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Jewels found

Some of the jewels found while researching:

Lake Texhoma – Built by German POWs until completed in 1944. POWs housed at Tishomingo and Powell and later at the dam site. – Corp of Engineers website

Garden Club and houses Ardmore – First built Carnegie Library in Oklahoma when its was still Oklahoma Territory, 1903.

Miami Coleman Theatre – The Coleman Theatre (favoring the British spelling) was built originally as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, by George L. Coleman who became a multimillionaire magnate from his zinc and lead mines in Miami. He realized $1 Mil per month from his holdings. The Coleman Theatre Beautiful opened to a full house (1600 seats) on April 18, 1929 at a price of $1.00 per ticket. Since its grand opening in 1929 – the theatre has never been “dark” or closed. The entire complex is built of steel and concrete. The stairs are riveted like a battleship. There are no posts supporting the balcony, it rests on steel beams – a “floating balcony”. The original 1929 garden scene stage backdrop, as well as the movie screen, are still in place and in good condition. The auditorium is 6 stories from floor to ceiling. The entire theatre was built in 330 days at a cost of $590,000. Today it would cost over $16 Mil to replicate. Mr. Coleman spared no expense when building his show palace. The opulent structure’s exterior architecture is Spanish Mission Revival. [City of Miami Booklet]

The Most Toxic Ghost Town (Picher) –


Joe Shunatona and The United States Indian Reservation Orchestra

Page Memorial Library Building

Biographies Collection



  • The Chandler (Oklahoma) News-Publicist. May 1935 through March 1937.
    • The Chandler (Oklahoma) News-Publicists, 25 July 1935.
    • The Chandler News-Publicist, 20 June 1935.
    • 5 Ibid., 29 October 1936.
    • Ibid., 12 February 1936, 24 February 1937; The Chandler NewsPublicist , 7 January 1937.
    • The Chandler News-Publicist, 15 August 1935.
  • Lincoln County (Oklahoma) Republican,


WPA Related

Keith L. Bryant, Jr., “Oklahoma in the New Deal,” in The New Deal, Vol. 2, The State and Local Levels, ed. John Braeman, Robert H. Bremner, and David Brody (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1975).

Norman W. Cooper, “Oklahoma in the Great Depression, 1930–1940: The Problem of Emergency Relief” (M.A. thesis, University of Oklahoma, 1973).

Loren Gatch, “Money Matters: The Stamp Scrip Movement in Depression-Era Oklahoma,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 84 (Fall 2006).

Loren Gatch, “‘This is Not United States Currency’: Oklahoma’s Emergency Scrip Issues during the Banking Crisis of 1933,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 82 (Summer 2004).

Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., ed., Hard Times in Oklahoma: The Depression Years (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1983).

James R. Scales and Danney Goble, Oklahoma Politics: A History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982).

Donald Worster, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).

“Questions and Answers on the WPA,” Available in the Vertical Files, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. December 1939

Ware, James. “The Sooner NRA: New Deal Recovery in Oklahoma.” The Chronicles of Oklahoma LIV:3 (Fall 1976), 339-351.


WPA Resolution – https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/74th-congress/session-1/c74s1ch48.pdf

WPA in Oklahoma by County

Adair CountyCuster CountyLatimer CountyOttawa County
Alfalfa CountyDelaware CountyLe Flore CountyPawnee County
Atoka CountyDewey CountyLincoln CountyPayne County
Beaver CountyEllis CountyLogan CountyPittsburg County
Beckham CountyGarfield CountyLove CountyPontotoc County
Blaine CountyGarvin CountyMajor CountyPottawatomie County
Bryan CountyGrady CountyMarshall CountyPushmataha County
Caddo CountyGrant CountyMayes CountyRoger Mills County
Canadian CountyGreer CountyMcClain CountyRogers County
Carter CountyHarmon CountyMcCurtain CountySeminole County
Cherokee CountyHarper CountyMcIntosh CountySequoyah County
Choctaw CountyHaskell CountyMurray CountyStephens County
Cimarron CountyHughes CountyMuskogee CountyTexas County
Cleveland CountyJackson CountyNoble CountyTillman County
Coal CountyJefferson CountyNowata CountyTulsa County
Comanche CountyJohnston CountyOkfuskee CountyWagoner County
Cotton CountyKay CountyOklahoma CountyWashington County
Craig CountyKingfisher CountyOkmulgee CountyWashita County
Creek CountyKiowa CountyOsage CountyWoods County
Woodward County