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An Old Town Gone By

Below is another example of the hundreds of ghost towns in Oklahoma and adjoining states. The first is a combination of a town plat and directory listing for the town. Again 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. If you wish, you can read more about the Dawes Surveys at this link:

The Appraisal of Lands of the Choctaws and Chickasaws by the Dawes Commission

The town was in the part NE¼ & NW¼ 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. From the plat you can tell where the business district was with the buildings facing each other across Main Street.

Here is the extract from the General Land Office (GLO) Field Note giving the distance in chains the Post Office (P.O.) is West of a measured point along his line of survey on December 16, 1897:

From the directory listing the population of the town was 150 circa 1900 and the town did grow before starting to dwindling away in the 1915 to 1920 time frame. There were three general stores, two physicians, a drug store, a cotton gin, and a billard parlor. Mr. Wm. A. Lindsay was the postmaster.

Here is the Google Earth aerial covering Section 19 with the approximate location of the townsite marked for circa 1900. There is a new house on the South edge of the townsite area and that is probably the landowners.

Again 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 another example.