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  • McClain County Courthouse
    McClain County Courthouse
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    prehistoric fish, Sam Noble Museum
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  • Hotel Love

    Originally the Hotel Love and still the building in downtown Purcell, this 1895 structure, now Butler's Antiques, is justly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A three-story brick structure, the signature white balconies and white wooden portico mark this instantly as a building from the 19th century. Like many preserved buildings...

  • The Evolution of the Past

    Like many Main Street preservations throughout the country, you can still detect the old despite the modern varnish. Along Purcell's Main Street, there is not a single original date on any of the facades, nor is there a name of a single original proprietor chiseled into the stone above the front entrances. In some cases however, such as this...

  • The Law Unlike You've Ever Seen It

    The offices of Montgomery and Montgomery occupy an interesting building near the heart of Purcell's historic Main Street. Unlike the common red brick facades that line the heart of downtown in many Oklahoma communities, this particular building is a wooden construction whose distinction is obvious at a glance. Parking along Main Street is easy and...


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    Know the Time

    by mrclay2000 Written Jun 22, 2003

    Like most small towns in the United States, there is generally a large public clock somewhere on the main plaza. Usually attached to the town hall, the post office, the main national bank or perhaps the train depot, these neat originals are among the easiest thing to preserve, and the easiest thing to overlook in America's historic Main Streets.

    Purcell town hall and city clock
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Purcell Off The Beaten Path

  • A Better Example

    The historic Main Street of Norman is less than twenty minutes up the road, but unlike Purcell, the journey from I-35 to Norman's historic district would involve 45 minutes to an hour round-trip. Having grown up at the same time and for the same reason and being near one another, there are obviously similarities in each city's historic Main Street.

  • The State's Biggest City - Just up the...

    Oklahoma City lies roughly thirty miles north of Purcell. The zoo, the state capitol building, the downtown renovation project, the historic districts, the wealth of museums and theaters, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and all the other outlets befitting a large city are within a half-hour's drive of this small county seat of some 6,000...

  • Even Deeper into Oklahoma's Past

    South of the University of Oklahoma campus and just minutes north of Purcell above the "Canadian River" is the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Some of the largest dinosaur bones ever discovered are on display here, as well as early Oklahoma prehistorical cultures and other displays. Admission fees are charged.


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  • As the County Seat, . . .

    As the county seat of McClain County, all county business is transacted at the county courthouse. As the seat of government, war pavilions and honor rolls are kept here, and most of the county's town squares are centered in the county seat (Purcell), such as the charming one next to the Hotel Love. Along with that venerable structure, the county...

  • A Taste for Architecture

    This photo along East Main gives a fair idea of the rest of street, the historic heart of Purcell. At left is a red brick building from the territorial era, now a shop of some sort. In the center is a modern revitalization of an old Main Street building called the "Old Oklahoma Territory Store," established in 1995. Its wooden facade and wooden...

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