The Western Trail Historical Society has contracted with the Woodward Brothers construction company to replace the roofs on the two cobblestone structures located on the north side of HWY 62 near the Headrick Y.
“Our goal is to preserve the structures in place,” explained Jennie Buchanan, member of the Board of Directors for the Western Trail Historical Society. “The integrity of the structures is still solid, so the plan is to simply protect them from the weather with new roofs. We are fortunate that the landowner has granted us access to the property and permission to do the preservation work.”
While a definitive history of the iconic structures is still being unraveled, it is believed that both buildings were built in the early years of the twentieth century by Walter Marsh and served as outbuildings for a two-story frame home that was also built by Marsh and later occupied by the Wilson family before it burned around the middle of the 1900s.
A close inspection of the structures reveals that both structures were built using the same construction method as the cobblestone structures found in and around the Wichita Mountains area but the stones themselves, which were gathered from the Navajo Mountains just to the north of the structures, are not as uniform nor as rounded suggesting that Marsh had fewer stones to choose from. Regardless, the two small buildings have long attracted the attention of both local residents and visitors to the area.
“Although we did not have sufficient funds set aside for the entire project, we voted to launch into it without full funding to take advantage of an opening in Jerry’s construction schedule that coincided with the window of time between the harvesting of one crop and the readying of the ground for the next planting. We would gladly welcome donations to achieve full funding for the project,” Buchanan said. Donations should be made to the Western Trail Historical Society and mailed to P. O. Box 11, Altus, OK 73522 or dropped by the museum. “Since this project is being done by a non-profit in good standing, all donations are tax deductible,” Buchanan added.
The buildings are located on private property, and the historical society urges visitors to respect the property owner’s rights and refrain from trespassing.
Reach Jennie Buchanan at 580-482-1044