sight.. I was born in the city in 1937. My grandmother had a business located in the baltimome building.

I do have a commercially made photo of her standing in side her business. It was called ODells electric baths.


Aerial View

Christian Whitcomb says: I assume "Broadway Circle" is the circular area of buildings in the front left of the photos. Really fascinating architecture. I'm curious as to what it was--housing? A business? Very unique. I live in Washington, DC, and we have many, many circles but nothing like this, where the buildings are angled to fit around it. Really cool!


Old County Courthouse

Susan Chaney says: While I have always loved history, I am just beginning to research family stories. My great-grandfather, William Hudelson, is supposed to have been a finish carpenter on the OK City courthouse.

The dates are about right to have been this building (unless another one preceded it). His work included preparing panels for a courtroom. Some of the panels did not fit properly, and he made them into a blanket chest which I have inherited from my mother (his grand-daughter). I had hoped to be able to visit the building and find the original panels. I am sorry that this landmark has gone the way of so many of our beautiful old buildings. I would love to hear from anyone who might know more about this. Thx.


The Biltmore Hotel

Karen Quinlin I looked this up as I just aquired an antique dresser that has a sticker on the back that says "Made for the Oklahoma Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK Room 1406 Luce Furniture Company so I was wondering about the history!!


Montgomery Ward Building (OLI)

matthew says: I am a generation that does not remember....Kerrs....and "main street" as my mother remembers.....she was a Chanel counter girl at Kerrs......I miss the history that has been since taken.....I wll always remember John A. Browns.....mothers handbag and wallet always came from either Rothchilds or John A. Browns....i loved how my lunch money always smelled like the both...


The Biltmore Hotel

John T. Belt says: What a beautiful property ! I read somewhere that the building was well constructed. Urban renewal rarely works. I am, however, glad that there are still several other great sky scrapers down town.


Huckins Hotel; Huckins Garage

Richard C. Coner says: What a pleasure to enjoy these old photographs. Too bad much of the ciy is gone. My memories go back to 1941. I was one of the builders of KFNB STEREO in 1962 at the First Nationa Center. In those 18 years I watched from those windows the destruction of OKC. Only a few remain.


Huckins Hotel; Huckins Garage

Jim Davies says: My grandfather, Thomas Davies, had a restaurant called "The Sandwich Shop" supposedly located in a building at 100-something and Robinson. I'm hoping I might have found it. Great photos and history - thank you.


Huckins Hotel; Huckins Garage

Monroe Cameron says: In the very early 50's our family would drive up from Ardmore and stay at the Huckins Hotel. After arriving, we would eat on Broadway north of the Huckins on the west side of the street. Does anyone rememeber the name of the restaurant? They were open all night and I remember they served Chinese food.


Kress

SUSAN PASCHALL says: I CAN REMEMBER SO OFTEN WHEN I WENT TO KRESS, THE FLOORS WERE WOODEN (YOU KINDA WENT KLUMP, KLUMP, WHEN YOU WALKED) IT WAS THE PLACE TO GO WHEN YOU WERE DOWNTOWN. I,AM 67 and I still have fond memories.


Plaza Court

Dot Linn says: Was that picture taken before George Caporal owned the building? I had a small print shop in the middle in the 1980's and remember that era, too.


Kress

Nancy Leftwich says: I've lived here all of my life. As I recall, either the Kress store or the Woolworth's store had the first escalator in town. I only remember it going up, though.


Rock Island Railroad Depot

S Duck says: awesome


Santa Fe Railroad Station

S Duck says: love it!


Katz Drug

Ken says: I WORKED AT THE KATZ DRUG DOWNTOWN 1947 TO 1950 THEN I WENT TO THE CAPITOL HILL KATZ UNTIL 1959. THEY WERE GREAT STORES TO WORK FOR. I WAS A RECIEVING CLERK AT BOTH STORES. MET A LOT OF NICE PEOPLE. MET MY WONDERFUL WIFE THERE TOO. SHE ALSO WORKED THERE.


Katz Drug

Sherian Wood (maiden name Mobley) says: My best friend and I spent lots of time at this drug store up on the balcony. There were booths there. It was a local hangout for lots of teens in 1949 & 1950. Lots of good memories from there. Also my mom did not drive and she and I would take the bus downtown to go shopping and go to the movies. Thanks so much for this site!


