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In Search of Ghost Towns

Below is another example of research sources becoming available on the internet. The first is a combination of a town plat and directory listing for the same town. These type plats were made by the Dawes Assessment Surveyors prior to the allotments to tribal members. These assessments were made to provide a value for all land and improvements that had been made before proper allotments could be done.

The town was in the NE¼ of the SE¼ of Section 19. All distances are measured from known survey points. This means that from these survey points you can measure the distances and be right on top any of the buildings. At the top of the plat you can see the cotton gin. And the main business district are the buildings facing each other across the main drag in the upper third of the plat.

From the directory listing the population of the town was 70 circa 1900 and the town did grow before finally dwindling away. There were two general stores, a physician who had a drug & grocery store, a saw mill, a barber, a notary, a blacksmith, and a confectioner (maker of candies, pastries, and other goodies for the sweet tooth). The town also had telephone service and daily mail service with Mrs. Kate Westhoff as postmaster.

The last two items are the modern USGS Topographic Map for Section 19 and the Google Earth aerial covering Section 19. Have marked them both with the approximate location of the town. There are hundreds of these type ghost towns in Oklahoma and many more in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.

There is a lot of good research material out there on the internet for all us metal detectorist, use it. And a good starting point are the “Related Links” on the ITTHC website. Thought all might like to see an example, just scroll down.

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