Broncho Theater and Hospital The Broncho Theater By 1929, the age of the “talkies” arrived and older theaters had gone out of business in Edmond. A two-story building on the corner of Main and Broadway, built in 1935 by W.Z. “Willie” Spearman, eventually became the home of the Broncho Theater. In its hey-day, the Broncho
The Grapes of Wrath Edmond, Oklahoma is mentioned in the pages of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” published in 1939. Chapter 12 Highway 66 is the main migrant road. 66–the long concrete path across the country, waving gently, up and down on the map, from the Mississippi to Bakersfield–over the
WPA in Edmond WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 to provide jobs during a period of massive unemployment in the U.S. From 1935 to 1943, the WPA provided approximately 8 million jobs at a cost of over $11 billion. The project funded a great number of
Schools: What’s in a Name? Are you curious about how your Edmond school got its name? ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Angie Debo Elementary School (January 30, 1890 – February 21, 1988) Angie Debo was an American historian who wrote 13 books and hundreds of articles about and history. She came to Oklahoma Territory by wagon and
The Patriotic Forties The decade of the 1940s began with a flash as a New Year’s Eve fire completely destroyed the one local nightclub in town, but the majority of Edmond’s 4,000 people considered that a blessing. In the spring, ninety-six men and women, eager to begin a new life, received their degrees at
The Cross Timbers “Forests of Cast Iron” The land that would later be Edmond, Oklahoma is located in an area of the United States called “The Cross Timbers” which is an ecological region shared by Kansas and Texas. Central and eastern Oklahoma contain over half of this belt of woodland vegetation. The term relates to
Interurban Railway in Edmond Men and Mules prepared the roadbed for the Interurban line down the center of Broadway. Edmond Historical Collections The Oklahoma Railway Company operated interurban line to Edmond beginning in 1911. The service was eagerly anticipated by Edmond residents. At a time when few people owned cars, (the first car in
The Right of Way Graves The 1979 red granite Oklahoma Historical Society marker and two tombstone markers denote the graves of two railroad laborers (located at the railroad right-of-way, just north of 33rd street in Edmond), who reportedly died in a fight when the Southern Kansas Railroad was being graded through Edmond.
The Old Swimming Hole Edmond’s First Public Swimming Pool, originally located directly behind Old North Tower on what is today the UCO campus. The pool was built in 1915 by the Manual Training Class. The first pool was “fenced in” with wire barricades and was reportedly rich with the red mud silt of the area.
The Mother Road U.S. Highway 66, popularly known as “Route 66,” is significant as the nation’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. When contrasted with transcontinental corridors such as the Lincoln Highway and U.S. Highway 40, Route 66 does not stand out as America’s oldest or longest road. Nevertheless, what sets this