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Sayre in Beckham County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Beckham County Courthouse

Sayre, Oklahoma

 
 
Beckham County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 11, 2020
1. Beckham County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  

Beckham county was created at statehood from portions of territorial Greer and Roger Mills counties. It was named for J.C. Beckham, former governor of Kentucky. Sayre, a town founded in 1891 and named for a railroad promoter, won the title of county seat in an election held June 16, 1908, edging Erick by only eleven votes. The county courthouse was completed in 1911 at a cost of $69,000.00. Designed by Solomon A. Layton, an associate of the turn-of-the century firm Layton, Wemyss, Smith and Hawk. Historians have dubbed Layton "Father of Oklahoma courthouses.” The cornerstone for the present courthouse was laid in 1911, built by Oklahoma Quarries and Construction Company. The building was a symmetrical blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. Outstanding features include colossal Doric columns above the main entryway, classical pilasters, a grooved surface on the ground floor, and distinctive belt courses. The most unique part of the design was the dome, with a colonnade supporting a vaulted and babbled roof. On top of that was a smaller dome reproduced to scale. And for just a few seconds, the courthouse
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has a cameo role in the 1940's movie "The Grapes of Wrath.” As the Okies round a corner on their way out of Oklahoma, they drive past the picturesque, domed building.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1908.
 
Location. 35° 17.467′ N, 99° 38.2′ W. Marker is in Sayre, Oklahoma, in Beckham County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 66). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sayre OK 73662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beckham County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); WPA (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delhi (approx. 8.4 miles away); Sandstone Creek Area (approx. 12.3 miles away); National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum Complex, Elk City, Oklahoma (approx. 14 miles away); Road Grader (approx. 14 miles away); Gas Pump (approx. 14 miles away); 018 Cowtown (approx. 14.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sayre.
 
Beckham County Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 11, 2020
2. Beckham County Courthouse and Marker
A nearby sculpture, "Spirit of the West" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 11, 2020
3. A nearby sculpture, "Spirit of the West"
“Spirit of the West”
Bill Cothran, Artist
Centennial 2007, Sponsored by: Shortgrass Country Museum, American Legion Post #146
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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