Beautiful and creepy aren’t two words one typically puts together when describing something, let alone abandoned places in Oklahoma. But that’s exactly what the following 12 abandoned places are: beautiful and creepy. They’re also full of history, and thanks to the hard work done by the team at Abandoned Oklahoma, we’re able to see these places before it’s too late.
For more photos of these places, check out the gallery to the right of the article. All photos by the Abandoned Oklahoma team.
12. Riviera Drive-In, Oklahoma City
Kids these days, right? They have their fancy digital projection theaters, surround sound, air conditioning and reclining seats. Heck, many of these kids don’t even know what a drive-in theater is, and even fewer have ever been to one.
Despite its temperamental weather patterns, Oklahoma once had a healthy number of drive-ins throughout the state. But it was that temperamental weather that forced the Riviera Drive-In to shut down in 1999, after winds knocked the screen over.
Now, I didn’t move to Oklahoma until late 1999 so I never had the pleasure of visiting the Riviera, but from what I’ve been told by friends and coworkers, the Riviera used to be a gem. Most drive-ins are, since they offer a kind of weird nostalgia and a unique movie-going experience. I’m sure the Riviera was no different in its heyday.
11. The town of Reed, Okla.
Reed, Okla., is located in southwest Oklahoma, in Greer County. According to Wikipedia, Reed is a small unincorporated community located along State Highway 9. The post office opened September 16, 1892, and was said to have been named for the first postmaster, John Reed Graham.
From the looks of it, Reed was abandoned relatively recently, within the last several decades, judging by some of the things in the photos.
10. Gandini’s Circus, Edmond
Edmond, Okla., is mostly known for the University of Central Oklahoma, parking lots remarkably free of cigarette butts and a household median income of about $70,000.
But, did you know, if you drive far enough down Kelly Avenue, you’ll eventually run across a plot of land that houses an abandoned circus called Gandini’s Circus? Apparently, it’s also haunted, but I haven’t had the time to run out there and check for myself (coughcoughI’mawusscoughcough).
Eerie is definitely the word to describe this place. Dilapidated buildings. Mangled metal. Debris galore. Circuses in and of themselves are creepy enough, but traipsing around an abandoned circus site… It sends shivers down my spine.
Still, the images taken by the Abandoned Oklahoma team share a story of days gone bye. And, apparently, not many Edmondites I know even know this place exists, even the older folks.
9. Evans Cushing Industry, Cushing
Evans Cushing Industry lasted less than a couple decades in Cushing, Okla., as the company closed in 1998 after it was determined the smoke the plant created was a significant health hazard to the community.
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