Katz Drug

Yvonnie Bolner says: Katz was the hangout of all hangouts. A lifetime of memories started HERE. I can almost taste the Strawberry Banana Royale, as I picture the balcony and my friends. What a place. Thank You


Colcord Building / Beverly's Chicken in the Rough Grill

Imogene Bolner says: I worked at Beverly's Grill for several years. It was owned by Beverly Osborne, he was about the best guy in OKC. A great place to work and meet friends.


Colcord Building / Beverly's Chicken in the Rough Grill

Betty Arnett says: Good picture of the Colcord! Travelers Ins. Co was located in the Colcord when I went to work for them in 1961. A group of us would frequently walk out of the back door and go to Beverely's for coffee break, until they moved to the Kerr-Mac building in 1965.


Plaza Court

Charlene Lingo says: This scene looks so familiar, although it is about 10 years before my time. We lived not very far from this site when I was a child and attended church practically across the street. I am enjoying the map project very much. Thank you, research division!!! Charlene


Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant

Charlene Lingo says: My great-grandfather, Thomas Butcher,lived at this site and his home was moved to it's present site (I think it's on N.W. 9th near Indiana) when the property was bought so the Ford plant could be built.


Santa Fe Railroad Station

Charlene Lingo says: I'm sure we picked up my aunt and cousin from New Mexico at this station during this very year. It's a wonderful picture of what I remember as a beautiful station.


Plaza Court

Cynthia says: Great addition, I love what you all are doing with the web site. Keep it up. Fabulous!


Skirvin Tower

LaQuita Satterlee says: I spent many afternoons at 4-H banquets in banquet room where Ken ? played the organ.


First National Bank Building

LaQuita Satterlee says: It saddens me that the First National is one of the few old buildings left. The Criterian, all the old movie houses and John A Brown's, The Builtmore Hotel and many more were destroyed for urbin renewal.


Baum Building

BESSIE BAUM BROWN says: I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS BUILDING AND THE HISTORY OF THE OWENERS


Katz Drug

Brett Dickerson says: My mother worked first at the lunch counter then in the records department (as in music) during WWII. She told of how much of a hub Katz Drug was downtown. They stayed open during the war years until 12:30 AM to catch workers who were just getting off from the Douglas Plant at Tinker. And that was in the day when 6:00 was the standard closing time. This photo has much sentimental value for me in that this is what the store must have looked like around the time that my father met my mother right after the war. Later they married and she joined him at Piedmont where they raised my brother and me.


Street View

Jean Watts says: I grew up in Oklahoma City and going to the movies was part of our life because Mother loved tne Movies. Everyone seems to think that the Criterion was the prettiest theatre, but I know the Midwest was by far the prettiest. I would love to see pictures of the interior. I loved our downtown and remember it all. I hope to see it again through your pictures, Shopping was wonderful and we spent many grand times downtown. When the 2nd World War ended, we all loaded in the car and went downtown to celebrate. Most of Oklahoma City was there I was about 13 and it was so exciting. I still love Oklahoma and especially Oklahoma City. Thanks for the memories. Jean Watts


Midwest Theatre

Lillie M. East, CPS says: Great Job! I knew very well Barny. He had a son on our baseball team.

He also knew I loved his photography. He invited me to his studio on Classen, about 71 street many times.

Thank you for carrying on his legancy.

I have been trying to find the Criterian Theatre which was located on Main -- just a little down from John A Brown store. Can you help me find it? Respectfully, Lillie


Telephone Building, Pioneer Building

steven etzkin says: have tried many sources can you help. I'm looking for an image of the former times journal building at 1 nw 6th st. prior to printing business I understand it was a general motors warehouse. i work at this location now as stows office furniture and am retiring in a few months and would love to present owners with an image. if i can assist in any way please let me know. thank you.......steve etzkin


Kerr-McGee Building

helen whalen says: i worked for Kerr-Mcgee for 1 year in 1966. During that year we celebrated the birthday of one of the founders with a champagne breakfast. I remember it was in a very large auditorium inside the building and the gentleman was driven in by a cadillac convertible with top down. I thought that was very unique. I think I still have my glass if it hasnt gotten broken.


