Herd School – Bowring (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Bowring, Oklahoma 040, Osage County 113; NW Sec. 35, T 28 N, R 10 E  County:  Osage
Started:   Completed:  1940

Current Usage:


A three-room structure originally, the Herd School building is constructed of rusticated and coursed native sandstone. It is T-shaped (35′ x 72′, with a 34′ x 25′ extension), and the roof, now covered by composition shingles, is hipped. The main entryway is covered by a gabled porch supported by two wood shafts. Original wood sash windows extend to the eaves; window sills are of cut stone. Under the T or the rear an addition of concrete blocks has been constructed, but this alteration has not distroyed the architectural integrity of the structure.
Situated in a community isolated by the expanses of northern Osage County, the Bigheart School constituted the principal manifestation of the WPA in a region at least 150 square miles in size. In a much larger area it is the only WPA-built structure that remains. As such the building had an educational significance of major proportion, providing a modern facility that promoted progressive standards of education. Within the community it is wholly unique in terms of type, style, materials and workmanship. And as a WPA structure it is notable for its T-shape and a principal entryway that extends off the underside of the T parallel to the stem.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: The property is one mile east of the intersection of state highways Nos. 10 and 99, on the north side of the road and begins at a point 832 feet east and 1040 feet north of the southwest corner of the NW 1/4 of Sec. 35, T 28 N, R 10 E abd goes 208 feet east, 208 feet north, 208 feet west and 208 feet south.


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Osage County – Herd School


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