Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 85002475
Historic Name WEWOKA SWITCH AND SIDE TRACKS
Description of Significance THE WEWOKA SWITCH AND SIDE TRACKS ARE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE: (1) DURING THE PRE-STATEHOOD RAILROAD ERA IN INDIAN TERRITORY, IT WAS THE ONLY SIDE TRACK BETWEEN OKLAHOMA CITY AND LITTLE ROCK; (2) FOLLOWING STATEHOOD AFTER THE OTHER SIDE TRACKS WERE CONSTRUCTED IN SHAWNEE, MCALESTER, AND FORT SMITH, IT WAS THE LONGEST SYSTEM OF SIDE TRACKS BETWEEN OKLAHOMA CITY AND LITTLE ROCK; AND (3) IT PROMPTED THE FOLKLORE TERMS, "CAUGHT IN THE WEWOKA SWITCH" AND "LOST IN THE WEWOKA SWITCH", WHICH BECAME POPULAR IN THE EARLY 1900S AND 1920S, RESPECTIVELY. LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER 09/26/1985.
Current Name SAME
Address OKLAHOMA STATE HIGHWAY 56
City WEWOKA
County SEMINOLE
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type OBJECT
Historic Function TRANSPORTATION: RAIL RELATED
Current Function TRANSPORTATION: RAIL RELATED
Area Signficance 1 TRANSPORTATION: RAIL RELATED
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared 1985
Year Built 1902-1930
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND, AND PACIFIC RAILROAD
Architectural Style
Roof Material
Wall Material
Window Material
Door Material
Decorative Details
Condition FAIR
Comments
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