Perrine Building (Cravens Building)

Dennis Hairston says: This is a fabulous undertaking, and I appreciate everyone's efforts in bringing it about. I was so excitetd about this I went on line to see it as soon as I could. I don't know how many times I have looked at inages in the Vanished Plender series, and tried to visulize what is there now. This brings all that together.

One small thing I wanted to bring to your attention. I believe the location of the Perrine/Cravens Building (now Robinson Renaissance) is shown one block too far north on the map. It is actually located on the southwest corner of Park and Robinson, across from the First National Bank Building, not the Ramsey Tower. If you look at the First National Bank image, you will see the side of the Perrine Building, with the name painted on the building.

Thank you again for this great contribution to recording of the history of Oklahoma City.


Rockwall Apartments

Richard says: Wonderful memories, my grandparents lived one half block west of the apartments and I walked past many times as a child in the 50's.


Petroleum Building

dave says: the image is flipped, look at the Braniff sign in the distance

remarkable collection


Aerial View

Howard Bowers says: I remember this look when leaving downtown OK City for the Navy in 1952 , stayed in one of the big hotels, but don't remember which one, waiting to ship out .Lots of memories, enjoyed all the photos. Thanks


Municipal Auditorium

Carol King says: I went to many activities here as a young girl during the 1950's. Christmas parties. Several Rainbow dances etc. Wonderful pictures and memories. I was in Rainbow girls at the Masonic Lodge downtown.


Birds Eye View

Ti Phillips says: What a beautiful view! And of course, you can clearly see the John A. Brown banner on the side of the building. My grandmother worked there in the 60's until she died from cancer. I miss Browns and their personalized service. I also miss downtown at Christmas. It's just not the same now. Thank you for bringing back the memories and sharing such a wonderful photo!


Montgomery Ward Building

Carol King says: My mother worked in the basement of Wards around 1950. She road the bus to work from 2341 N.W. 37th. I would ride the bus downtown and see her at work and go to a movie alone at age 12. Wonderful pictures. Thanks


Telephone Building, Pioneer Building

Stephanie says: My grandfather told me about the construction of this building. It was one of the first buildings built with a steel structure and one windy day before they had finished tightening the bolts it started to sway out over the Broadway and when he was on his way home from delivering the Times he helped a team of men and mules pull it back upright.


Santa Fe Railroad Station

Martha Ellis says: I was born in Jan.1949, in downtown OKC.

We lived in the Grand Hotel until the summer of 1955. My father worked for the Santa Fe Transportation the trucking part of Santa Fe just south of the railroad station and across Reno Ave. I would love to see some pictures of the Grand Hotel and Wounder Bread Bakery (I cant remember the name of the Bakery before Wounder Bread) was across the street from the Grand Hotel. Honest Johns Gro. was also across from the bakery.

I love that you are going through the old pictures I would love to see as many of the old Downtown as possible. I also agree to keep and restore as much of whats left of the old buildings as possible.


Aerial View

garri says: was looking for where the fire station use to be --- would love to see that area. My grandfather owned the gas station beside it.


Colcord Building / Beverly's Chicken in the Rough Grill

Kay Neuffer Lindsey says: My father officed in Suite 312 (SW-S-SE corner) with law firm of Gomer Smith & Assoc., later Smith, Johns and Neuffer. He was there about 25 years.


Aerial View

Scott Spradling says: Thanks for providing this walk down memory lane. I fondly remember coming downtown many years ago for movies, shopping (John. A. Brown's, Rothschilds B&M, Dunlaps Sporting Goods, etc.), taking swimming lessons at the YWCA, seeing my Granddad (Ray Spradling) at the Okla. City Building & Loan and Mr. B.C. Clark in the same building, seeing the Christmas decorations across the streets, and special dinners at Bishop's or the Tower Club. Very sad the city has lost the charm it once had, but nothing stays the same.


Perrine Building (Cravens Building)

Tom Brewer says: Perhaps I am incorrect, but the direction is to the northwest.


