T.B. Ferguson Home519 N. Weigle Ave
Watonga, OK 73772
Site Director: Cindy Pitts
|Mon & Thurs||11am to 4pm|
|Fri||12:30pm to 5:30pm|
|Sat||10:30am to 3:30pm|
|Mondays & Holidays||Closed|
T.B. Ferguson Home
Thomas Benton Ferguson was born in 1857 near Des Moines, Iowa. Although he was trained to be a teacher and a Methodist minister, Ferguson began writing occasional articles for a local newspaper and became interested 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 home built in 1901. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Visit the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture to find out more about T.B. Ferguson.
This property is managed by the Friends of T. B. Ferguson Home.