Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 82003676
Historic Name BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SMALLWOOD HOUSE
Description of Significance BENJAMIN SMALLWOOD WAS A SIGNIFICANT FIGURE IN THE CHOCTAW NATION HAVING SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES. SMALLWOOD ARRIVED IN INDIAN TERRITORY IN 1847 AND SETTLED IN WHAT IS NOW COAL COUNTY IN 1863. HE SERVED IN THE SECOND CHOCTAW REGIMENT FOR THE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND WAS ELECTED PRINICPAL CHIEF IN 1888. THE SANDSTONE WALLS OF HIS TWO STORY HOUSE ARE ALL THAT REMAINS OF HIS PROSPEROUS RANCHING OPERATION. LISTED IN NATIONAL REGISTER 3/10/82.
Current Name
Address
City LEHIGH VICINITY
County COAL
Lot
Block
Current Section 17
Township 1S
Range 10E
Type SITE
Historic Function SINGLE DWELLING
Current Function VACANT/NOT IN USE
Area Signficance 1 ETHNIC HISTORY - NATIVE AMERICAN
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared SEPTEMBER 6, 1980
Year Built
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder BENJAMIN SMALLWOOD, BUILDER
Architectural Style
Roof Material N/A
Wall Material SANDSTONE
Window Material WOOD
Door Material
Decorative Details
Condition RUINS
Comments DEBO, ANGIE, "THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CHOCTAW REPUBLIC", (NORMAN, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS, 1961); INDIAN PIONEER HISTORY, INDIAN ARCHIVES, WESTERN HISTORY COLLECTION, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, VOL. XXVI, P. 466 AND VOL. XXVII, P.420; GUNNING, I.C., "WHEN COAL WAS KING; COAL MINING INDUSTRY IN THE CHOCTAW NATION", (THE EASTERN OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1975)
Restricted N