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UER Forum > Archived US: South > Dilworth Farm / Dilworth, OK (Viewed 440 times)
andriestaeer 


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Dilworth Farm / Dilworth, OK
< on 2/16/2013 8:39 AM >
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When I went hunting with my step-dad this winter at a family farm I ran across this OLD house that has been there for generations. My step-dad's dad's dad built this house and lived there back in the teens when the area was an actual town. Here's a little bit of history of the town.


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Dilworth sprouted in the mid teens, enjoying its own Oil Field Shortline Railway. It was platted by W. Matthews and John A. Frates, president of the Dilworth Town Site Company and an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad. The town sprawled over 60 acres of the Charles Dilworth farm, ten miles northwest of Newkirk. The Lew Wentz Oil Company, Empire (later Cities Service), 101, Sinclair, and Marland Oil Companies converged on Dilworth. The population of Dilworth, according to Homer S. Chambers “...rose as by magic to 3,500 to 4,000 within a few months.” Chambers became postmaster when the post office opened March 17, 1917. Two thousand people (some estimates were 4,000) lived in Dilworth’s new homes and rooming houses; sent their children to Dilworth’s new Pleasant View grammar school and high school; and shopped in Dilworth’s business district. On October 23, 1917, the town voted to become incorporated.

Several false-front buildings lined the broad, unpaved main street. Among these businesses were the Fred Davenport Bakery, the Empire Pipe Yard, a clothing store, telephone office, W.R. Pickering Lumber Company, Hillsdale Rooming House, O.F. Graff Rooming House, Star Grocery, John Lewis Garage, Mike Trapp Barber Shop, Keith and DeRossett Pool Hall, Bob and Babe Morrell Pool Hall, Allen’s Drug Store, O. C. Munn Hardware Store, physicians Pryor and Bishop, Tom McQuirt General Store, Dilworth Bank, Roy Hill Furniture Store, a theatre, refinery and the Charlie Rollins Elevator.

A new $60,000 sewer system had just been completed when disaster first struck Dilworth. The first indication of problems was a rapid decline in oil production. The final blow came in 1922 when Dilworth’s tinderbox business buildings went up in flames. Fire fighters struggled to save what they could from what was felt to be arson. The town never recovered, since too much of Dilworth’s business district was lost. Dropping productivity in the oil fields saw the oil boom move on. On February 7, 1924, Dilworth’s population was 72, as the town faded away with its post office closing March 29, 1929.

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Re: Dilworth Farm / Dilworth, OK
<Reply # 1 on 2/17/2013 9:45 AM >
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Very nice work...thanks for sharing!

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Re: Dilworth Farm / Dilworth, OK
<Reply # 2 on 2/19/2013 2:13 AM >
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Ah Dilworth. Little or nothing remains. The only place I know of that had worse luck was the town of Eddy, which burned twice, was hit by tornadoes twice, and I think a flood once. Thought I would throw in an old photo of Dilworth in its prime. Looks like the site shrinks the panorama. Pity.





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Re: Dilworth Farm / Dilworth, OK
<Reply # 3 on 10/24/2013 10:42 AM >
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Posted by dwtaylor999
Ah Dilworth. Little or nothing remains. The only place I know of that had worse luck was the town of Eddy, which burned twice, was hit by tornadoes twice, and I think a flood once. Thought I would throw in an old photo of Dilworth in its prime. Looks like the site shrinks the panorama. Pity.

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That's awesome. I think my city is going to end up having the same fate one of these days. It's been hit twice with a tornado even though they said a tornado would never hit Wellington because we were next to a river. Some of the "knowledgeable" individuals run this town.
On the good side, I have heard of some tunnels running underneath the downtown area that used to connect the banks together. Still searching for entrances.

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