Ghost Town: Fallis,
by Brian A.
fast approaching, I thought it only appropriate to visit
a few of Oklahoma's ghost towns and haunted locales.
First up is Fallis, Oklahoma (all right, all you smart asses,
note that Fallis is not spelled with a "ph"). You can
find it easily enough by plugging it into Google Maps. My Garmin
Zumo also knew where the town was located. I chose to ride my
Dakar because I wasn't sure what sort of terrain I would have to
cross, but getting to Fallis was all on easy dirt and gravel
home would have been right on the main drag. A weed-choked, crumbling sidewalk
remains ... and a gate leading to a yard not at all ready for a Better
Homes and Gardens spread.
According to several sources, Fallis was
an agricultural center, a railroad town, and an oil
community ... it was the home of five nationally recognized authors, plus two
well-known state poets. The original natural setting was beautiful, and, as one
author noted, it was a source of inspiration. Founded in 1892 ... Fallis
developed as an agricultural trade center. Cotton was the principal crop, and
two cotton gins were in operation. In 1902 the Katy railroad built through
Fallis when completing its line from Bartlesville to Oklahoma City. In 1903 the
Katy built a line from Fallis to Guthrie. Also in 1903, the tracks of the Fort
Smith and Western Railroad from Fort Smith to Guthrie crossed the Katy line at
Fallis, making the community a trans-shipment center ... The first oil well
drilled in Lincoln County, in 1904, was near Fallis ... At the time of statehood
Fallis had a population of about 350. Four general stores, a bakery, two
lumberyards, two blacksmith shops, three hotels, a bank, two doctors, and four
saloons, as well as other businesses, attested to the importance of Fallis as a
trade center ...Fallis today is, for the most part, in shambles ... The Fort
Smith and Western and a part of the Katy railroads have long been abandoned, and
the remainder of the Katy tracks are unused. Two remaining brick buildings,
which are falling apart, and the old bank vault still stand in the former
business district along with the closed post office. The dozen homes remaining
give evidence of the town’s demise. Streets are almost impassable, and yards are
uncared for and full of weeds.
Yeah, that about sums it up.
Why did everyone leave Fallis to wither and die? And why did they leave so much
behind? I was there for several hours and saw absolutely no one -- just a few
dogs and a truck that passed without stopping.
Here -- in multiple blog entries -- are some of the things I saw. Subtitle it
"Entropy at Work" or "Oklahoma Reclaims its Own." It's spooky how quickly Mother
Nature can erase any trace of us pesky humans!
on your swing in the evenings and watch the traffic on Main Street.
Sale: Used Van ... only driven to church on Sundays.
that a face in the upstairs window? The ghosts of Fallis are waiting for your
they didn't need their boat when they left?
front porch is in slight need of repair.
place for the bed on a warm summer evening...
Buildings not in total disrepair, like the one above, sported
padlocks on the front door ... perhaps
they're still occupied?
have clearly been abandoned for quite some time...
many of the former residents' worldly possessions to rot in the
they leave without even a pot to piss in?
were apparently the norm in Fallis.
still serviceable, eh?
of cooking for an ungrateful family? Drag your stove out in the
yard and put a few rounds of buckshot into it.
there are still some residents in Fallis. If not, and that
Toyota is abandoned, I want it!
old bank vault on main street.
can see the big iron door on the ground in front of the vault.
It was too heavy to lift.
left to rust.
HERE to continue your tour of Fallis.