Grant Co., OKLAHOMA
THE HOT OKLAHOMA SUN beats
down on the battered, sagging, wooden canopy in front of the long-closed Deer
Creek General Store. Weeds and grass overrun brick sidewalks
Unreadable advertisements flake off of weathered brick walls and still
glitter on windows
on empty buildings lining Deer Creek’s Main
Street. Only a few birds and the flapping of the
Post Office flag break the ghostly silence.
When founded in 1894, the wheat-farming town of
In 1930 the
town’s population peaked at 312. Since
then it has steadily decreased, to 147 in 2000, and about 128 folks now. Half
of those are members of the still-active
The business district is located about a half mile south of the state highway and stretches a couple blocks. It is composed of a collection of unoccupied buildings, vacant spaces and the still operating post office, three churches, school, Deer Creek Town Hall & Fire Department and the Clyde Co-Op Deer Creek Elevator. Remains of the “good-ole days” include: another church, and along the west side of Main Street: the solid brick automobile garage/dealership, a pair of joined two-story brick structures (one of which looks like it may have been a hotel), the Deer Creek Mercantile Company General Store (purveyors of groceries, meats, dry goods, and sundries), a small red false-fronted clothing store, the dark, brown brick Trust Worthy Hardware store and an unidentified, saggy-roofed wooden false-front sleeping under the shade of a huge tree. About half the homes are vacant, and the only activity seems to center around an automobile repair garage/gas station on the state highway.
reigns in Deer Creek, another slowly fading class D agricultural
It is located 13 miles south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line, ten miles west of I-35 and 13.5 miles west of Blackwell, 1.8 miles east of the junction of SH 11/74. A few buildings line SH 11, but the bulk of the town lies about 0.3 miles south of the highway.
· Latitude: 36.8058631 / 36° 48’ 21” N
· Longitude: -97.5194922 / 97° 31’ 10” W
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FIRST POSTED: February 02, 2010
LAST UPDATED: March 01, 2010
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