Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Challenge: Wood - Oldest House in Tulsa


This small wooden was typical of early farm houses built in the 1880s. It was the modest home of Reverend Morris, a Methodist minister. Reverend Morris was reportedly shot and killed by lawmen who had mistaken him for a whiskey peddler. His horses continued on home, bearing his body in the carriage. The house was vacant for some time after the death of Reverend Morris and was thought to be the oldest house of its kind. It was moved to the present location in Owen Park in 1976 after intruders set fire to it. Although 1880 may not seem that old to some, it pre-dates the first Land Rush of 1889 when the first of the Unassigned Lands were available for settlement. The land run started at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of the available two million acres (8,000 km²). Initially known as Indian Territory, Oklahoma became a state in 1907.

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4 comments:

Leedslass said... [Reply to comment]

Although it's not old by our buildings, I find it amazing it's lasted as long as it has, being such a "delicate" structure.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

Nice pic,

The house is also a virtual geocache and is not far from a real geocache.

Cheri said... [Reply to comment]

Love this post! I'm surprised they don't have a structure around the house. I live by the only sod house in Oklahoma and they have protected it. I'm blogging about it later!

GW Bill Miller said... [Reply to comment]

@Cheri
Maybe the sod house needs more protection from the rain.