Kingfisher in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Founded by Congregationalists, this college – site one mile north, 1890- 1922, achieved renown in education and character-building.
It lives on at the University of Oklahoma as the Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
Erected 1958 by Oklahoma Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society marker series.
Location. 35° 51.41′ N, 97° 54.414′ W. Marker is in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, in Kingfisher County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 33 and Bowman Avenue, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 33. The marker is located in a small pull-out on the south side of Oklahoma state highway 33, just east of the intersection with Bowman Avenue and about one mile east of the Kingfisher city limit. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingfisher OK 73750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingfisher (approx. 1½ miles away).
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1. Kingfisher College.
Chartered as the forty-second college in the United States affiliated with the Congregational Church, Kingfisher College was established in Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory (O.T.), in 1895. Rev. Joseph Homer Parker, who took charge of missionary work in O.T. after the Land Run of 1889, launched a successful fund-raising campaign among eastern benefactors to create Kingfisher Academy. Opened in the church basement, the academy existed from 1890 to 1894. Shortly, the Association of Congregational Churches of O.T. chose Kingfisher as the site for a college. Chartered in September 1894, Kingfisher College opened on September 2, 1895, in the town's former Central Hotel. Parker Hall opened one mile east of town as the first campus building in fall 1898. (Submitted on April 13, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Exploring Oklahoma History - Kingfisher College.
Kingfisher College was a college in Kingfisher, Oklahoma from 1895-1922. First opened in an old hotel in Kingfisher on September 2, 1895, the college was the 42nd with ties to the Congregational church in America. Enrollment was increasing until World War I, when it sharply fell. The college was forced to close in 1922, due to declining donations and cheaper tuition at schools such as Central State Normal School. (Submitted on April 13, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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