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Ted Wright -- last update 10/19/2006 (OldTownHouseMove.html)
Copyright 2006 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Moved From Near Original Townsite
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House Moved To South Coffeyville This Week
(Possibly Moved Here in 1920s)
|I'll use the 1995
USGS aerial photo (above) and the recent view (below) towards the Meadowcreek
United Methodist Church to help you get your bearings to where this house
sat until early this week (just east of Hwy 169 and north of 146th St.
N.) The new Highway 169 was still under construction and the church not
yet built in 1995.
house belonging to Jim and Pam Brackett since 1995 was hoisted off it's foundation
last week and left Collinsviile earlty this week headed for South Coffeyville
where they plan to restore it. Based on stories Pam had heard the house was
moved to the Collinsville location in the 1920s. The house had apparently also
been home to the Fred Feigel and Ralph Tyler families.
movement of a house this big and old is quite a story, my main facination is
more with the location of the house which I assume marks the original townsite
of Collinsville before it moved to the current location (adjacent to the then
new railroad tracks) in late 1899 or early 1900. Most descriptions of that original
town location are pretty vague but one in 1974 gives that location as between
this house and the barn (which I assume to be east of the house). Another historical
article said the Main street ran north-south. If those assumptions are true
the photo below would show the area of that street and long since moved wooden
-- Ted Wright (Oct. 19, 2006)
two paragraphs above are only a small portion of a 1974 story written
by Billie Stitch from an interview with Kate Feigel.
garage east of the house being moved is ornamented with "FF" which
I assume would be for Fred Feigel and in darker colored bricks looking similar
to those on the front of the Newspaper Museum (at 1110 W. Main) which was designed
by Harry Hamilton in 1925 similar to the Feigel home below.
16 was a gravel "all-weather" road from Tulsa to Kansas City
as early as 1931 and would provide the basic path for what is now "old"
Highway 169 just a bit east of existing Hwy 169 at 146th St. North. The
bricks were removed from the Brackett house before the trip to S. Coffeyville
home May 2006 before bricks removed.
partial 1935 Collinsville history discusses a bit about the original townsite
(& it's well water) as well as another pre-Collinsville site of Eli.