Luke’s Music Store
Prior to opening, being a non-native American, Mr. Luke had to obtain a merchant’s permit from the Chickasaw Nation. Following the railyard explosion of 1915, the music store was moved to its present location of 212 West Main. In the early years the only means of delivering pianos was by horse and buggy. E.B. kept six teams busy delivering pianos to customers throughout the Chickasaw Nation.
Over the years, in addition to pianos, E.B. Luke increased the scope of merchandise offered to customers. During World War I, appliances were added. One of the piano companies E.B. represented, sponsored pianos for “winter recreation” and outboard motors of “summer fun”. Thus, the store became a dealer for Evinrude Outboard Motors.
Following the death of his father in 1942, Mr. Ed A. Luke
In addition to providing an ambience of cultural refinement for the community, through the selling of pianos, records, sheet music, and household appliances, many a young Ardmoreite obtained their hunting or fishing license at Luke’s Music Store. This early historic mercantile landmark is a source of pride for all Ardmoreites.
Erected by Ardmore Main Street Authority.
Location. 34° 10.383′ N, 97° 7.859′ W. Marker is in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in Carter County. Marker is on West Main Street (Oklahoma Route 199) west of B Street SW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 West Main Street, Ardmore OK 73401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Randol Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Courthouse (1898) (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble Brothers Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Ardmoreite Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple 1896 (about 800 feet away); Hotel Wisnor/Carter-Booker Building
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.