Post Office – Madill

Address:223 W. Lillie, Madill, OKCounty:Marshall
Started: Completed:1938
Agencies:Treasury DepartmentNRHP:April 17, 2009

Current Usage:

Post office / Mural is still hung in the original building.

Description:

Filling the wall space above the postmaster’s door is a mural title Prairie Fire painted by Ethel Magafan and installed in 1940. The mural shows a woman grasping a child in a a Conestoga wagon about to be engulfed in flames. The wagon is pulled by four yoked oxen agitated by the conflagration. Two men carrying shovels rush to dig a break to stop the fire from spreading. The scene vividly depicts the action and chaos associated with traveling across and settling the prairies.[4]

Ethel Magafan (1916-1993) was born in Chicago but spent most of their lives in Colorado. [4]

Coordinates: 34.09042 -96.77268

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory
  2. Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.
  3. New Deal Art Registry
  4. National Register of Historic Places

Supported Documents:

  1. National Register of Historic Places Nomination

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