Ramsey Tower (City National Bank Building)

Tom Brewer says: James Crowder, AF historian, Tinker AFB, and I worked together 1980-1985. He informed me of this wonderful web site. I went to Hillerman's store on N. Broadway to obtain photos as we and Jack Reise produced a pictoral history of Tinker.

OKC is my home town, born 1941 at St. Anthony Hosp. I remember mny thousands of things about downtown, Now, re Ramsey Tower. It was renamed twice in my young days: APCO Tower and then Liberty Bank Bldg. Liberty ca. 1948 or 1949. I know it was renamed because I witnessed the hoisting of the Statue of Liberty on the west facade from the 2d floor of the Rob and 1st bldg where my grand father's office was (from early 20's). Also, my dad's office was on the 6th or 7th floor of the APCO Tower before the name was changed.

If you need more details on anything, email me. One example: my great aunt had a dress shop in the Terminal Bldg ca. 1913 etc., etc. Thanks for the grand collection! Tom Brewer


Santa Fe Railroad Station

g. k. tauscher {buck} says: boarded a train on 3 Aug. 1950 . after being called to active duty with 20th inf bn. rptd to camp pendleton cal. look out Korea here we come


Commerce Exchange Building

James L. Crowder: The Oklahoma City Air Depot, which would become today's Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center/Tinker AFB, began operations on 15 Jan 42 in the Commerce Exchange Building, Suite 718.


Fidelity Bank / Park Harvey Apartments

Jim Burns says: I went to work for the bank in April 1964. I was the bank's Auditor when we moved to the new location in Feb 1972. Gosh, it was cold that night. Police had cordoned off the area when we moved the safe deposit boxes. The only time it was warm was in the police car between locations. I lived in OKC for 30 years and there are some wonderful memories contained in these pictures. Kudos to the people making this possible on the web.


Street View

C L PARKEY says: Great site. Enjoy the old pictures. Easy to move around the site. Thanks


Midwest Theatre

Kathryn (Ball) Green says: Between 1959 & 61, I worked at H.L.Green's next to the Midwest Theatre. The break room was on the 2nd floor across the alley. I watched Glenn Ford come to the opening night of one of his new movies at the Midwest Theatre.


Aerial View

Bill Stahlheber says: Love this period pictures, Street cars were great, but some intellectuals let them go for ??


Street View

Bill Stahlheber says: Those look like 1949 autos in 1942?


Kirkpatrick Hotel

carolyn bean says: I worked across the street in the Home State Life Building in the late fifties. Actually, I worked for SW BEll and many of their offices were in the old Home State Life Building. I remember this hotel well. It seems that there was a coffee shop on the ground floor where we could buy snacks


Katz Drug

marita ingraham beavin says: my mother mabel ingraham was a pharmacist at katz drug and my brother Dr. William Ingraham, as a student, worked at the cigar counter in the late 40*, early 50*s. i always loved taking the bus to downtown, never worried abut safety.


Perrine Building (Cravens Building)

Dixie Cassar says: Is this where Anna Maude's cafeteria was? Where was Brown's Dept Store?


Criterion Theatre

Nancy Chotkey says: There was a time when movies were worth seeing. And I went to many movies in the Criterion. This picture has brought back may memories. his was a wonderful hotel. I had numerous meals with my family in the hotel's resturant. I was so sad when it was destroyed.


The Biltmore Hotel

Nancy Chotkey says: This was a wonderful hotel. I had numerous meals with my family in the hotel's resturant. I was so sad when it was destroyed.


YWCA Building

Nancy Chotkey says: I took swimming lessons in this YWCA building and attended other events there.


Midwest Theatre

Nancy Chotkey says: I went to movies in this theater also. And I do remember the starry sky ceiling. I t was a wonderful old place.


Skirvin Hotel

Nancy Chotkey says: Wonderful hotel. I am so glad it is still standing. My High School pep club had a dinnerfor the football players there once. We had fun.


Katz Drug

Nancy Chotkey says: I would go in Katz either before or after attending the movie. This was a wonderful store and I loved going there.


Rockwall Apartments

Richard NIx says: Would the view be Southeast or Southwest. I was thinking from the angle it would have to be Southwest.


ross felix says: interesting historical pictures


Baum Building

Jennifer says: I love the architectural style of this building.