Bristow Amphitheater (Klingensmith Park) – Bristow

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Address:  West Street and Sixth Avenue, Bristow, Oklahoma 040, Creek County 037  County  Creek
Started:  1935 Completed  1937

Current Usage

Description:


The amphitheater is a single-story, rectangular (34′ x 43′) structure constructed of concrete with wooden trim. The roof is flat with a parapet. The foundation is constructed of uncut stone. The seats are concrete, and trees were planted around the entire amphitheatre area. The building has been painted white. The alterations do not impeach the integrity of the building.
Architecturally, the structure is unique to the park in terms of type, style, and workmanship. This project contributed to the uplifting of morale in the area. Economically, the project provided badly-needed work at a time when employment opportunities were scarce. Through the construction of the amphitheater, and other park improvements, the WPA infused wages of some 140,000 man-hours of labor into the local economy.[1]

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Located at the west end of sixth street, the property begins at a point 1454 feet north and 832 feet east of the SW corner of Sec. 30, T 16 N, R 8 E, then go 208 feet north, 208 feet east, 208 feet south, and 208 feet west.

was built by the CCC and the NYA, one of the first youth projects completed. Eleanor Roosevelt came to Bristow to dedicate the project in March 1937.[2]

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. Visit Bristow
  3. The Living New Deal

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Creek County – Bristow Amphitheater
  2. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form

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