“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Guthrie in Logan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Smith’s 2-Story Privy

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By Nick Russell, November 8, 2007
1. Smith's 2-Story Privy Marker
Inscription.  Winfield S. Smith, Guthrie City Councilman and builder of many early commercial buildings, granted by deed on July 28, 1899 to Nathanial McKay the right to build a two-story 8x10 feet brick privy on his property (Lot 23) with right of access to occupants of that lot as well as lots 24 and 25. McKay, a transplanted easterner who became a Guthrie developer, was charged with keeping the privy maintained and in good repair when he purchased the lot and its “Triumph Building.” Tenants of the building were assured of two seats on each floor of the privy.

While no photograph of the privy exists, the artist’s sketch indicates the type of structure and the covered walk assuring access from the second floor of the building.
Erected 1980 by Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
Location. 35° 52.689′ N, 97° 25.541′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is on Oklahoma Street west of Division Street (U.S. 77), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this
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postal address: 106 W Oklahoma Street, Guthrie OK 73044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. State Seal Stolen (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Additional comments.
1. Guthrie Oklahoma
Guthrie was Oklahoma’s Territorial Capital and first State Capital.
    — Submitted November 10, 2007.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Nick Russell of Boulder City, Nevada. This page has been viewed 2,423 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Nick Russell of Boulder City, Nevada. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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