Dow Lake Dancing Pavilion

Dow Lake Dancing PavilionPublished by S.H. Kress Co., this postcard shows the Dancing Pavilion on Dow Lake, McAlester, Oklahoma. I searched online for info regarding the pavilion, but came up empty.


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Dow Lake Dancing Pavilion — 2 Comments

  1. I lived on a farm about 1/4 mile north of that location from 1948 to 1958. The school bus let me off at the end of the Brushy Creek bridge, and I would walk across the Dow Lake dam, past the site of the pavilion (which was non-existent that time), through the woods to our farm. My mom grew up in the area, and she said she often went dancing there as a young girl. She said that a murder happened there one night (jealous husband killed his wife and another man). She said that after that the crowds stopped coming there and the place closed down. She never told me what happened to the building. I have walked over the site many time, but I never saw any evidence that the building had ever existed there.

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  2. Larry:
    I lived on a farm about 1/4 mile north of that location from 1948 to 1958.The school bus let me off at the end of the Brushy Creek bridge, and I would walk across the Dow Lake dam, past the site of the pavilion (which was non-existent that time), through the woods to our farm.

    I sure appreciate the info Larry, that’s very interesting! I don’t have that postcard in front of me right now (if I even still own it), but from the front it looks like it might date from the early ‘teens. The pavilion may have been dismantled in the 1930s, so it’s understandable that there might have been no trace of the structure in the ’50s. Thank you so much for sharing!

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