- Okmulgee, OK
- Site Type:
- Parks and Recreation, Stadiums
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)
“This project consisted of several buildings, walls and structures to provide an athletic field for the local high school. The area consists of 65 acres, five buildings and seven miscellaneous structures. Visitors enter the field from the south, through a 24 ft. wide archway which reads “HARMON FIELD.” The arch is supported by two stone-covered posts…
Flanking the entry on the east and west of the ticket booths are two stone field houses. Originally, these were dressing rooms, but are now used as rest rooms. These buildings and the ticket booths have buff-colored, rough-cut native stone blocks from the ground to the water table. Above this, to the eaves the covering is flat, smooth randomly shaped stones in varying natural colors. On the front of the east field house, darker stones have been set above each window to read “W P A”. A bronze WPA plaque showing 1936 is attached to the south wall at the southeast and southwest corners.
The hipped roof originally had asbestos shingles. Today, it has metal roof siding, orange in color. In 1940, additional WPA work was completed, adding a stone wall, an additional concession building and a band shell which no longer exists. Harmon Athletic Field was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 (#98001588).” (https://www.waymarking.com)
“The only known WPA-built athletic stadium in Oklahoma in which workers placed the WPA letters in stone is at Harmon Field in Okmulgee.” (Barton)
Source notesMarjorie Barton, _Leaning on a Legacy: The WPA in Oklahoma_, Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2008. Pg. 37. https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMBJ8J_Harmon_Athletic_Field_Okmulgee_OK
Site originally submitted by hamquilter on July 26, 2012.
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