around the grounds
my assistant and others
one again we have had no success finding out anything about our place of adventure. yet. but this is a place both of us have long desired to explore. it can be seen from the road, if youre looking. but its mostly hidden among the trees and vines, as nature gradually reclaims its own.
there are seven buildings on the site. we went early on sunday morning, exploring all but the two that had squatters still in them. we likely will go back sometime time and explore the remaining two buildings soon. some of the photos are dark, as lighting wasn’t optimal.
the main house
the largest building, where some sort of industrial work went on. here we found receipts for recovery of something in barrels, dated 1944
some kind of shed or barn
two other buildings for storage perhaps
the two we didn’t go into. one is a large garage. the other … we couldn’t tell
we spent around two hours looking at everything. this place has been around a long time.
we couldn’t get in to the three places we visited today, but we got some shots worth seeing anyway.
the first was the tulsa club building, downtown. it has a long history. it was quite the happening place in the 20’s, through the 50’s. im not sure about after that, until the late 90’s, when I guy bought it for $125k. tax sale or something. he sat on it for years, waiting as the property grew in value. but he moved to california, and wouldn’t spend the money to fix the code violations. the worst of those was the hole in the roof, and the asbestos. the city tried and tried, and finally recently took possession of the building. now it is permanently boarded up, with signs to not trespass. there is wire fencing around the top of the fire escape barring the only real way in. there have been fires inside from vagabonds making campfires inside – idiots! you can see it from earlier photos taken at abandoned oklahoma. disappointing not to be able to get in. oh well.
next up was the old kitchen korner building. it used to be a kitchen remodeling place, and has been empty for some time. its slated for demolition. we could have gotten in, because one door was open, but we didn’t for two reasons. we could see all there was from the windows, and there was equipment belonging to someone inside. we didn’t want to encourage theft.
last was an old filling station that once sold sinclair gas. it even had old lead and non lead gas pumps in the back. small place, and tightly padlocked. we don’t vandalize, so we didn’t break in. the outside was cool anyway.
tomorrow we have one more place in mind, that should be a real treat!
today we ventured out on our first real exploration of something old and unused. we went to an old silo with ‘monarch cement’ in faint lettering on the face of the structure. it’s a concrete structure, sitting right on the south side of old highway 51.
at the entrance point into one compartment was a single skeletal foot of some bird. it wasn’t fresh, and there were no feathers or other evidence of a bird being killed anywhere.
there was a wonderful local resident that made itself known while I was looking around …
we couldn’t find out any history on the place, and we couldn’t find a way to the top aside from an old wooden ladder inside one compartment that the beau wanted to climb, and a vine covered rope up to a window that was cut off too high to reach on the back side. had we been better equipped, we may have tried it. we both really wanted to see what was up at the top.
what a cool old place! it was most exciting
during the last year we have taken several day trips to some of the smaller towns in oklahoma, camera in hand. we found glimpses of abandoned places.
since then we found a wonderful documentary on urban exploration, and a new passion was born in both of us. maybe it was an old passion, just awakened by the images we saw, and the people who shared a love for old places no longer inhabited or used.
downtown tulsa 10-2010