History of Collinsville

As we celebrate the quasquicentennial of Collinsville, have a fun walk around to learn about the history of our beloved town.

History of Collinsville

Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021, United States

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Drawn by the fertile bluegrass prairie and the huge coal beds beneath, settlers from all over began to gather to form a community. The year was 1897, and this was the beginning of what is now Collinsville.

The new, settlement (located about one mile east of the present town site on the R. E Graham allotment) was without a name for a short time. However, the citizens persuaded Dr. A. H. Collins, a surveyor and engineer, to move his post office (located on his allotment about two miles north of Owasso), to the new town site. To get Collins to move it, it was promised that the new town would be named after him. On May 26, 1897, the Collins post office was established, then on June 16, 1898, the name was changed to Collinsville.

"In accordance with the court proceedings held at Muscogee, Indian Territory Northern District, on April 1, 1899, in which the Petition for Incorporation of the Town of Collinsville, Indian Territory, was granted, the same bearing the Honorable Judge William Springer's signature." (Taken from the Collinsville News, Volume 1, Number 1, May 11, 1899.)

For almost two years, the community of Collinsville (Old Town) flourished. Charley "Jack" Taylor was the first mayor. EB. Dunaway and A. J. Clawson established the first store in town. Clawson was also postmaster.

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Many of the original buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s remain in use today. Collinsville's downtown is one of the few that retain the majority of its historic buildings. City Hall is housed in a historic structure built in 1913 ... Read more
Collinsville Library plays a vital role in the history of what was once a little pioneer town in Indian Territory. In 1903 a group of women formed the Comedy of Errors Book Club (COE). Their first order of business was to adopt the project ... Read more
In 1990, Collinsville was being recycled to an upscale arts and antique village paved with a brick rainbow.  The restoration was led by internationally-acclaimed artist, Diane Woodruff, who had adopted this town of about 3,000 people n... Read more
The Crown Theater was purchased by Bob and Mary Downing in 1947. The cost of the movies was 35 cents for adults and 15 cents for those 12 years and under.  The concessions were 5 cents each for pop, popcorn, and candy. Movies came to th... Read more
The Santa Fe Railroad Depot served Collinsville for many years and was often either destroyed or damaged by tornadoes. Passengers and freight were both hauled by the trains coming through Collinsville.  Passengers could buy tickets going... Read more
The Veteran’s Building was erected in 1946 following the end of World War II in 1945. Other than the obvious, the building was used for dances, civic gatherings, judging of competitions during the Tri County Fair, and even for high school... Read more
Due to an abundance of natural resources, including large deposits of shale, limestone and building stone, the Coffeyville Vitrified Brick & Tile Company was established in Collinsville in 1908. At full capacity, the plant employed 40 ... Read more
Sol Bayouth, the patriarch of the Bayouth family, was a young Lebanese immigrant, who, in 1903, set out from Wichita, Kansas, to make his way to Oklahoma Territory. He had a peddler’s pack strapped to his back as he walked the dusty and d... Read more
This building was built in ~1911 and was the home of "The Collinsville News" until 1987. Once Collinsville's oldest continuous business and also Tulsa County's oldest newspaper was the Collinsville News, which printed its first edition on ... Read more
Known for its wooden floors and meat lockers in the back, Guenther’s was a popular grocery store on Main Street. The store had entrances on Main Street and on West 12th Street.  This building had other uses before being purchased by t... Read more


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