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1900s.carnegie.jpgCarnegie Library
1900s.courthouse.jpgCourthouse
1900s.courthouse2.jpgCourthouse
1900s.culbertson.jpgCulbertson
1902.indiatemple.jpgIndia Temple
1905.main.jpgMain Street
1900.farmersmarket.jpgFarmers Market
1900s.robinson.jpgRobinson
1900s.broadway.jpgBroadway
1905.broadway.jpgBroadway
1908.pioneer.jpgPioneer Building
1900.leehotel.jpgLee Hotel
1907.levymercantile.jpgLevy/Mercantile
1908.broadway.jpgBroadway
1909.broadway.jpgBroadway
1909.broadwayparade.jpgBroadway Parade
1908.bass&harbour.jpgBass & Harbour
1909.american.jpgAmerican National
wheelersmall.jpgWheeler Park
delmarsmall.jpgDelmar Garden

CARNEGIE LIBRARY

The Carnegie Library was built in 1902 at the Northeast corner of Northwest 3rd (now McGee) & Robinson. In 1951, it was replaced by a new library at the same location. Presently, with the 2005 opening of the Norick Downtown Library & Learning Center, the building at this space is not occupied.

See this excellent Metropolitan Library System article (you may need to click your refresh button at the target to get the article to load).

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COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The County Courthouse and Jail was built around 1902-1905 at 520 W Main (Main & Dewey) and is no longer standing.

For additional pictures, scroll to the end of the Oklahoma County Assessor's Photo Album.

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COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Another view of the Courthouse and Jail built around 1902-1905 at 520 W Main (Main & Dewey), no longer standing.

An additional picture here is immediately above. For more pictures, scroll to the end of the Oklahoma County Assessor's Photo Album.

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CULBERTSON BUILDING & THE JOG

Looking South on Broadway to Grand (now Sheridan), the 1902 Culbertson Building appears at the "jog" on Broadway. The building's location illustrates the effect of different survey crews surveying on the North and South of Grand which didn't match. Several Northbound Broadway pics were taken from the top of this building. In 1950s - 60s Southbound Broadway pics, look for the Phillips 66 neon sign on its top.

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ABOUT THE "JOG". According to Terry L. Griffith, Oklahoma City, Land Run To Statehood, when discussing a different picture at p. 18: "A 'Jog' Is Created, 1889. Looking north at the intersection of Johnson (Robinson Avenue) and Clarke (Grand Avenue) Streets, this photograph shoes street 'jogs' that were created when opposing companies in the town refused to alter their survey alignments."

INDIA TEMPLE

The India Temple was built in 1902 at 101 W. 2nd (now Kerr - Northwest corner of Broadway & Kerr). The smaller side of the building faces Broadway.

It still stands, but as part of the Kerr-McGee campus and its exterior is so different that you'd not recognize it from this picture.

It remained the India Temple until that organization relocated in 1909. It would become the "Wright Building". It served as the temporary quarters for the Oklahoma Legislature From 1913-1917, until the the State Capitol was completed.

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MAIN STREET

Main Street looking west from the east side of Broadway, probably between 1900 - 1905.

The building with the turret is the Masonic Temple located on the NW Corner of Main & Broadway which became American National Bank in 1902.

The building South (left) of the Masonic Temple is the Bank of Commerce, built by 1901.

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FARMERS MARKET

This pic was probably taken in 1907 in the 100 block on West California.

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ROBINSON

I don't recognize anything in this picture, but, whether looking North from Main or from Grand, the view would vastly change in the next 4 years.

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BROADWAY

This pic was taken before 1908 since the Pioneer Building does not appear in the background.

Center-left in the background, with the turret, is the Masonic Temple built in 1893 which became American National Bank in 1902.

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BROADWAY @ 1905

The date is an estimate. The 1908 Pioneer Building is not yet present in the backgraound.

The 5 story dark-red Lee Hotel is at the right.

The familiar turret of the The Masonic Temple appears at the upper left.

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PIONEER BUILDING

Built in 1908 at NW 3rd (now McGee) & Broadway. It is said to be the 1st downtown high-rise and the state's first "fireproof" building. It is still standing and is in the "current" map images here. It is the only building on this page which still exists.

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LEE HOTEL

Oscar G. Lee built the Lee Hotel was built in 1900 at 22 N Broadway at the Southeast corner of Main & Broadway. In 1908, this building was totally destroyed by fire. According to Terry L. Griffith, Images of America: Oklahoma City, Land Run To Statehood, at p. 56, the hotel contained the city's 1st electric elevator and both Buffalo Bill Cody and Theodore Roosevelt were guests there. In 1908-09, it was rebuilt, later in this page.

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LEVY (MERCANTILE)

The 1907 Levy Building was at the Southeast corner of Main & Hudson. Later, it was renamed the Mercantile Building.

This nice image is from The Vanished Spendor (Vol I), written and assembled by Jim Edwards, Mitchell Oliphant (Abalache Book Shop Publishing Co, Okc, 1982).

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BROADWAY @ 1908

The 1908 landmark Pioneer Builidng is at the top.

The 5 story Lee Hotel built in 1900 at the right was totally destroyed by fire in later in 1908 but would be resurrected as the larger and more elegant Lee-Huckins Hotel in 1909.

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Again, center-left in the middle, with the turret, is the Masonic Temple built in 1893 which became American National Bank in 1902.

This picture was probably taken from the top of the Culbertson Building, built in 1902, which has the Phillips 66 sign on top in later pics.

BROADWAY @ 1908-1909

The landmark Pioneer Building is at the top.

The Lee-Huckins and Annex, being rebuilt after 1908 fire, is at the right but the 1909 or so Bass & Harbour Building, with its distinctive "crown" top trim (see below) is not present.

Like the above, this picture was probably taken from the top of the Culbertson Building.

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BROADWAY PARADE

A parade on Broadway, looking North from Grand, about 1909.

The Masonic Temple built in 1893 which became American National Bank in 1902 (with the turret) is center-right, and the Pioneer Building (1908) is in the background.

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BASS & HARBOUR

The Bass & Harbour Building, which became the Insurance Building, was at 114 N Broadway, roughly where Chase Bank is today. Construction date was between 1909-1910. Notice its distinctive crown, helpful to identify later vintage pictures.
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AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK
140 W Main, North of Baum Building; contstruction began in 1909.

WHEELER PARK

Wheeler Park was probably established in the 1890's near the southwest corner of downtown near SW 15th & Western but the earliest pic I've found with a date is 1903, shown here at its entrance. Click here for the Delmar Garden & Wheeler Park pages which will open in a separate window.

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DELMAR GARDEN

Delmar Garden lasted between about 1902-3 until 1910. It was located south of Reno and on the west side of Western.  Click here for the Delmar Garden & Wheeler Park pages which will open in a separate window.

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