Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PAYNE COUNTY

Payne County was opened to settlement in the Oklahoma land run of 1889. The land run took place April 22, 1889; overnight businesses sprang up, schools and churches were built, and farmers began planting crops. In December of 1890, the state's land grant university, Oklahoma A&M, was established in Stillwater. Oklahoma A&M is now Oklahoma State University, which is the county's largest industry.


GHOST HOLLOW
THE STORY: Near the city of Cushing in Payne County, this haunted location that has been dubbed Ghost Hollow. Located about a mile north of the Cimarron River, in the late 1800's Ghost Hollow was an ideal spot for hanging outlaws. According to legend there was an old elm tree and a sycamore there where lawbreakers were often strung up. The elm tree is said to still stand today. According to legend, an innocent man was hanged there in 1887 and the next day, all of the bark mysteriously fell off of the tree. From that night on, at the time of the full moon, the tree is said to glow an eerie, white color. The natural effects of having no bark in the light of the moon. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal.

NORFOLK SCHOOL

THE FACTS: Although the final graduating class at Norfolk High had only 5 graduates, the 11 room brick school closed its doors in 1958. The school grew up in wealth surrounded by a panorama of glistening oil tanks near Cushing. The school was built in 1922 in Payne County. The school has enjoyed a colorful record, heavily fringed in oil boom wealth of the early 1920’s. Oil strikes and an upsurge in rural population in the area created a need for a high school, and in 1922 a small, frame building went up. In 1925 a fire reduced the school to rubble, and caused the school to rebuild with a more up-to-date building. In 1926 they constructed the still standing brick structure with 11 rooms, gymnasium, auditorium, workshops and dressing rooms. The teaching staff was increased to seven, with a full time superintendent. A full fledged athletic program also was inaugurated and special classroom equipment was installed. Norfolk soon became a school to be envied by its city cousins. Then with the passing of the oil play subsided, and the round-bellied oil tanks ringing the school echoed fading dreams and was closed due to financial problems and low enrollment. The building remains abandoned. THE STORY: According to local legend two children were trapped in the basement during the fire in 1925. It is said that the voices of children calling out for help can be heard in the basement today. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal

10 comments:

  1. Where exactly is the norfolk school, I am wanting to take photographs for an art project.

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  2. Do you live in Oklahoma? If you know where Cushing or Yale is than it is pretty easy to find. I live in Yale and went there yesterday, it is pretty awesome!

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  3. The School is very erie even in the day time, but it is something worth experiencing. The girls I went with weren't willing to explore as deep as I did, and I found the basement to be the most interesting spot. It has large furnaces that resemble things you would see in a horror movie, but over-all I felt peaceful. Although, that may not be saying much seeing as how the others ran out crying uncontrolably.

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  4. dude we go there every may last weekend of the month for senior power we drink and see who can stay the longest through the night it's not scary at all... if any of ya'll want the tour ask for Nathan Scott

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  5. Went tonight&looked for satans house, then explored the school. It's not scary at all. I want to take a weji (however its spelt) out there and see what's up!!

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    1. We took a Ouija board to Norfolk last summer.. smart one..

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  7. I used to go to Norfolk school a lot! I had a buddy that came out of.the basement one night with bleeding scratch marks down his back. Its pretty legit! I have to say the scariest place I've been would have to be ghost hollow. One night me and some buddies and our "girls for the summer" went out there to get drunk, and when we started walking toward the old bridge we heard a woman start laughing "like a crazy laugh" everyone piled back into my truck and we left. Later that night we went back with my Ouija board, and long story short.. I threw that Ouija board off the bridge and left out of that place at about 90 mph, and still to this day refuse to return to that spot after dark.

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    1. Did you see the glowing elm tree?

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    2. The glowing elm tree is in Ghost Hollow. There were two different places with stories on that page. Ghost Hollow is by Ripley. Last I heard, the tree fell. We used to go out there and have hay rides, etc. Was spooky. But what place isn't in the dark?

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