History of Oxford
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At Stage One, you will have to park and walk down some stairs.
At Stage two, you can get the information from your car.
At the Listed coordinates, you will be at the Old Mill. A three mile race was hand dug parallel to the Arkansas River. The water running through the mill race provided the electricity necessary to run the mill. A dam was built across the river to help the mill grow. The mill’s flour and cornmeal supported the slogan “Oxford’s Best”. The Old Mill was placed on the National Historical Register on April 26, 1982.
On the top sign, Note the words on the Third and Forth Lines. On the bottom sign Note the two men's names on line Four and Five.
Now drive to the Second coordinates. (N 37° 16.588 W 097° 10.210) This building was erected in 1873 at a cost of about $2,000. This was the first church edifice south and west of the Arkansas River and the first in Sumner County. The first stewards of the building were the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford. The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1872 with a membership of 15; the first pastor was Rev. S.B. Fleming. Sometime prior to World War II, the building was wired for electricity; the original oil lamps were converted to electricity, ceiling fans were installed, and the outdoor outhouse was replaced with an indoor attached facility. After a series of activity and inactivity, the building was decommissioned as a church and passed to the Oxford Ladies’ Club in 194? It was employed as a clubhouse and activity center through the mid-1990’s. A stone monument to the Ladies’ Club was erected outside the building by the organization in 1971. The building then fell into disuse and was purchased by a private concern with plans to donate the building to the Town of Oxford to house historical exhibits.
What denomination is now meeting in the building?
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Last Updated: on 8/27/2017 8:16:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:16 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum