T. B. Ferguson Home519 North Weigle Avenue
Watonga, OK 73772
Site Director: Cindy Pitts
|Monday and Thursday||11:00 am to 4 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm to 5:30 pm|
|Saturday||10:30 am to 3:30 pm|
|Mondays & Holidays||Closed|
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T. B. Ferguson Home
Thomas Benton Ferguson was born in 1857 near Des Moines, Iowa. Although he was trained as a teacher and Methodist minister, Ferguson began writing occasional articles for a local newspaper and developed an interest in journalism. After the 1892 land run, Ferguson brought his family to Watonga, Oklahoma Territory, where he established the Watonga Republican. He remained the publisher of the newspaper until his death in 1921.
Ferguson was governor from November 1901 until January 1906, longer than any other territorial governor. After Governor Ferguson's death in 1921 his wife, Elva, managed the newspaper until 1930. In 1927, the famous novelist Edna Ferber stayed in the Ferguson home where she found much of the material for her novel, Cimarron.
The Ferguson home is a three-story Victorian-style home built in 1901. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture to find out more about T. B. Ferguson.
This property is managed by the Friends of T. B. Ferguson Home.