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Ponca City in Kay County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ponca Military Academy

1940-1974

 
 
Ponca Military Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2022
1. Ponca Military Academy Marker
Inscription.  Ponca Military Academy was established in 1940 by the late Colonel William V. Cox and his wife Blanche. PMA made a vibrant contribution to the Ponca City community and to the State of Oklahoma. Dedicated to the growth and advancement of young men, Ponca Military Academy opened their doors to not only young men from Oklahoma, but throughout the country. Originally located on 56 acres of land, the Academy occupied what was a former training facility and country club for E.W. Marland's oil company which became the Continental Oil Company (Conoco). An administration building, barracks, gym, parade grounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a playground encompassed the Academy. They were located one-half mile south of this location at the end of Academy Road and along Cadet Road. At its height PMA had 150 student cadets and 14 faculty. After 34 years of operation the decision was made to close the Academy in 1974. Approximately 4,000 young men attended PMA through its 34 years.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location. 36° 43.417′ 
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N, 97° 2.412′ W. Marker is in Ponca City, Oklahoma, in Kay County. Marker is on Summers Place south of East Hartford Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Located in Ponca Military Academy Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 Summers Pl, Ponca City OK 74604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ponca City Library (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lewis Haines (Lew) Wentz (approx. 2˝ miles away); E. W. Marland (approx. 2˝ miles away); Royal Air Force (RAF) Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fellows Outlook (approx. 5.9 miles away); "White House" (approx. 9.4 miles away); Native American Involvement ...in the 101 Ranch (approx. 9.4 miles away); 101 Ranch (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponca City.
 
Also see . . .  Ponca Military Academy Memorial Park from the American Legion website. (Submitted on June 15, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View of marker in the Ponca Military Academy Memorial Park. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2022
2. View of marker in the Ponca Military Academy Memorial Park.
Replica's of the PMA school buildings. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2022
3. Replica's of the PMA school buildings.
On left is the gym, center building is the living quarters, and on the right is the admin, dining, kitchen, library, classrooms and Auditorium.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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