Dec 27, 2007, 05:59 PM
Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust
Some 15 miles west of Clinton, Oklahoma is yet another town that “bit the dust” at the hands of Superhighway I-40. Foss, Oklahoma got its start in the late 1890s when people began to populate the valley of Turkey Creek. However, when a flash flood occurred on May 2, 1902, it pretty much wiped out the town, washing buildings away and drowning several people.
Not tempting Mother Nature again, the surviving residents moved out of the creek bottom to higher ground and the new town was called Foss. The fertile farmland surrounding the area attracted many early settlers and Foss grew to a population of almost 1000 people by 1905. Soon all manner of businesses sprang up including two banks and three cotton gins. Stone buildings replaced earlier frame structures, a school system was organized, and several churches were built. By 1912, Foss had an electric plant, two hotels and an opera house.
After the town’s initial rapid growth it stabilized at about 500 people. However, in the 1920's the town began to struggle as the nearby rail centers of Clinton and Elk City began to absorb much of the town’s former trade.
Later, the depression and the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s created further migration from the area. Still, the small town hung on and in the 1950's saw a revival due to the increased use of the Air Force Installation at nearby Burns Flat. However, the base closed at about the same time that Foss was bypassed by I-40 and those few remaining people began to leave. Finally, in September, 1977, the one bank left open in Foss closed its doors forever.
Foss is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. During World War II, the town boasted a population of over 300 residents, relying primarily on Route 66 travellers (which passed half a mile south of the city) and a U.S. naval base south of the town that operated during war time. A gas station and a café also operated in the town around that time. As of the United States Census, 2000, the town population was 127.
Foss is located at 35°27′12″N, 99°10′15″W
I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow
Dec 27, 2007, 07:40 PM
Random chance seems to have operated in our favor
Re: Foss Oklahoma
Thanks Gypsy. For those that think Gypsy is cussing, she's not. It's the spelling of the county. Take out the spaces....Wa shi ta.
Feb 05, 2009, 01:44 AM
Re: Foss Oklahoma
Just a note to advise that the small town of Foss is indeed still there. While only a shadow of its former self, it still has about two blocks of main street. Moreover, there still exists one of the main buildings (I'm not certain of the original purpose of that structure). While Clinton (my town) and Burns Flat will prevent Foss from ever returning to its former size, there are a number of people who continue to enjoy living there being just a few miles south of the lake and a dozen or so miles from either Clinton or Elk City.
Hope this helps,
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