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Chamber Hears Some Early Collinsville
April 7, 2005
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Wright Presented Slideshow from Archives of The "Newspaper Museum In
are just a few of the slides and photos shown yesterday at the Collinsville
Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting at the Library. The words above describe
"old town" a mile east of present day Collinsville in 1897. The town
well below was in the intersection of 11th and Main at the "new" town
site in 1906.
in Collinsville organized a hugh celebration just before Oklahoma became a state
in November of 1907. The almost week long event held in Collinsville, (Indian
Territory) in October 1907 included a a fair with a carnival, greyhound races,
jack rabbit races, canned goods, livestock. There were also stomp dances each
evening by the many indian tribes represented here by: Geronimo (Apaches), Quanah
Parker (Comanches), Lone Wolf (Kiowas), Spybuck (Shawnees), O-lo-co wah-la (Osage)
and Chief Rogers (Cherokee). Later reports indicated some visitors traveled
from as far away as New York City to attend.
large zinc smelters here (from 1911 into the 1920s) Collinsville's population
rose to as large as 8000 and many of the current downtown buildings were built.
With the demise of the smelters, Collinsville's population declined for many