Former Brinkman residents remember community with new monument

Brinkman marker to be dedicated in southwest Oklahoma on Saturday.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: August 30, 2012
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A group of Brinkman School alumni will dedicate a marker on Saturday that tells about the history of the former southwest Oklahoma school and community.

Brinkman School was built in 1910 and closed in 1957, and the community had its heyday in the 1920s, according to the monument chiseled from granite quarried in the area.

The dedication will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brinkman Cemetery west of State Highway 34 on E County Road 1380 in Greer County.

The ceremony is part of the school's annual reunion, which takes place mostly at the First United Methodist Church in Mangum, said Virginia Hellwege, who was on the Brinkman Historical Marker Committee, which raised more than $20,000 to establish the monument.

“It has so much Oklahoma history, and with the town being gone, at some point in time, people can say, ‘Yes, there was a Brinkman,'” Hellwege said.

The marker's center panel depicts a train and lists key landmarks, including the cemetery and post office. The left panel gives a detailed history of the community. The right panel covers its school.

“We dedicate this historical marker to the memory of the ambitious pioneers who through their dreams, perseverance and determination established this community,” reads the marker.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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