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Taloga, Oklahoma

Posted by graywacke on September 8, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2050; A Landing A Day blog post number 468.

 Dan – Gee whiz.  Now I’m 1/8 thanks to this OSer . . . OK; 57/47; 3/10; 7; 152.3.  Drifting steadily away from 150 . . .

 Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

 My closer-in landing map shows one of my “plethora of small towns” kind of landing:

 landing 2

My Google Earth (GE) shot shows what looks like rural pastureland not far from the Canadian River.  You can see the telltale footprints of oil drilling operations as well:

 ge 1

Obviously, I landed in the Canadian R watershed (41st hit); on to the Arkansas R (111st hit); on to the MM (807th hit).

Here’s a GE StreetView shot of the Canadian taken from the Taloga bridge over the river.  It looks like good canoeing/kayaking:

taloga sv canadian taloga

Clearly, Taloga is the closest town, and by default is my titular town. But let me tell you, extensive internet research on all of the little towns yielded basically nada.  This is one of those hookless areas.  I don’t even know how any of the towns got their names!

 Here’s a back-in-the-day shot of the first bridge over the Canadian at Taloga being built.


 Figure 27.  A new bridge, particularly a major one, became a reason for celebration.  This structure was the first to span the South Canadian River at Taloga, Dewey County. Undated. (Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Library)

Figure 27. A new bridge, particularly a major one, became a reason for celebration. This structure was the first to span the South Canadian River at Taloga, Dewey County. Undated. (Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Library)

Here’s a Panoramio photo showing the view coming into Taloga from the south by Lydia & Fred Davenport (with the bluffs over the Canadian River in the background):

taloga pano lydia and fred davenport headin into taloga

Here’s another back-in-the-day shot, of a 1925 shot of a barbershop (and presumably some patrons) in Taloga (from OKGenWeb.org):

 taloga.barber okgenweb.org  1925

I was perusing the “BlogOklahoma.us” historical website for Dewey County.  The name Carrie Nation came up, so I checked it out.  There’s a plaque along a highway near my landing that marks the spot where she lived for a while with her husband David.  Here’s what the plaque says:

 A long cabin on this quarter section was the home of the nationally known Carrie Nation and husband David. Carry worked in the church, sometimes preaching in her husband’s stead. She would frequently load her buggy with bricks and go on her missions of smashing saloons.

 Here’s a map showing where the plaque (and former Carrie Nation cabin) is located relative to my landing:

 ge 2 carrie nation

OK.  We all need to learn a little more about Ms. Nation.  Here are some highlights from Wiki:

Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846 – 1911) was a radical member of the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition.  She frequently attacked the property of alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet or by throwing rocks and bricks.

Nation was a relatively large woman, almost 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. She described herself as “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.”.

 In 1865 she met a young physician who had fought for the Union: Dr. Charles Gloyd, by all accounts a severe alcoholic.   They were married in 1867, and separated shortly before the birth of their daughter, Charlien.  Gloyd died less than a year later of alcoholism, in 1869. Carrie developed a very passionate attitude against alcohol.

A few words of summary by me:  In 1874, she married David Nation, an attorney, minister and journalist (interesting combination).   They lived in Medicine Lodge, KS.   She and David were actively involved in the temperance movement, but without the vandalism. 

Based on some divine inspiration (in the form a heavenly vision), she became convinced that God wanted her to turn to more forceful measures.  Back to Wiki:

Responding to the revelation, Nation gathered several rocks – “smashers”, she called them – and proceeded to Dobson’s Saloon in Kiowa.  Announcing “Men, I have come to save you from a drunkard’s fate,” she began to destroy the saloon’s stock with her cache of rocks. After she similarly destroyed two other saloons in Kiowa, a tornado hit eastern Kansas, which she took as divine approval of her actions.

She continued her destructive ways in Kansas, her fame spreading through her growing arrest record.  After she led a raid in Wichita her husband joked that she should use a hatchet next time for maximum damage. Nation replied, “That is the most sensible thing you have said since I married you.”

 Suspicious that President William McKinley was a secret drinker, Nation applauded his 1901 assassination because drinkers “got what they deserved”.

Me again:  Although she stayed active in temperance movement the rest of her life (until her death in 1911), her hatchet-wielding and rock-throwing escapades lessened.  Back to Wiki:

She published The Smasher’s Mail, a biweekly newsletter, and The Hatchet, a newspaper.  Later in life she exploited her name by appearing in vaudeville in the United States and music halls in Great Britain.

Seeking profits elsewhere, Nation also sold photographs of herself, collected lecture fees, and marketed miniature souvenir hatchets.

 Near the end of her life Nation moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she founded the home known as Hatchet Hall.  Ill in mind and body, she collapsed during a speech and died not long afterwards.

Nation was buried in an unmarked grave in Belton, Missouri.  The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union later erected a stone inscribed “Faithful to the Cause of Prohibition, She Hath Done What She Could.”

She wasn’t bashful about being photographed.  Here’s a sampling:



Carrie Nation

I don’t think Carrie is in this shot, but these women are obviously followers:


I’ll close with this shot of some of a windmill near Seiling (a Seiling fan?), by Brian Morganti as posted on his StormEffects.com website:

 51699 SeilingWmLp2


That’ll do it.





© 2013 A Landing A Day

3 Responses to “Taloga, Oklahoma”

  1. N F said

    Your blog was interesting. The picture of water in the S. Canadian must be really old. Even without being in a drouth, these is usually nothing but small puddles in it. The towns of Seiling, Taloga, Vici, and Camargo still exist, the others are only memories. Thanks for the coverage

    • graywacke said

      NF: Thanks for the comments. Interesting about the rarity of water in the S. Canadian. But doesn’t it rain enough occasionally to get the river flowing?


      • N F said

        We are several years into a drought situation here. And the ground is very sandy. It would take a major downpour to wet the bed enough for water to flow. Most of the lakes in the western part of the state are are less than 25% full. One has had a major alga bloom that has killed the fish in it.

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