Nine Pines School – Clayton (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Clayton, Oklahoma 040, Pushmataha County 127; Sec. 8, T 1 N, R 19 E  County:  Pushmataha
Started:   Completed:  1940

Current Usage:

Description:

A two-room building initially, the Nine Pines school is a single story, rectangular (29′ x 59′) structure constructed of untooled and uncoursed native sandstone. Now covered with composition shingles, the roof is hipped with a central gable that serves as a cover, supported by four shafts, for a double-door entryway. Rear window openings have been enclosed with wood inserts, and a small concrete block addition has been attached to the north end. Neither alteration impairs the integrity of the structure.
The school building created a new environment conducive to learning for students forced to rely upon an inadequate and decayed wood building previously. Within the community the building is unique in terms of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship. Now used as a church, it is also a good example of adaptive reuse. But is especially signifiant in that construction of it provided work opportunities for unskilled and unemployed laborers in the remote Nine Pines area who had been forced on relief by the closing of the timber industry.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Take U.S. highway No. 271 southeast out of Clayton to the Kiamichi River bridge; go one mile further to the school property on the north side of the road, it beginning at a point 209 feet north of the SW corner of the SE 1/4 of Sec. 8, T 1 N, R 19 E, and running 350 feet east, 209 feet north, 350 feet west and 209 feet south.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Pushmataha County – Nine Pines School

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