Wagoner Armory

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Wagoner Armory
Wagoner Armory.jpg
Wagoner Armory is located in Oklahoma
Wagoner Armory
Location 509 E. Cherokee St., Wagoner, Oklahoma
Coordinates 35°57′36″N 95°22′15″W / 35.96000°N 95.37083°W / 35.96000; -95.37083Coordinates: 35°57′36″N 95°22′15″W / 35.96000°N 95.37083°W / 35.96000; -95.37083
Area less than one acre
Built 1937-1938
Architect Nolen, Bryan W.; WPA
Architectural style Works Progress Administration
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 94000490[1]
Added to NRHP May 20, 1994

The Wagoner Armory, also known as National Guard Armory, was built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration in order to make jobs for unemployed workers in the area. The Oklahoma National Guard used the building since it was built, until it was abandoned along with 58 other armories in the state of Oklahoma after they were ordered to be closed in 2006 by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

The Wagoner Armory, like many other armories, was contaminated with lead from bullets fired in their underground rifle ranges and from asbestos.[2] The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality cleaned the facility up as part of its Site Cleanup Assistance Program.[2]

The municipal government of Wagoner, Oklahoma took over ownership on October 22, 2009.[2]

The city is not exactly sure what their plans are for the armory but they are thinking about letting different groups use it, such as some senior citizen groups.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Ownership of Wagoner Armory Set to Be Transferred, Newson6.com, October 7, 2009 (accessed May 26, 2010).
  3. ^ "Wagoner officials not sure how to use armory," Muskogee Phoenix, November 22, 2007 (accessed May 26, 2010).