Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Medicine Park Music Hall

This Medicine Park landmark was in its early years a roller skating rink. I have seen swimmers in the adjacent Medicine Creek come up with old, completely rusted skates, a few still with a roller or two attached. Apparently when the Hall was abandoned people just threw the skates into the creek from the overhanging balcony. Later it became a southwest Oklahoma showplace for many famous performers, Bob Wills among them. Presently, for sale, it is used primarily for wedding receptions and other private parties. At the entrance to the Hall stands a large sculpture of a buffalo (symbolic of the adjacent Wichita Mountains). The buffalo is the art of the late Robert Dean and hopefully will stand sentinel for many years to come. At one point the Hall was visited by a para-normal group who even swore there were ghosts present from past performances. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for such a storied building.

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