National Register of Historic Places
Edmond, Oklahoma County
While Oklahoma is considered by many to be a "young" state, Edmond proudly boasts of a rich and colorful past which includes trains, cattle drives, Indians and settlement via an energetic Land Run. Appreciation of this heritage is readily seen by the numerous historic buildings and plaques exhibited throughout the community. Walking tour guides and other information is available from the Edmond Historical Society Museum at 431 S. Broadway. That organization deserves our special appreciation as most of the following information has been provided courtesy of the Edmond Historical Society.
The Legion Hut is located on the southwest corner of Stephenson Park and was built in 1936 through the help of the WPA at a cost of $7000. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
This is believed to be the first school built in Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. It has been restored and is open to visitors the first two Saturdays of every month from 1pm-4pm and is available to be pre-booked as a learning experience for special group tours.
Visually unique with its WPA brick and stone fence, Gracelawn Cemetery was established by the citizens of Edmond in April 1895. It is the burial place of "Kickingbird Reynolds," one of Edmond's founding fathers and one of the original legislators from Oklahoma's early territorial days. Visit the Veteran's Memorial located at the SW area of Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond's first cemetery. The memorial consists of several vertical markers all with quotes by former U.S. Presidents or historical information. There is even a marker that has important historical documents stored underneath it. The memorial is located in an area surrounded by landscaping, benches, a bell and a picnic table so you can sit down and pay your respects and enjoy reading the markers.
First opened for classes in 1893, Old North is noted as the first building of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Old North is a community icon and the enduring symbol of the University of Central Oklahoma.