Ghost-Town Tales of Oklahoma

Ghost-Town Tales of Oklahoma

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Full Title: Ghost-Town Tales of Oklahoma: Unforgettable Stories of Nearly Forgotten Places
Author: Jim Marion Etter
Description: A rare collection of accounts of incidents and legends throughout the state – intriguing bits of the past generally not found in conventional works of history. Used in some schools as a teaching aid. Included in the 26 chapters are descriptions of a crucial battle between Indians and Spaniards in 1759; a place where "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was composed; the wild and woolly past of a town called Navajoe; a whiskey-smuggling scheme that set a train depot on fire; a young man who left the oil fields for Hollywood; a scary light that has haunted a lonely road for years; and where once a strange but lively party took place in a moonlit cemetery.

Ghost-Town Tales of Oklahoma

  • San Bernardo (Petersburg) -- The Battle, 1759
  • Spencerville -- Belle Starr, circa 1888
  • Oklahoma (Whitefield) -- Belle's Ghost, circa 1889
  • Navajoe -- The Gamblers, 1890
  • Ingalls -- The Church Party, 1893
  • Melvin -- `Cherokee Bill,' 1894
  • Tamaha -- The Jail, circa 1896
  • Grand -- The Grave, circa 1896
  • Corner -- A Pint for Every Boot, circa 1899
  • Florence -- The Saloon, 1901
  • Hamburg -- The Wedding, 1902
  • Salt Springs -- The Race, 1921
  • Bigheart (Barnsdall) -- A Different Line of Work, 1922
  • Hess -- Red River, circa 1922
  • America -- Local Spirit, 1925
  • Paw Paw -- Floods, circa 1927
  • Strong City -- Mexican Firewater, 1929
  • Oktaha -- Andrew's Burial, 1932
  • Caney -- The Vigilantes, 1934
  • Akins -- Pretty Boy's Funeral, 1934
  • Possum Hollow -- `Turn 'em Loose!', circa 1934
  • Peoria -- The Spook Light, circa 1946
  • Medicine Spring -- A Treasure Story, circa 1950
  • Dempsey -- The Tornado, 1955
  • Keokuk Falls -- The Last Drunk, circa 1957
  • Lost City -- The Falling Star, 1970

"A reviewer’s delight!" – Joan C. Hewitt, Oklahoma book reviewer.

"Should be required reading in Oklahoma schools." – Craig McVey, veteran Oklahoma history teacher.

"… a look at Oklahoma that brings the past galloping into today." – Frank Boggs, retired columnist and editor, The Daily Oklahoman.

About the Author:

Jim Marion Etter is a retired, award-winning reporter for The Daily Oklahoman whose offbeat, folksy writing about his home state has earned him the reputation as "Oklahoma’s master country storyteller." A writer of both fiction and nonfiction, he’s the author of five books and a contributing author of four others, and has written for numerous magazines including Persimmon Hill and Western Horsemen. A native of the small Muskogee County town of Oktaha, he now lives in Oklahoma City. He’s also been a newspaper and television reporter in Laredo, Texas – "El Charro Flaco" – and has served as a military journalist and translator in Latin America.

Details: 1996 [ISBN: 1-58107-074-1; 256 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, soft cover]