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Slick Depot: 1940

Slick Depot: 1940

February 1940. "Abandoned railway station, now used as a church, in the oil ghost town of Slick, Oklahoma." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Amazing Grace

Maybe she's a descendant of the town's namesake?

Full stop

Careful, Tom Slick. Watch that dangerous Slick spot as you zoom by in your Thunderbolt Grease Slapper.


Edson says the Oklahoma-Southwestern Railway was active from 1920 to 1930; Moody's says it was dismantled in January 1930. Ran 24 miles southeast from the Frisco main at Bristow to a dead end at Nuyaka. T.B. Slick was president.

Nice pun

Slick seems like the perfect name for an oil town.

... but why is there a "DANGEROUS" sign beside the church on the road?

[It's one of the danger signs of whatever. - Dave]

Fire and brimstone

It appears that the Reverend went a little heavy on the fire part, enough to buckle the right side of the roof and bow the guttering, which by the way, needs another downspout on that deformed section.

Still there- -

still a church, still slick.

The building today!

Okie names

Well, I thought I had heard them all but that's a new one! I know of Gotebo and Bug Tussle (I had to check the spelling here) and I once lived near Fanshawe and Red Oak. The last two were just "blink and you miss them" spots 20 years ago.

[Named for oilman Thomas B. Slick. - Dave]

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